A first-of-its-kind online hub of no-cost educational resources promoting anti-racism in Alberta K-12 classrooms, created by the Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation (CCMF), launched September 14, 2021.
Culture Commons offers thousands of lessons, activities and tools that teachers can use to incorporate anti-racism education directly into their teaching plans. Resources are available for all core K-12 subjects and options, and are linked to current Alberta curriculum outcomes. Culture Commons is piloting in Alberta with plans to expand country-wide.
“Culture Commons empowers educators to teach about anti-racism and multiculturalism within their existing lesson plans through thousands of free resources that represent numerous cultures and ethnicities,” says Iman Bukhari, Founder and CEO of CCMF. “When students see themselves reflected in the course material, it helps to break down racist stereotypes while building a worldview that is more inclusive and equitable. We are calling on all provincial and the federal governments to help make this service available Canada-wide.”
Culture Commons was created in response to CCMF’s research paper, Long Way To Go, which found that limitations in time, funding, accessibility and knowledge were some of the top challenges for teachers in teaching about multiculturalism or anti-racism. This is why Culture Commons was created to be free-of-charge with easy-to-use navigation and accessibility features, such as enabling the use of screen readers.
“I used several resources about immigration from Culture Commons that were very meaningful and relatable for my class. It led to a great discussion and the stories paved a way to let students share and connect their own unique cultural experiences,” said Nikka Peredo, an elementary school teacher in Calgary.
As Culture Commons’ library of resources continues to grow, CCMF is linking these resources to curricula country-wide over the next five years. Furthermore, CCMF will also be launching a free, online, six-week training course on anti-racism in 2022.
For more information on Culture Commons, visit culturecommons.ca
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About Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation:
The Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation (CCMF) is an award-winning not-for-profit organization run by committed volunteer Millennials and Gen Z. We work to improve race relations in Canada by creating cultural understanding through education, technology and arts. Being on the forefront of advocacy our foundation often works with ethnic communities on programming. various intersecting identities and racial backgrounds, all whom are volunteers. For more information, please visit canadianculturalmosaicfoundation.com.
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