Update 03.30.17! Education Ministry pulls controversial Motherisk flyers from schools, websites
We're pleased that the Motherisk poster has been pulled from schools on the directive of the Ministry of Education.
"“I don’t know where the fulsome conversation was about how do we make sure we do our job and also manage the sensitive issues involved in this also manage the unintended consequences?” [Pat Convery] said."
Kathy Soden, PACT Program Manager sent an email to Minister Hunter and Deputy Minister Rodrigues in response to their quick action in pulling the Motherisk poster. She also took the opportunity to inform him about an important new workshop for teachers educators being developed by the ACO.
It has come to our attention that the above Motherisk Commission Poster has been posted across schools in Ontario. These posters may be posted in places seen by students and are potentially emotionally upsetting. We are also aware that parents may receive an e-mail of the poster with no explanation of the situation.
Though we have limited details about the posting at this time, we felt it necessary to advise parents across Ontario of this situation. If possible, we suggest having a conversation with your children/youth about the poster in order to support them through any adverse feelings they may have.
We share your concern that the language used in the poster may have a negative effect on children and youth with experiences in the foster care system.
If you have questions about the poster or want some assistance in knowing how to speak to your children/youth, please do not hesitate to contact us for support.
As more details about the Motherisk poster become available, we will do our best to keep you updated. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, @ontarioadopts.
Memo from Ministry of Education's Deputy Minister, Bruce Rodrigues, to Director of Education on March 20th re: the Motherisk outreach. Read it here.