Edmonton’s classrooms and after-school programs reflect the increasing racial and cultural diversity of Alberta. Diversity is a reality for Edmonton’s population: as reported in the 2016 Edmonton Community Foundation’s Vital Signs report, for example, nearly one-quarter (24%) of Edmontonians indicate that they know someone who is a refugee and more than two-thirds (69%) say that they know someone who is an immigrant. However, along with the changing demographics of Edmonton have come increasing reports of racism and discrimination in our city, and a continuing need for significant efforts to promote anti-racism dialogue and action.
This project is working to address the need for anti-racism education in schools and community programming by revamping a resource previously developed by our centre, Race and Respect (2005), to reflect current demographics and best practice. We will also be increasing the availability of the resource by creating an online version. The new resource will guide the user through a number of activities that can be conducted with youth, with information provided on the purpose of the activity, time needed to complete the activity, materials needed for the activity, procedure for conducting the activity, and any other instructions.
As part of the project, we are offering free educational workshops to secondary schools and youth groups; we use experiential activities, group discussion, and role play to bring these topics into classrooms. If you are a secondary teacher or an educator working with youth, you can contact us to book a free workshop for your students. For more information, contact our Project Consultant Elli Dehnavi.
How This Initiative Fits with Our Priorities
This project contributes to improving both the substance and scope of our anti-racism education with youth in Edmonton, and helps create sustained impacts in this area. Educators currently have few options that assist them in their efforts to bring anti-racism education to the youth they work with. Creating an anti-racism resource that guides teachers and others who work with youth through activities that they can conduct on their own, with links to the Alberta curriculum, can achieve a broader and more sustainable impact than through direct programming alone.