On December 2, the Dutch School as well as the Dutch Groceries and Giftware store in Ottawa will hold their annual public holiday parties, with someone dressed as Black Pete, a racist caricature of Santa’s helper that remains popular in the Netherlands and among some Dutch Canadians.

Please take a moment to read this article to learn more. Click here to sign the petition to the store and to phone the Ottawa school boards, calling on them to end this practice, which contributes to persistent anti-Black racism.