For Media Inquiries & Assistance Please Call: 1-800.735.4086

Anti-racism group accuses Montreal-area school of systemic racism

By Alyssia Rubertucci, Posted Feb 1, 2023, Last Updated Feb 1, 2023, 3:09PM EST.

A Montreal group dedicated to fighting systemic racism and racial profiling is accusing a Montreal-area school of systemic racism.
The Red Coalition says young Black students at Collège Bourget in Rigaud, Que., 65 kilometres west of Montreal, are targets of discrimination and racism. They allege that white students at the elementary and secondary school have pulled Black students’ hair, spat on them and called them the N-word.
“It is unacceptable that in 2023 children continue to suffer in schools what I suffered myself 40 years ago,” said Joel DeBellefeuille, Founder and Executive Director of the Red Coalition, in a press release. “No child should ever be bullied and excluded because of their race or ethnicity, but unfortunately racism is a daily reality for many Canadian children.”
The Red Coalition says that these behaviours take place in front of teachers, support staff and school administration.
They say they believe that the recent law enacted by the Quebec government to protect academic freedom contributes to the use of the N-word in academic circles.
The Red Coalition and the Black Class Action Secretariat are joining forces to combat this.
“The tolerance of the use of the “N” word in elementary and secondary schools contributes to the development of anti-Black racism that continues in the workplace,” says Alain Babineau, Director of the Francophone section of the Secretariat.
Wednesday, the first day of Black History Month 2023, the Red Coalition and the Secretariat will hold a joint press conference to announce the measures they plan to take at the provincial, national and international levels to combat anti-Black racism.
Philippe Bertrand, the Director General of Collège Bourget, said the situation at the school is not what the Red Coalition describes and he plans on speaking to media to clarify. By email he said: “The Red Coalition is basing themselves on one case in which a young girl is unfortunately suffering racist insults, which we do not deny. In no way do we tolerate this kind of behavior, they are reprimanded.”



Family of Montreal man killed while unlawfully jailed wants systemic racism inquiryLa famille de l’homme demande une enquête sur le racisme systémiqueSystemic racism inquiry called for by family of man who died after being pepper-sprayed at Bordeaux prisonDétenu mort à la prison de Bordeaux: une coalition exige plus de transparence sur le milieu carcéralUN GROUPE ANTIRACISTE RÉCLAME UNE ENQUÊTE PUBLIQUE SUR LA MORT DU DÉTENU DE BORDEAUXRights group seeks public inquiry into death of man in Montreal jailLobby group seeks public inquiry in Montreal man's jail deathAnti-racism group calls for release of video in connection with Montreal jail deathCivil rights group calls for inquiry into death of illegally jailed 21-year-old black manUne coalition réclame la publication de la vidéo de l’interventionLobby group seeks public inquiry, release of video in Montreal man’s jail deathAnti-racism group claims Quebec told Longueuil police to ignore court order on racial profilingAllison Hanes: Montreal prison death demands urgent answersRed Coalition: Quebec ministry told Longueuil police force to defy court order on racial profilingQuebec told Longueuil police to disregard court order on racial profiling, says anti-racism groupCivil rights group accuses Quebec of covering up race-based police dataQue s’est-il passé à Bordeaux ?Public inquiry ordered into jail death of illegally detained Montreal manPublic inquest to be held into death of man in Montreal jailChief coroner orders public inquiry into death of 21-year-old illegally detained at Bordeaux jailCoroner orders public inquiry into Montreal man's jail deathIl y aura une enquête publique du coroner sur la mort de Nicous SpringRed Coalition calling for investigation into systemic racism in Quebec jailsChief Coroner orders public inquiry into death of Nicous SpringPolice union head tells Montreal's new chief: staffing shortages 1st, community policing 2ndPROFILAGE RACIAL: UNE PLAINTE OFFICIELLE DÉPOSÉE CONTRE LA VILLE DE LONGUEUILCoalition alleges contempt of court against LongueuilPROFILAGE RACIAL: «LA CAQ DOIT TENIR SES PROMESSES», ESTIME LA COALITION ROUGEGroups to kick off Black History Month with measures to fight racism
Anti-racism group accuses Montreal-area school of systemic racismCalls grow to change streets named after Christopher Columbus on island of MontrealQuebec sisters afraid to go school, say racism complaints ignoredGroup says private school near Montreal ignored racism complaintsCas de racisme et de cyberintimidation au Collège Bourget de RigaudUn citoyen souhaite «annuler» Christophe Colomb à Pointe-ClaireRACISME ET CYBERINTIMIDATION: LE COLLÈGE BOURGET MIS EN DEMEUREBlack anti-racism groups lob volleys at Canada and QuebecProminent Quebeckers voice support for Trudeau’s anti-Islamophobia representativeProminent Québecers plead for federal anti-Islamophobia rep to be given a chancePetition against Bill 21 tabled at National AssemblyMontreal police brotherhood says it's too easy to blame its members for racial profilingLongueuil, other Quebec police slow in implementing race-based data frameworkAucune accusation ne sera portée contre les policiers qui ont tué Junior OlivierCalls for police accountability as officers who fatally shot Jean René Olivier face no chargesLack of care on Loyola property "unacceptable":DeBellefeuilleGroups call to cancel puppet show featuring minstrel characterUn spectacle pour enfants sème la controverse dans l’ouest de MontréalUn exemple de « racisme systémique », dénoncent des associationsLocal Montreal play carries on despite upset over controversial puppetFamily of man killed by Repentigny police says lawsuit incomingLa mère de Jean-René Junior Olivier poursuit la Ville de RepentignyLa mère de Jean-René Junior Olivier, abattu par des policiers de Repentigny en août 2021, a déposé une poursuite contre la Ville de RepentignyFamily of Black man killed by Repentigny police files to sue city for $430K in damages


no categories


no tags