Diversity, Inclusion and Allyship
Diversity and Inclusion will build upon two previous forums hosted by Experiences Canada exploring topics such as poverty, cultural racism, and gender equality to help youth deepen their understanding of the systemic barriers faced by some Canadians and how they can become stronger advocates and allies to address those barriers and foster a more inclusive environment in their classrooms, clubs, and community activities.
Below you can find archived webinars, and learning resources to start you on your journey to better allyship.
Program Question: What are the benefits and barriers to true diversity and inclusion in your community*?
*In your school? In your province or territory? In Canada?
Lessons and activities can be adapted to any course or community group activity and are flexible to different timelines to best suit the class or group.
- Lesson 1: Identifying the “Who”
- Lesson 2: Identifying Barriers to Inclusion
- Lesson 3: Identifying Benefits of Diversity
- Lesson 4: Removing Barriers and Capitalizing on Diversity
As well as contributing to the Virtual Forum Series, Experience Canada’s program partners are also offering additional resources to assist with asynchronous learning.
If you liked these videos, please consider completing the post-event survey (and / or having your class complete it). Doing so will allow us to continue to provide these initiatives, which are generously supported by our partner, RBC Future Launch: https://bit.ly/3YEn5uj
Diversity, Inclusion and Allyship
This session is intended to provide a general overview of key concepts related to diversity, inclusion, and allyship. This workshop will expand on what it means to be an ally, and that education on diversity and inclusion is a journey that begins at a personal level. These concepts will be addressed through an intersectional lens, exploring various dimensions of identity such as race, religion, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, etc.
Speaker: Ruth Fisseha, Experiences Canada
Fighting racism in Canada takes the collective actions of many communities to build a future with equal opportunities, access to the right resources, and safe and inclusive spaces free of stigma and hate. In this webinar, we explore aspects of our own identity and how it shapes our views, relations and social skills. Participants will also learn the history of racism toward Asian Canadian communities in Canada and bystander intervention.
Speakers: Sara Leung and Jennifer Vong, Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice
2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion & Advocacy Through Allyship
This 60-minute session will provide an introduction to 2SLGBTQ+ identities, rights and inclusion, with a focus on building skills and knowledge to meaningfully include 2SLGBTQ+ people. Through an exploration of allyship and solidarity, participants will learn new strategies and tools to advance intersectional, 2SLGBTQ+ inclusive youth advocacy.
Speaker: Fae Johnstone, Wisdom2Action
Allyship Podcast Series
The Allyship Podcast Series is a result of Experiences Canada’s Do the Work! Youth Forum on Allyship.
The forum explored social justice topics as well as developed youth participants’ allyship and advocacy skills. The program began with the delivery of seven bi-weekly webinars and workshops to the 50 youth participants between the ages of 14-18. The topics covered included Reconciliation, Mental Heath, LGBTQ2+, Environmental Racism, Disability Justice, Islamophobia, and Social Media Impacts.
Youth who completed the full webinar series were invited to travel to Winnipeg for free to attend a 3-day in-person National Forum on Allyship, which took place May 6-8, 2022. In Winnipeg, they worked collaboratively to produce their own podcast on youth allyship and/or advocacy.
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