Culture of Belonging

At Rosseau Lake College, we understand that we have a duty to ensure that every student feels welcome at our school, valued for who they are, respected, cared for, and supported so that they can participate in RLC activities and learn in a thriving and inclusive community.

At varying points throughout RLC’s history, our community has been faced with some difficult moments where the words and actions of students have diminished the very idea of inclusion in our community. Discriminatory words, outlooks, and actions greatly compromise the safety and overall experience of our students. While we maintain zero tolerance for discriminatory behaviour, we also believe in each of our students. As a school, our overriding intent is to educate: to work, as a team, within our learning cultures and with each individual student, to ensure lasting learning and growth.

RLC is very lucky to have faculty member and Seven Generations Lead, Kory Snache/Giniw and mentors in the Wasauksing First Nations Community for guidance. This has helped us to more intentionally consider exactly what restorative practices and restorative circles mean at our school. Furthermore, under this guidance we have discovered further important steps and action for our community to be taking. 

Rosseau Lake College has a special faculty and student task force to closely examine inclusiveness at our school, building ideas, strategies, and resources that will help all members of our community to connect more profoundly with the very idea of racism and our collective and individual responsibilities in taking action and not allowing it to go unnoticed. 

We are forever looking inward, identifying our gaps, challenges, and opportunities for growth. It is in an open, inviting, inclusive approach to action that serves to better solidify our immediate and larger community. This is important work and it will permeate the school’s culture, guide actions, and be reflected in students’ and employees’ lived experiences.

As a school community, we are not immune to hatred, nor can we claim the high moral ground of knowing exactly what to do about it. What we can do is acknowledge that we have work to do, all of us, to displace hatred with love. We can acknowledge that this work will continue throughout our lives, and that it is the most sacred and meaningful work we have as human beings.

– Robert Carreau