Challenging Discrimination through Community Conversations

Initiative Background

“Challenging Discrimination through Community Conversations” is an ongoing series of online moderated round-tables with guest speakers from diverse communities, organizations, academia and the general public, which 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 is a community-based initiative which encourages everyone to share their ideas for topics, questions, and suggestions. Please share your thoughts with Mansoureh ( and Myriam ( We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Session 1: Anti-Black Racism in Canada Thursday, June 18th, 2020// 12:00-1:00 pm (MT)

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 radicalized communities. We hosted a conversation moderated by Aurelia Uarsama with our guest speakers Jeanne Lehman, the Executive Director of Black Canadian Women in Action, Sharif Haji, the Executive Director of Africa Centre, and Brandon Wint, performance poet and public educator. You can watch the recording of that round-table here:

Session 2: Systemic and Institutional Racism in Canada Wednesday, July 15th, 2020// 12:00-1:30 pm (MT)

Join our online round-table on systemic and institutional racism in conversation with our guest speakers Noelle Jaipaul, Multicultural Liaison with the city of Edmonton, Monetta Bailey, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ambrose University, and Philomina Okeke-Iherjirika, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at University of Alberta. Aurelia Uarsama will be moderating the session.