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Over 300 students and educators learn how to Recognize and Reject Racism

Students and educators join to recognize and reject racism

MCoS offered an opportunity for high school students to participate in Arrêt/Stop Racism Youth Leadership Workshops on February 14th in Regina, March 2nd in Prince Albert and March 10th in Swift Current. We also offered facilitator training in each location the day before the workshops. We welcomed 236 students from 20 schools, 29 teachers, plus 91 facilitators and 3 Elders.

We were able to train 91 facilitators and engage 15 experienced facilitators. This was enabled through continue partnership with Saskatchewan Settlement Workers in Schools (SSWIS), with SSWIS staff participating as staff receiving professional development. Inter-Action funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage also supported the workshops. The facilitator training is proving to be a very exciting aspect of this project; many returning facilitators shared that the variety of ways and contexts that they are using the methods in their schools and organizations.

MCoS and our primary partner, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, saw a need to build capacity in students and school staff to facilitate effective activities in their schools. This year we worked together to add three webinars to better prepare and support student learning and leadership. We design and schedule this annual workshop to offer insight, skills and ideas for schools to organize and lead activities for the commemoration of March 21st, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. We encourage participants to plan for this date and throughout the year.


Workshops provide a deeper conversation about racism

Students engaged with peers from throughout the province as they participated in activities to explore identity, intercultural relationships, power, privilege, racism and discrimination. Many of the games are based in drama and creative expression to spur personal understanding, empathy and deep conversation.  Participants also learned to facilitate these active exercises for use in their local schools and communities and was given a facilitators’ guide to support this.

This year we introduced new background information on Indigenous people and history in Saskatchewan developed with Sue Deranger, Indigenous Education Consultant. We purchased five story books from SICC and one from Gabriel Dumont Institute for use in a new cultural activity and developed a simulation of colonization. Elders shared their experiences and perspectives at the beginning of the workshop and throughout the day.

Workshops connected to March 21st campaign

This year we connected the workshops to the launch of our March 21st campaign. The theme is “Show Racism the Door”. We distributed the kits to schools and facilitators and demonstrated how they can be used. We also demonstrated the use of #MarchOutRacism and had participants live tweet to show how posts go to our social media for the campaign using the #MarchOutRacism, see link http://mcos.ca/marchoutracism/

We again distributed a followup leadership form and explained them. We are supporting this with a planning webinar and a final webinar to share activities, successes and challenges. Students can complete the form with details of how they are sharing the activities and information with others and have them signed by a teacher. We are sending certificates of leadership to all those who return forms. We can share information from these when more are returned.

It takes a community to #MarchOutRacism

Through support from Regina Open Door Society we were able to offer reimbursements for mileage expenses for those traveling. The All Saints Catholic School and École Centennial School, Prince Albert Multicultural Council each provided space as an in-kind contribution. Lakeland District Sport, Culture and Recreation booked and paid the rental facility for the workshop. Once again SK TEAL purchased Multifaith calendars as a gift to participating schools and facilitator; these are appreciated and provide reminders of diversity throughout the year.

Participating Schools:

  • Thom Collegiate
  • Albert A.E. Peacock Collegiate
  • Central Collegiate
  • Cupar School
  • Dr. Martin LeBoldus Catholic High School
  • Yorkton Regional High School
  • Sheldon Williams Collegiate
  • Swift Current Comprehensive High School
  • Butte Hutterian School
  • Ponteix School
  • Shaunavon High School
  • All Saints Catholic School
  • École Centennial School
  • Maverick School
  • Wesmore Public High School
  • Prince Albert Collegiate Institute
  • Nechapanuck Centre Child & Family Services Inc.
  • Spiritwood High School
  • Carlton Comprehensive Public High School
  • Blessed Marie Rivier Catholic School

Partners:

  • Prince Albert Multicultural Council
  • Lakeland District Sport, Culture and Recreation
  • Saskatchewan Settlement Workers in Schools
  • Regina Open Door Society
  • Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre
  • SK TEAL

We thank our Supporters:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • SaskCulture and Saskatchewan Lotteries

Photos of Regina Workshops

Photos of Prince Albert Workshops

Photos of Swift Current Workshops

 

 

 

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