Written by Mansharn Toor, Policy Analyst of Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation
As a response to the current state of race relations, Anti-Racist activists — Alisha Gordon, Mel Vee, Souad Farag and Iman Bukhari —took some time over the past weekend to pass on techniques and practices they use in their activism and day-to-day. Conversations about racism are never easy to facilitate, to help guide people to build a space for respectful dialogue, our panelists identified four tools: relationship building, self-compassion, ally-ship and introspection.
Race and racism are not stagnant concepts, rather, race and racisms evolve and manifest differently, depending upon the place, time, individual and situation. Conversations about racism is never easy, however, by using the tools listed above, we hope that individuals will take the steps necessary to take part in open and respectful dialogues about racism. We thank Calgary’s Community Wise for hosting, and the panelist and audience for taking the time to have a frank conversation about racism.
The free event mentioned above was brought to you by a collaboration between Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation, Uproot YYC, and Community Wise Resource Centre.