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Antiracism 101 is the first of 4 GVJCCA online workshops aiming to empower, educate, and build allyship.

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UPDATE: Event sold out! Please look out for registration details for our next event on March 13 - Indigenous Issues & Solidarity!

The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens' Association (GVJCCA) is pleased to introduce a series of monthly Zoom workshops to support racialized communities, address racism, and build community networks. These sessions aim to empower, educate, and build allyship.

The first workshop, Antiracism 101, addresses burning questions including: What's the difference between "antiracist" and "not racist"? What is White privilege and White fragility? How can we move past discomfort when talking about race? We will also explore the history of racism in BC, leading up to the present day.

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Giselle Clarke-Trenaman (she/her) is a professional freelance Stage Manager and works as the Production Coordinator and Facilities Manager at Presentation House Theatre in North Vancouver. For the past three years she has been developing a program called "Black History Matters" to fill the education gap of Canadian Black History in the Elementary school system. It had its pilot launch in the fall of 2020.

Parker Johnson (he/him) is a group facilitator, mediator, intercultural educator, and organizational change specialist who is committed to building just, equitable, diverse and inclusive organizations. Parker studied administration, planning and social policy at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and rounds out his education with practical application in mediation, coaching, intercultural communication and anti-oppression work. As a workshop facilitator, he is a master at bringing concepts alive through the power of storytelling.

Sxwpilemaát Siyám (Chief Leanne Joe) is one of sixteen Hereditary Chiefs of the Squamish Nation and the first female Chief of the Lackett Joe Family. She is currently Transformative Storyteller for Economic Reconciliation, with Simon Fraser University, and a Trustee for the Squamish Nation Trust.

This workshop is particularly targeted for those seeking a deeper understanding of antiracism, but we welcome participants of all education levels and backgrounds. Registration is open to all adults - youth 12 and up may join their parent participants. Please note: sessions are guided by applying respect, kindness and supporting participant safety.

We are grateful to the NAJC Community Development Fund for their financial support of these workshops.

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