Anti-Oppressive Practice

Anti-Oppressive Practice Directional Statement:

We are committed to anti-oppressive practice in which we challenge the impacts of power and privilege, eliminate barriers, and are inclusive of the broad range of diversity in our community.

What is AOP and why is Durham CAS working On AOP?

For these and other Frequently asked questions, please click here.

Learn about our Director of Equity and Community Partnership: Rona Jualla van Oudenhoven

Black History Community Events

Each year, since 2016, we have invited members of our community to join us for our Black History events. Please watch our website and social media for information about our events.

On Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, Durham CAS hosted its second annual Black History event for the community themed Black History in the Making.  We were delighted to welcome back Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard as one of our keynote speakers.  Dr. Bernard is a highly regarded social worker, educator, researcher, community activist and advocate of social change who was appointed to the Canadian Senate on November 10, 2016.

We were also honoured to have Fowzia Duale Virtue present on the important work of the Black Experience Project. View the video below to hear from our guest speakers.

Building Bridges for the Success of our Children and Youth

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, Durham CAS hosted the first Building Bridges for the Success of our Children and Youth session – a consultation provided in collaboration with leaders of the African Canadian/Black community in Durham.  Since then, we have committed to hosting this event on an annual basis.  Please visit the Building Bridges section of our website for more information and to view videos of past presentations.

AOP Community launch

On June 2, 2015, Durham CAS hosted our Anti-Oppressive Practice Launch with our community.

Anti-Oppressive Practice Framework

The Ontario Association of Children’s Aids Societies (OACAS) has developed on Anti-Oppressive Practice Framework for Child Welfare in Ontario. Download a copy here.