Shé:kon sewakwekon, my name is Ditta Cross I am from the Kanien’keha:ka Nation the Mohawk people of Kahnawa:ke Quebec and the Innu Nation of Labrador. I am living on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish people. I feel honoured to be here among them. I am an Indigenous educator in the k to 7 public schools in Burnaby where I have taught primarily Indigenous students and now I am sharing with teachers how to integrate Indigenous ways of knowing into the curriculum. I have completed a master in Equity in Education with a focus on Indigenous curriculum development. As well, I am a union activist, a facilitator and a local rep and to the BCTF for the Burnaby local. My best accomplishment yet is being the mother of two strong Indigenous youth who will change this world! So be ready!
Shanee Prasad is a first generation South Asian woman, living on the unceded territory of Musqueam, Coast Salish and Tseil-Tuth people. Shanee teaches at Byrne Creek Community School, in Senior Alternative Education (Burnaby). She has a bachelor's degree in Political Science, and Special Education degree from Simon Fraser University. Shanee has also completed a Master of Education degree in Equity Studies at SFU. Shanee is the local representative (Burnaby Teachers’ Association) to BC teacher’s Federation, and a member of the working and learning conditions provincial bargaining committee. As well she is the president of Peace and Global Education provincial specialist association. She is also the BCFederation of labour Worker of Colour Rep. Shanee identifies as a feminist, and all around rebel rouser!
Kiran Sidhu is a settler residing on unceded Katzie territory and has been teaching in Richmond for thirteen years. She is currently the Welcome Centre Assessment Teacher at SD 38 and enjoys meeting families and students new to the district. Kiran is actively involved in her local's Social Justice Committee and is a proud member of the BCTF Adult Education Advisory Committee. A lover of melanin, sleeping (cue melatonin), books, trivia, Sudoku and her niblings, Kiran is looking forward to the BIPOC conference and the potential it holds for the future of education.
avneet is a second generation punjabi settler born on QayQayt First Nation land and lives on unceded Coast Salish territories. as an interdisciplinary artist/educator she merges, writing, sound, somatic exploration, research, material study and various artistic practices. dedicated to social justice and autonomy for all, she is interested in the ways colonial violence permeates into the lived experiences of fellow BIPOC, LGBTQ2+ and disabled lives. mining from her own trauma as a survivor of sexual violence and a person with disabilities her focus remains steady on those struggling and fighting in the margins. through dismantling and healing avneet is committed to relearning and sharing ways that joy can thrive at the center of the work we do. with the inception of this imperative conference, avneet hopes to share and continue the difficult yet deeply liberating act of decolonising life as we know it through knowledge, expression, contemplation, sharing, laughter and community support. avneet holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art & Design, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, yoga certification from Prana Yoga College and is currently navigating the BEd program at UBC. she looks forward to learning with you at this year’s conference!
Preet is a second-generation Punjabi settler of colour, currently living on unceded Coast Salish territory. She is a radical feminist, vegan, lover of hip hop, runner, math and science teacher and a fierce bhua/auntie to many little ones. Over the past 8 years, she has taught in several districts including the Stikine and Haida Gwaii. She is passionate about racial justice and is involved in union organizing and activism. She is a local representative for Vancouver Secondary and has recently joined BCTF’s provincial Working Learning Conditions / Bargaining committee. She completed the M.Ed in Equity Studies in Education at SFU in July 2019, with a focus on surveillance and policing in BC public schools and its impacts on racialized students. Preet is thrilled to be part of the organizing committee and deeply believes in the power of people and community building to dismantle white supremacy in our lives and in our classrooms.