The impacts of declining our environment are not experienced equally. Most often it is racialized groups and neighborhoods who 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 change in their communities. For millennia, Indigenous people have been protecting the lands which make up Canada. As colonization of the land and Indigenous People occurred, the destruction of the environment Canada inhabits deteriorates. As more studies solidify what Indigenous People have known, more support for Indigenous, Black and People of Colour activists is found.
This week we will hear from the Indigenous politician who introduced the Climate Emergency Action Act to federal parliament, a professor based on Canada’s East Coast who’s book “There’s Something in the Water” was recently turned into a documentary featuring Ellen Page, and a youth activist who includes art and urban development practices within her work at one of the countries leading climate action organizations.
In the sections below we have provided additional resources to support our live event and to increase the capacity of youth to engage in Anti-Racism conversations . If you would like to continue discussing the themes for this unit, we invite you to join our Facebook group – A safe space where you can ask questions, share information and seek support.
A video of the live event will be available here in the days following
ANTI-RACISM AMBASSADOR FEATURE
Tansi, My name is Nicole Tornquist, I am a 26 year old Indigenous woman from Opaskwayak Cree Nation, located on Traditional Treaty 5 Territory. I am a National Ambassador of Hope for We Matter, Manitoba 150 Youth Ambassador, Experiences Canada Reconciliation Ambassador and Experiences Canada Exchange Champion, Indigenous 150+ Youth Ambassador and I am also a Facilitator for Awaken the Spirit. In 2019 the youth nominated me to run for Junior Onekanew (Chief) and I was the successful candidate! With that being said I have the great honor to proudly represent my community of Opaskwayak Cree Nation. My passion is working with the youth of my community and helping our youth become the best people they can be, watching them bloom and overcome obstacles is the greatest feeling in the world.
Lesson plans and easy to follow discussion guides to provide further instruction on what anti-racism is, and racism in multiple aspects of life.
Youth challenges 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.
Write a Letter:
Write a letter to your representative expressing your concerns about (or support for) a developmental project using the template.
Take a screenshot and share in our Facebook Group, or publicly. If you post publicly, don’t forget to tag us @ExperiencesCanada and use the hashtag #antiracismconversations so we can share!
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.
Continue the Conversation
Are you interested in taking your interest in anti-racism to the next level? Join us for a workshop on Allyship.
We also invite you to join our Facebook group – A safe space where you can ask questions, share information and seek support.