A human rights education classroom has opened its doors at the Community Safety Village of York Region, giving young people a chance to learn about their rights and responsibilities in our global community.
An elder from the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation named the classroom Daessinigaewin – which means ‘accepting into one’s heart’ – in an opening ceremony on Tuesday, March 10. The classroom will teach young people about the importance of peacebuilding and global citizenship.
“Educators hope to inspire commitment to peaceful co-existence in an ever-changing world,” says York Regional Police (YRP) Sgt. Andy Pattenden. “This classroom will host students from kindergarten to Grade 5 and will offer them the opportunity to explore the strength and potential of our shared humanity.”
Speakers included Chief Eric Jolliffe, representatives from York Region, the YRP Services Board and the Ontario Human Rights Commission. “YRP’s commitment to positively influencing the next (generation) while celebrating diversity and inclusivity is to be commended,” said Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt.
Located within Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area in Whitchurch-Stouffville, YRP’s Community Safety Village is an interactive, educational facility where children learn about fire, traffic and personal safety. Visits to the village are booked through York Region schools but the public is encouraged to visit during the special events hosted by YRP throughout the year.
The human rights education classroom will also be used for special events and as a venue for inclusive and cross-cultural learning, as well as community meetings to support education in human rights, peacebuilding and global citizenship.
Photo: Members of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation named the human rights education classroom in a naming ceremony.