The BIPOC Project based in the US (www.thebipocproject.org) has an excellent explanation, we borrow some of their language here:
BIPOC or Black, Indigenous, People of Colour aims to build long-lasting and authentic solidarity amongst groups in order to undo Indigenous invisibility, anti-Blackness, dismantle white supremacy and advance racial justice. The term BIPOC highlights the unique relationship to whiteness that Indigenous and Black folks have that shapes the experiences of and relationship to white supremacy for all racialized people within a North American context.
Yes!!!! We have worked very hard to curate a workshop list that is to building relational allyship with BIPOC. The work of anti-racism requires the life-long commitment of dominant groups. When you click 'register' you will be prompted a question, if you are non-BIPOC you will automatically be registered for the workshop 'Allyship' and then you will have options for the afternoon, including 'White Fragility', 'Disrupting Racism", 'Teaching Kids of Colour', 'Language Justice' etc. In total there are EIGHT different workshops that are open to non-BIPOC.
You can click the DONATE (coming soon!) button found on the website. This will allow you to donate to the PSA directly which will support the conference and also future anti-racism initiatives.
Unfortunately, we are unable to acquire insurance for Byrne Creek Secondary. However, we encourage all participants to bring their children and partners to the conference. There will be a space that is open for children, but we ask that an adult is there with them as we are unable to have a registered childcare giver.
No problem, please register as normal and then send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) letting us know which workshop you will not be able to attend so that we can provide concrete numbers to facilitators.
SO MUCH! We have the amazing Dr. Shauneen Pete as our keynote speaker (should not be missed), a fantastic lunch, a swag bag and performers!!!
YES! If you work in schools or support students in any capacity, you are welcome and encouraged to attend. There are pro-d funds that can be accessed for CUPE.
Yes! VSTA will sponsor 10 BIPOC teachers to attend. First come, first serve! Please see your personal email for details or contact the office directly!