Voices for action against racism
That’s the theme of this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It calls on people everywhere to strengthen and consolidate their voices against racism, to mobilise against all forms and all manifestations of racial discrimination and injustice, and to ensure a safe environment for those who speak up.
Why March 21? Each year, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination marks the day police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960.
As educators, colleges and institutes play a vital role in combatting systemic racism and discrimination. In areas like healthcare and public safety, they ensure that workers are given tools to protect public spaces against injustice, now and in the future.
- At Justice Institute of British Columbia, the Police Academy provides future municipal police officers with anti-racism and bias-free training through crisis intervention de-escalation techniques and scenario training involving vulnerable persons.
- In each debriefing session, learners are asked to reflect on what strategies they used, or could have used, to ensure that their future interventions as municipal police officers are fair, impartial, and bias free.
- At Cégep de Chicoutimi, AIDE-mémoire is a training tool designed to help students in healthcare in Indigenous settings better address cultural sensitivities and systemic discrimination in healthcare.
- The tool was designed in collaboration with the Miro Matisiwin clinic at Saguenay’s Indigenous Friendship Centre for students in any of the cégep’s seven healthcare or psychology programs.
- At Collège d’Alma, the Police Technologies for First Nations program(Techniques policières des Premières Nations) trains public safety officials with particular emphasis on the unique realities and challenges often faced by Indigenous communities.
- Similarly, at Cégep de Rimouski is working to integrate new training in its police technologies program designed to provide future police officers with tools to address racial profiling and discrimination.
- In Continuing Education at NAIT, the Racial Equity Strategies course gives learners an understanding of the impacts of racism, power, and privilege; their own social location; and the intersectionality of identities. Strategies help learners become effective allies in their workplaces and communities.
- At Centennial College, the Race Matters: Challenging Racism course explores how systemic racism impacts our everyday lives through things like education, housing, employment, and media. The course equips learners with the tools to help combat racism and ethnic discrimination present in Canadian society.
- At New Brunswick Community College, researchers are partnering with Black Lives Matter to study the key indicators of systemic anti-Black racism in the province and address barriers faced by the Black community. The study will look at how to change New Brunswick’s health care, education, social development, and justice sectors to make the province more racially equitable.
As institutions, we also recognize that systemic racism and discrimination exist in Canada and have work to do to address the challenges to success that Black students, Indigenous students, Asian students, and other visible minorities often face.
- At George Brown College, the brand-new Black Futures Hub is part of the college’s Anti-racism Strategy and Action Plan.
- The hub offers anti-racism resources, including an anti-racism simulator that uses avatars and interactions with virtual humans to encourage learners to reflect on microaggressions safely and effectively.
- At Confederation College, the Decolonization Report marks an important step in the college’s decolonization journey and outlines how the college will act on each of the recommendations from its internal review of systemic racism.
- At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Taskforce on Anti-racism is a cross-institutional approach for teaching, learning, research, scholarship, and institutional change on racial equity, systemic oppression, and intersectional social justice. Check out their anti-racism blog and resources!
- At Red River College Polytechnic, employees and students can take self-directed anti-racism training that tackles concepts of privilege, unconscious bias and decision-making, the difference between anti-racism and systemic racism, and microagressions with a particular focus on anti-black racism.
- At NorQuest College, the Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership offers services that encourage and support other organizations in developing and sustaining inclusive cultures, including customized and focused training solutions and strategic consulting and measurement.
It’s not enough to be “not racist.” Anti-racism means that we must reflect on unconscious biases and institutional and structural policies that allow racism to exist, and consistently work to identify and dismantle them.
Conference 2022: Last chance to take advantage of reduced early-bird rates!
The countdown is on: In less than 40 days, we will be Navigating Anew. Be sure to register before March 21 to take advantage of reduced early-bird rates.
Join us in Halifax for a long-awaited return to in-person activities!
