Noah and Logan asked Cowichan Secondary School to take this picture and post it on Facebook. (Submitted)

Racism to be addressed at Cowichan High

Monday’s shocking fights near the school have drawn a high-level response from the community

Community leaders are stepping in to tackle racism in the Cowichan Valley after a widely publicized fight between Cowichan Secondary School students earlier this week brought accusations of bigotry bubbling to the surface.

Chief William Seymour of Cowichan Tribes, Duncan Mayor Phil Kent, North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure, and Board of Education Chair Candace Spilsbury got together to talk, after the inter-racial fight near Cowichan Secondary this Monday.

By Wednesday afternoon, the four were meeting to talk about the situation and its causes.

The “right-now” action includes school-based sessions aimed at helping students develop a strong sense of social responsibility.

“These sessions will involve Elders and prominent community members, will take place prior to winter break, and will continue throughout schools and the community in the new year. The work will be supported by local community agencies, the school district, and Cowichan Tribes staff,” the statement said.

The four leaders spoke firmly.

“We do not want racism to define our community,” they said, adding that solutions must come collectively.

But, “individuals also have a role to play in creating tolerant and inclusive communities, and that starts with choosing to treat each other with kindness and understanding. We have come a long way, but we still have work to do,” they said.

Further, on Thursday morning Cowichan Secondary School posted the following statement on its Facebook page:

“IT IS OVER!

Noah and Logan asked us to take this picture. After the fight, these two boys sorted it out. They want people to know that they are team-mates on our rugby team and they are good with each other. For Noah and Logan, this was not about race. It is over.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

No new leads in Brown homicide case

Five-year mark passes without any additional information provided to police

Work progresses on Clement Centre’s new building in Cobble Hill

Sod-turning ceremony for facility held on Sept. 21

Island Health says York Road only location available for Wellness and Recovery Centre

Health Authority claims no other suitable site available

Survey to gauge interest in connecting Cowichan to Nanaimo by bus

People can fill out the survey until Oct. 16.

Liberals vow wage-subsidy extension to 2021, revamp of EI system in throne speech

Canadian labour market was hammered by pandemic, when lockdowns in the spring led to a loss of 3 million jobs

Cops for Cancer: COVID-19 can’t stop Tour de Rock

‘having the chance to come back and ride this year means everything to me’

‘It’s a boy’: Southern Resident killer whale calf born to J Pod is healthy, researchers say

J35 had previously done a ‘Tour of Grief,’ carrying her dead calf for 17 days

People ‘disgusted’ by COVID-19 election call, B.C. Liberal leader says

Andrew Wilkinson speaks to municipal leaders from Victoria

Horgan blasts B.C. Greens for refusing youth overdose detention

Lack of support key to B.C. election call, NDP leader says

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Canada’s active COVID-19 cases top 10,000 as daily new cases triple over the past month

Dr. Tam repeated her warning to young people, who have made up the majority of recent cases

Grand jury indicts police officer in Breonna Taylor death

Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment

Most Read