Systemic Racism and Indigenous Communities in Alberta

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  • Session 8: Systemic Racism and Indigenous Communities in Alberta
    October 21, 2020
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Event Details

Wednesday October 21, 2020; 1:00-2:30 (Mountain Standard Time)

Registrants will receive the Zoom link a few hours prior to the event.

In this roundtable as part of our Challenging Discrimination through Community Conversation series, we will discuss specific challenges and discriminations Indigenous communities face in Alberta. Our panelists, Lana Whiskeyjack (Assistant Professor, University of Alberta), Bernadette Ihatail (Executive Director, Creating Hope Society) and Jodi Stonehouse (Executive Director, Yellowhead Indigenous Education Foundation) will speak to the issues of colonial and post-colonial history and identity politics in Alberta, Indigenous communities’ sense of belonging and experiences of discrimination, as well as access to resources. In this session, we will also look at different ways to identify and challenge discriminatory attitudes and behaviours in our practices.

This is the eighth 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.