Black Lives Matter & Anti-Racism Conversations

Experiences Canada’s Black Lives Matter & Anti Racism Conversations series – produced in both English and French – aims to increase the capacity of youth to engage in Anti-Racism conversations by providing them with an opportunity to learn from emerging and established leaders and from their peers.

 

A series of live events over 7 weeks will be accompanied by easy-to-follow discussion guides, educational materials and resources from anti-racism organizations. A key objective for this series is to amplify the message and voices of the Black Lives Matter Movement and Anti-Racism Activists in Canada.

The Program

The Black Lives Matter Inspired Anti-Racism Conversation Series will bring you 7 weeks of live online events broadcast simultaneously on zoom and Facebook Live. Below you can find a breakdown of the topics covered each week. Dates are subject to change until closer to the event. 

– Monday October 26 –

What is Black Lives Matter and its Impact in Canada

View the webinar & Resources

– Monday November 2 –  
Introduction to Racism

View the webinar & Resources

– Monday November 9 –  
Justice and Security

View the webinar & Resources

– Monday November 16 –  
Economic Opportunities

View the webinar & Resources

– Monday November 23 –  
Health

View the webinar & Resources

-Monday November 30 –
Environment

View the webinar & Resources

- Monday December 7 -   Allyship (Workshop)

Are you interested in taking your interest in anti-racism to the next level? Join us for a workshop on Allyship. Open to youth 15-30 and people who work with youth, this 1.5 hour session will provide you with an opportunity to build and improve on your own personal actions to support anti-racism. The workshop will include formal presentations and break out sessions to share ideas with your peers

 

Speakers Include: Anthony Morgan, Jesse Lipscombe, Chelsea Martin and Imani Dominique Busby (Toronto’s Manifesto)

 

Register – zoom

Featured Speakers

The Black Lives Matter Inspired Anti-Racism Conversation Series has collaborated with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour activists, leaders, authors, professors, environmentalists, lawyers, and journalists.

Andréa Williams

Andréa Williams

Community Educator

Andréa is a proud Black Indigenous community educator, working to highlight Indigenous ways of knowing and being within early learning

Anna-Kay Russell

Anna-Kay Russell

Co-founder - Canadian Black Policy Network

Anna-Kay is a bilingual policy and governance professional and community leader.

Anthony Morgan

Anthony Morgan

Manager - Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit - City of Toronto

The CABR Unit is responsible for the implementation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism.

Arezoo Najibzadeh

Arezoo Najibzadeh

Co-founder - Platform

Arezoo works with young women and gender-diverse youth to identify and address barriers against their success within politics.

Brittany McBeath

Brittany McBeath

Kanyénkehá:ka (Mohawk) PhD Student, Indigenous Health Promotion

Brittany is a Kanyénkehá:ka (Mohawk) graduate student who holds a doctoral scholarship award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin

Co-founder - Toronto's Manifesto

Chelsea Martin is a driven, multifaceted student at Drexel University who is extremely passionate about advocacy, activism, and politics

Christopher Thompson

Christopher Thompson

Founder - Skills for Life Inc.

Chris is also the Vice Chair of The Federation of Black Canadians, an org that advances the interests of Canadians of African descent.

Ezechiel Nana

Ezechiel Nana

Network rep - Jack.org
Gabrielle Fayant-Lewis

Gabrielle Fayant-Lewis

co-founder and co-CEO of Assembly of Seven Generations

An award winning woman for her work in community, for her dedication to supporting young people, and amplifying grassroots efforts.

Imani Dominique Busby

Imani Dominique Busby

Co-founder - Toronto's Manifesto

Imani is an entrepreneurial and ambitious undergraduate student studying Creative Industries at Ryerson University. 

Dr. Ingrid Waldron

Dr. Ingrid Waldron

Founder and CEO of One World Diversity Consulting

Born in Montreal to Trinidadian parents. Dr Waldron is a socialist, professor, activist, and Director of the ENRICH Project

Jesse Lipscombe

Jesse Lipscombe

Co-Founder - Make It Awkward Inc.

#Makeitawkward is an anti-discrimination campaign set to disrupt the current responses to racism, sexism, intolerance and hate.

Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Khaled Al-Qazzaz

Director of Education and Communication - Muslim Assoc. of Canada

Khaled founded QED foundation that serves marginalized and vulnerable communities via Education and Development initiatives and projects.

Kwaku Agyemang

Kwaku Agyemang

The Students Commission of Canada

Kwaku is passionate about ensuring youth across Canada have their voices heard and are at every table in which decisions are being made.

Leah Gazan

Leah Gazan

Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre

Leah is an educator by trade and has spent her life working for human rights on the local, national, and international stage.

Meera Raman

Meera Raman

Honours Undergraduate Student - McGill University

Meera is a fourth year student at McGill University studying Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies.

Nimao Ali

Nimao Ali

Principal - Abraar Secondary School, Muslim Assoc. of Canada

Ms. Nimao Ali is an inspirational leader working as an educator for both adults and children for almost 20 years

Shalaka Jadhav

Shalaka Jadhav

DESIGN & COMMUNITY MNGR - YOUTH CLIMATE LAB

Shalaka is disciplined as an urban planner, and employs design thinking to communicate with an emphasis on accessibility to the public

Talisa Boland

Talisa Boland

Founder - Take Courage Counselling

Talisa is a Registered Social Worker, Therapist and College Professor with a passion for uplifting youth and combating social justice issues

Partner Resources

A key objective for this series is to amplify the message and voices of the Black Lives Matter Movement and Anti-Racism Activists in Canada and raise greater awareness for the work of these organizations.  These resources aim to inform and address many of the same issues highlighted in each weekly event, and provide still more ways for youth to take part in meaningful conversations and engage with their communities.

You can also view our collection of Anti-Racism Resources:

Anti-Racism Ambassadors

Anti-Racism Ambassadors are a group of dedicated young people who have been selected to act as hosts, mediators, videographers, and content creators for the Black Lives Matter & Anti-Racism Conversations Series. By offering their experience, knowledge, and support skills, the Ambassadors can ensure that youth are engaged, informed, and protected as they participate in meaningful conversations on Anti-Racism.

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Learning Resources

Each week, for each topic, we will provide lesson plans and easy to follow discussion guides to provide further instruction on what anti-racism is, and racism in multiple aspects of life. Our aim is to assist educators in integrating the various topics into their curriculum plans and provide support to at-home/independent learners as well. 

We encourage you to view the webinars with your students, and continue the conversation in your (virtual) classrooms using our lesson plans and guides.

 

Challenges!


 

Each live event will be accompanied by instructions for a youth challenge that can be done on an individual basis and will help youth participants use the knowledge they have gained through the speakers presentations to become ambassadors for anti-racism in their communities.

 

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Thanks to Our Partner

We are grateful for the generous contribution of The RBC Foundation to support The Black Lives Matter/Anti-Racism Conversation Series that not only helps to amplify voices and perspectives about Anti-Racism in Canada, but is also contributes to building youth skills, capacity and experience for future jobs and opportunities.

You can find out more about the many youth initiatives RBC supports here.

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