- It’s been a while. Beyond the keynote speakers, live sessions, and pre-recorded presentations, engage in-person with experts on the biggest subjects of the year in daily extracurricular activities, unique networking opportunities, and unforgettable social events. Be sure to book your hotels and travel early!
If you can’t attend in person, opt for a virtual registration package.
- We’ve got you covered. With a virtual registration package, you’ll have access to live sessions and unlimited access to more than 35 pre-recorded sessions available on demand in the online presentation gallery (for up to six months after the event)!
LIVE: The good, the bad, and the ugly in cybersecurity
Episode 7 airs April 25 live from our Connection Conference in Halifax! Protecting networks, information, systems, and infrastructure is now an essential part of keeping all Canadians and Canadian businesses safe. But how much of our newly expanded digital landscape is here to stay, and what role is there for post-secondary institutions in driving it further?
50 years! Telling our story, from local communities to the national agenda
The latest in our 50th anniversary series! Past CICan president Gerry Brown looks back at the challenges colleges and institutes have had to overcome to be heard on the national stage. How do you connect the local priorities of colleges and institutes to the national agenda?
Series: 1, 2, 3 - Count your campus emissions!
Looking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on campus but don’t know where to start? Our webinar workshop series is a step-by-step how-to guide! Whether you’re in a climate-centred role or a faculty looking to do your part, learn how you can take net-zero and climate action on campus. Upcoming dates: April 6, May 4 & June 1.
- Part 1: Going it alone – Doing your own carbon accounting. Understand how you can conduct your own independent greenhouse-gas inventory, why this might save you money, and what other resources you might need to support an institutional inventory. April 6.
- Part 2: The numbers are in – Now what?You’ve completed your greenhouse-gas inventory (or even just part of it) and you’re ready to start reducing those GHGs! May 4.
- Part 3: Trees count! Investigate how reforesting your campuses, converting your lawns to canopied areas, and rehabilitating other natural areas is about more than just beautifying your campus. June 1.
Webinar: Making the most of global competencies learned abroad
How do global competencies define international experiences for outbound Canadian students? What kind of support can institutions offer students when they return? Join Global Skills Opportunity and the Canadian Bureau for International Education for everything you need to know about making the most of global competencies learned abroad. Webinar: April 12.
PM Youth Council: Be the change you want to see in Canada
The Prime Minister wants to hear from you! Are you a young Canadian with innovative ideas and unique perspectives to share? Apply to join the Prime Minister’s Youth Council.
- Council members give federal ministers and government officials advice on things that matter to them, like promoting equality, supporting mental health, fighting climate change, and strengthening Indigenous communities. Deadline: April 10.
WFCP World Congress: Register before March 31 for early-bird rates!
Interested in technical and vocational education and training on a global scale? The WFCP World Congress is the largest TVET event in the world! Featuring keynote speakers and sessions on some of today’s most pressing issues in TVET: the future of work, equity and inclusion, and sustainability. Take part: June 15-17 in Spain!
- PLUS! For students: Help ensure the voice of youth in TVET is heard. Take part in social activities and discussions on issues facing the world as part of the WFCP Youth Camp!
Did you know that UNESCO-UNEVOC’s Bridging Innovation and Learning in TVET (BILT) Library brings together and categorizes resources for innovation and learning in TVET? The latest addition is a report on TVET in Kenya, published as part of our KEFEP program! The report outlines how partnership between Humber College and Sigalagala National Polytechnic helped improve training, employment opportunities, environmental sustainability, and gender equality in Kenya. Having the KEFEP project report in the BILT Library means that, hopefully, more TVET providers around the world can benefit from the KEFEP approach!
Georgian College appointed Kevin Weaver president, effective June 20. Cégep de Sept-Îles appointed David Beaudin director general, effective March 18. Northern Lakes College appointed Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh vice president, Academic. Thompson Rivers University appointed Dr. Gillian Balfour provost and vice-president, Academic, effective July 1. College of the Rockies appointed Dana Wesley executive director, Indigenous Strategy and Reconciliation.
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