About 30 students from three secondary schools in the Greater Toronto Area came to Queen’s Park on March 27 last for “a day of learning and political engagement.”
The students from Northview Heights Secondary School, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute and North Toronto Collegiate Institute, along with several of their teachers, toured the Ontario Legislative Building and watched the House in session.
After question period, they joined members of the Ontario New Democratic Party’s Black caucus and Black political staffers for lunch and a panel discussion on ” the political process and careers.”
Several students spoke about their experiences of discrimination within the education system and asked what can be done to end racism in schools.
In response, some of the MPPs shared their own experiences of racism and spoke of the responsibility that they have, both as elected representatives and as adults, to protect Black youth.
Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto-St. Paul’s, told the students: ” We are here for you and we’re listening.This is your House and you’re always welcome here.”