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 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
Young Black Canadians will provide a brief history of Black Racism in Canada, the evolution of the Black Lives Matter Movement in Canada, and the opportunity for change in the wake of today’s global movement.
Speakers Include: Anna-Kay Russell, Kwaku Agyemang, Aaliyah Paris
- Monday November 2 - Introduction to Racism
Building a common understanding of key terminology and historical facts is important for fostering meaningful dialogue. This session will inform about the origins of race and race divisions, the impact of colonialism and its societal structures in institutionalizing racism today, and how islamophobia is connected to discussions of racism.
Speakers Include: Meera Raman, Nimao Ali, Andréa Williams
- Monday November 9 - Justice and Security
The Justice System is meant to keep Canadians safe and secure. However, racism within the system of justice and security is what motivated this global movement. This session will focus on police violence and brutality, the disproportionate number of racialized persons incarcerated, the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, racial profiling and the presence of police in schools.
Speakers Include: Khaled Al-Qazzaz
- Monday November 16 - Economic Opportunities
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color individuals discuss how racism affects them daily, the different ways in which youth can develop their skills and competencies and provide an outlook on marginalization nationally within workplaces and educational institutions.
Speakers: Christopher Thompson, Arezoo Najibzadeh, Gabrielle Fayant-Lewis
- Monday November 23 - Health
With COVID-19, inequities within the healthcare system has shown Canada has a lot to fix. This session will examine the bias treatment experienced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities with respect to securing equal access to housing, healthcare, and other essential living services.
-Monday November 30 - Environment
Minority groups and neighborhoods suffer the worst quality of life due to increased pollutants from toxic waste, garbage, pollutants and emissions, yet they have the least amount of power to effect clean ups in their communities. Hear from speakers who have both life and work experience combating these inequities in politics, film and media, and youth spaces.
Speakers: Ingrid Waldron, Shalaka Jadhav, Leah Gazan
- Monday December 7 - Allyship
In this Zoom exclusive session, youth eager to take the next step in becoming stronger allies and advocates for change will get practical coaching and advice from some of Canada’s leading Anti-Racism advocates on how to affect constructive, peaceful change within their own circles and communities.
This is a special workshop for youth who actively participate in the previous webinars and activities. In order to qualify you must have participated in 2 of the previous 6 webinars (via zoom) OR completed 2 challenges. Registrations will open November 9th.
Speakers Include: Anthony Morgan, Jesse Lipscombe
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Participants may earn a spot in the final Allyship Workshop by completing two of these weekly challenges.
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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.