Experiences of Racism and Discrimination among Black Communities in Alberta

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  • August 26, 2020
    1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Event Details

The Centre for Race and Culture and Africa Centre present: A Round-Table conversation on the Experiences of Racism and Discrimination among Black Communities in Alberta

Date: Wednesday, August 26th, 2020// 1:00-2:15 pm (MST)

Registration Deadline: August 25, 11:55 pm

Racism is a reality in Canada, and recent demonstrations across the country raise the importance of addressing racial inequalities that affect the lives of Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.

Through a conversation with our guest speakers, this session provides an opportunity to discuss the challenges of Black communities across the province in facing discrimination and racism. We hope to create a platform to share experiences, raise awareness and look at strategies and approaches to work in solidarity with Black communities and organizations to work towards racial justice.

Join our online round-table on the experiences of racism and discrimination among Black communities in Alberta with our guest speakers Bukola Salami, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, Temitope Oriola, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal, and Tigist Dafla, settlement counselor and outreach worker.

*Registrants will receive the meeting’s link and details prior to the session. The link will be sent via email, so make sure to check your junk folders, etc. on the day of the session.

This is the fourth session of our new initiative “Challenging Discrimination through Community Conversations,” which is an ongoing series of online moderated round-tables with guest speakers from diverse communities, organizations, academia and the general public, that seeks to understand and address experiences of discrimination and exclusion in the Canadian context. By shining the spotlight on different forms of discrimination, such as anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, and discrimination against Asian Communities among other topics, we hope to encourage solidarity among groups and individuals interested in promoting social inclusion and equity.

Each conversation focuses on a major theme with respect to the lived experiences and realities of specific communities. We aim to highlight the very specific challenges of different communities, explore the overarching issues, and discuss strategies for education, intervention and ally-ship.

Through engagement with guest speakers, we are hoping to create a space of learning where we practice compassion, active listening, respect and humility.

This session is sponsored by the Human Rights, Citizenship and Multiculturalism education fund as well as the Edmonton Community Foundation.