Wednesday, February 24, 2021


Cultural appropriation is the inappropriate adoption of the customs, practices, ideas, and cultures, usually by a group or person with more power in our world. Understanding and calling out these harmful behaviours is not being sensitive or weak, it is being a good person who cannot accept hate. This is an incredibly problematic issue that has been profoundly ingrained into our society. Here are some examples:


Blackface

Dressing up in traditional cultural clothing for Halloween - This could be dressing up as gypsies, Rastafarians, geishas, or in First Nations headdresses

Appropriating traditional African hairstyles

Exoticizing cultures - This could be sexualizing cultural clothing


These are just a few of many that one could do to appropriate another person's culture. If you catch yourself, or someone else doing something similar to the previous examples, then there are two things that you must do. First keep an open mind and second educate. We can learn and make a positive difference when we realize what we are doing is wrong, and that is time to make a change. Remember, confront the discriminatory behaviour, not the person.


Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day. This day has its roots in the events from the two high school students in Nova Scotia who wore pink to support another student after he was bullied for wearing pink. It has taken on an "Anti-Bullying" and "Kindness" approach and is celebrated all across Canada. We encourage our students to wear pink tomorrow to support the anti bullying movement.


Today is national Jamaican Beef Patty day


Monday, February 22, 2021


According to the Oxford Languages Dictionary, a microaggression is a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.

These words may seem harsh and hard to grasp but, microaggression and biases are still very much evident and embedded in our school system. You might have heard of people using their friend’s racial identities as excuses for their derogatory language. These are your everyday microaggressions built into our society.

But, everyone can prevent and eliminate them. Start by calling it out when it occurs, don’t be a bystander. Even if you believe it was a mistake or a misconception it still has an impact on the Black and racialized community. The next step would be to explain to the individual why what they said was racist even if that wasn’t their intention. This will help educate them further and prevent any future occurrences.

Make sure you confront the discriminatory behaviour, rather than the person. Educate the person in question by explaining to them that although their intention wasn’t negative, the impact of the microaggression is far more important than any intention held.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021


Hey Chargers! Tomorrow will be the first MSA meeting at 3pm. If you’d like to find out more about the club, join our Google Classroom using the code: gxxvdrs. Hope to see you then!

Friday, February 12, 2021


Hey Chargers! The MSA is looking to start up again and we would love to see you be a part of it. MSA stands for Muslim Students’ Association. If you want to learn more about islam or are just curious, join us on Google Classroom using the code: gxxvdrs and follow us on Intagram using @GWSSMSA. Exec positions will be opened today on Google Classroom. Our first meeting will be next week Thursday.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

If you have books to return from last quadmester’s classes, please return them as soon as possible by dropping them in the clear bins you see in the hallways throughout the school. Thanks!


Hey Chargers! The MSA is looking to start up again and we would love to see you be a part of it. MSA stands for Muslim Students’ Association. So if you want to learn more about islam or are just curious, join us on Google Classroom using the code: gxxvdrs and follow us on Intagram: @GWSSMSA to find out more. We also have various exec positions open, watch out for the applications coming soon in our Google Classroom.