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Respect for Life Week


The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) celebrates ​Respect for Life Week from May 9 - 15. 

 

The policies and practices of the TCDSB affirm the sacred character of human life and Respect for Life week is an annual opportunity to celebrate this. ​

We are called to be creative and supportive of life. Respect for life means that all human beings have value and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect from the eldest to the youngest; from those who are strong and healthy to those who are vulnerable because of illness or disabilities; and from those who can speak for themselves to those who cannot. 

As a Catholic community, every week is Respect for Life Week as we work together to nurture and empower our students and one another to stand up for those who are most vulnerable. 

All life is sacred, and we are called to serve and to love one another.
 




Tips for Respect for Life Week


  • Discuss what it means to have respect for all life and explore moral and social justice (e.g. through some of the news and stories appearing online).

  • Some conversations on respect for life issues can be sensitive so it is important to review the pathways to care​ that are available before and after any discussion.

  • Connect virtually with those who may feel isolated during this time (e.g. elderly loved ones online, call extended family or friends who live alone, etc.)


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Events


  • Respect for Life Week will be celebrated in person in Ottawa and online from May 7 to 13.  2022 is the 25th Anniversary of the National March for Life in Ottawa! The theme this year is "I am fearfully and wonderfully made" quoted from Psalm 139:14, expressing our Catholic belief that everyone is lovingly made in the image and likeness of God. www.marchforlife.ca



  • As part of Respect for Life Week, NCC is supporting the TCDSB Anti-Racism Conference, "Learn and Unlearn: Challenging the Norms in Media" so that we can Walk with Christ, with eyes of hope and faith, in building more inclusive communities.  This conference is open to classes in Grades 7-12.

  • NCC is also hosting a livestream with Development & Peace Animator, Dean Detloff, who will be discussing the importance of human rights and environmental due diligence. An opportunity to take action will be presented.  This webinar is open to classes in Grades 7-12.

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