Dr. Shauneen Pete
TEACHING BLACK HISTORIES
AND JUSTICE IN BC
Join afro-latina educator and arts-based facilitator, Ruby Smith Díaz as she shares about her work in the creation of the six part workshop series for youth, Still Here.
Still Here: Black Histories & Futures in BC invites students and teachers to explore the histories, erasure, and resilience of Black Communities living in Canada, with a special focus on building relationships between youth across cultural communities.
In this hands-on workshop, teachers will more deeply understand the importance of learning about Black histories and resistance for the resilience and success of Black students in schools, view exclusive film content created for the series, and learn about Canadian-specific Black History resources to spark learning and justice all year round.
ALLYSHIP / WHITE FRAGILITY
Allyship: This session will explore what allyship really means, and how to practise allyship in your role as an educator, colleague and within your everyday lives. This session will examine anti-oppression, power, privilege and positionality within the context of allyship and will provide a safe space to unpack and unlearn. This session will also examine why allyship is integral to being an inclusive educator and how allyship can be practised within the classroom.
White Fragility: This session will explore the concept of intersectionality, and how whiteness is connected to power and privilege within the classroom and school system. This session will focus on understanding the role of whiteness as an educator and what the concept of white fragility is, how to address it and how it can be harmful. Participants can expect to feel some discomfort in this session, as it attempts to unpack social systems of power and privilege. This session will provide a space to examine the ways in which whiteness impacts the education system , and how educators and school administrators can take positive steps to de centre whiteness, work towards unlearning and create safer and more inclusive classrooms and schools.
YOUR BODY, YOUR LIBERATION
“Rest is a form of resistance because it disrupts and pushes back against capitalism and white supremacy” The Nap Ministry
In this 1.5 hours, we will practice slowing down enough to connect with the bodies we are in. The relationship we have with our bodies can be an enduring resource, be totally overlooked, or may feel like a war. Whatever the nature of your relationship to your body, we will explore the question, “How might embodiment support us as we move towards more freedom?”
Given the pace, demands and expectations we navigate each day, many of us are habitually disembodied. We will first develop a practice to come back into the present through the body called 20 minute dance as taught by Arawana Hayashi. From this more settled place, we will increase awareness of our habitual patterns, introducing a somatic tracking activity to notice precisely what happens in my mind/body/spirit when I’m under pressure? Finally, we will end with a deeply resourcing body practice called centering under pressure, adapted from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and as taught by Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams
All bodies, with all their requirements, welcome in this space. Please contact me if you have specific accommodation requests or questions about the process. Links provided above so you can check out the practices in advance if you choose.
MIGRANT JUSTICE AND THE SANCTUARY SCHOOL MOVEMENT
This interactive workshop gives participants an opportunity to increase their awareness of issues affecting migrants, particularly those with precarious immigration status. The workshop will highlight local campaigns and community led advocacy for migrant justice. Participants will gain a better understanding of significance of the Sanctuary School movement in reducing barriers for undocumented children and families seeking to access the local education system.
THEIR VOICES WILL GUIDE US
In this workshop we will learn about the issues surrounding the epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada by exploring the new resource available on line Their Voices Will Guide Us. It is essential that we change the way we see Indigenous Women and Girls in society. You will take away lessons you can use with any age group to explore the importance of women and girls in their own lives.
It is important for all students to acquire foundational knowledge about the significance of Indigenous women’s historical and contemporary roles in the cultural, social, political, legal, and economic life of their respective Nations as well as their vital contributions to Canadian society. It is equally important for all Canadians to acknowledge and confront the epidemic of violence that Indigenous women and girls face in their everyday lives.
The purpose in doing this work is hope and change, and real change requires a foundation of truth and knowledge. Their Voices Will Guide Us offers opportunities for student empowerment to change current perceptions and influence adult decision-makers in their families, communities, and the country as a whole. Together, their messages will serve as calls to action reminding all Canadians of our shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment for everyone, especially Indigenous women and girls, whom our society has failed for far too long.
Feeling overwhelmed about racism prevalent in your local and global context? Feelings of helplessness can lead to apathy and resignation since it can be frustrating trying to disrupt systems of oppression. In this session, you will learn what you can do to confront racial bias and disrupt the narrative of racial oppression in your own context.
This workshop has been developed for primarily non-BIPOC audiences and therefore does centre whiteness. This is done intentionally in an effort to actively engage white people to do racial justice work. The workshop will be discussion based, participatory, collaborative and inclusive of varying levels of racial literacy. It will empower participants to develop skills, confidence and share tools and strategies that can be used to identify and disrupt racism through various activities and collaborative learning opportunities.
WORKING WITH CHILDREN OF COLOUR
In this session, teacher and early childhood educator Mahima Lamba will facilitate a conversation about creating inclusive classrooms that honour cultural diversity. Participants will work together to confront bias and myths while examining their role in creating and holding space for children of colour and their families. This workshop will discuss families and children in a strengths-based framework and encourage participants to take action by being actively anti-racist in their practice.
This workshop will explore the complex nature of Settler colonialism on unceded Indigenous territory.Settler relationship to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous communities is complex and require careful consideration and deep unpacking of both privilege and oppression. Be prepared to get uncomfortable, engage in deep self reflection and forge a deeper understanding of what solidarity means.
What is English and Who Speaks It? Exploring language justice on Turtle Island.
In this workshop participants examine the concept of language justice in a current context, and explore how historical events and colonial government policies have shaped our tongues along with modern society.
Are you new to the teaching profession and therefore the BCTF. Or are you a seasoned teacher wanting to learn more about your union? Whether new or seasoned this workshop will provide an overview of the BCTF structures from the bottom to the top. Workshop attendees will learn about their rights, have the opportunity to ask questions, and learn about the ways in which they can get involved in their local and provincial union.After all you are the BCTF!