Approval from B.C.’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner makes Richmond the first school district in the province to be able to provide both preferential hiring and layoff protection to teachers who identify as Aboriginal.
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School district able to prioritize Aboriginal employees
Published 12:03 PDT, Thu April 1, 2021
Last Updated: 12:23 PDT, Thu April 1, 2021
Richmond is the first B.C. community to be able to provide preferential hiring and layoff protection for teachers who identify as Aboriginal.
The new provisions are part of a special program approval from the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, a provincial body that aims to address inequality and discrimination. Richmond Teachers' Association president Liz Baverstock mentioned the news at last night’s school board meeting.
While other districts have been able to do preferential hiring, Richmond is the first to also include built-in layoff protection.
“I think Richmond should be proud of the work that we have done in this area, and that we are in fact the first to receive this approval,” said Baverstock.
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