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How to be An Ally: Anti-Oppression 101

This workshop engages a wide range of learners in understanding power dynamics, oppression and liberation in a Canadian and global context. The workshop explores the language of social justice, and looks at models for creating more equitable communities. The workshop examines concepts of intersectionality, positionality, privilege and oppression the Canadian cultural, political and historical contexts. participants will explore internalized, interpersonal and institutional oppression and explore their role/identities in relation to others. This workshop uses individual and group activities as well as discussion to apply learnings. Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session. Participants who attend this workshop will have access to free discussions which take place on a monthly basis at CSI Regent Park (next one is March 2)

Community

The Regent Park Community Potluck

Come to the Centre for Social Innovation in Regent Park on July 21, 2015 for a night of sharing food, ideas and ambitions at the Regent Park Community Potluck! This is a public event for anyone working or living in Regent Park. Space is limited, so please reserve a seat at the table by completing the form below! Be sure to follow the Centre for Social Innovation on Twitter and Facebook for more updates on Regent Park Community Potlucks. LocationCSI Regent Park (Daniels Spectrum, 3rd Floor) Cost of Entry: Bring your favourite cultural dish to the potluck! Are you interested in coming to the Regent Park Community Potluck, but you aren't sure if you can bring a dish? CSI is sponsoring five gift cards to cover the cost of five meals at the potluck. If you are interested in preparing a dish using one of these gift cards, please email shilbee@socialinnovation.ca to coordinate.

Stories of Ours

Photo Credit: Sean DeCorey
Join us for an evening of true stories told by a multi-generational, multi-cultural line-up of amazing people who will take the stage to share true, personal stories as we listen with open hearts and minds. Stories of Ours aims to go beyond cross-cultural dialogue and create a place were we can lean into, support, and grow a culture of inclusivity and solidarity. We create bridges between humans through the power of story and loving spaces for us to start bringing challenging conversations to the fore of our lived lives and tackle systems of oppression. How? By complicating the narrative with different voices as much as we can :)” Stories of Ours is a project that aims to deepen community, invite solidarity, and enable social change through intentional acts of storytelling. Join the Facebook group Questions? Email Erin at erinkangster@gmail.com

The Regent Park Community Potluck

Come to the Centre for Social Innovation (on the 3rd floor of Daniels Spectrum) in Regent Park for a night of sharing food, ideas and ambitions at the Regent Park Community Potluck! This is a public event for anyone working or living in Regent Park. Free to attend, just bring your favourite cultural dish! Space is limited, so please reserve a seat at the table by completing the form below! Be sure to follow the Centre for Social Innovation on Twitter and Facebook for more updates on Regent Park Community Potlucks. Are you interested in coming to the Regent Park Community Potluck, but you aren't sure if you can bring a dish? CSI is sponsoring five gift cards to cover the cost of five meals at the potluck. If you are interested in preparing a dish using one of these gift cards, please email shilbee@socialinnovation.ca to coordinate.

How to be An Ally: Anti-Oppression 101

This workshop engages a wide range of learners in understanding power dynamics, oppression and liberation in a Canadian and global context. The workshop explores the language of social justice, and looks at models for creating more equitable communities. The workshop examines concepts of intersectionality, positionality, privilege and oppression the Canadian cultural, political and historical contexts. participants will explore internalized, interpersonal and institutional oppression and explore their role/identities in relation to others. This workshop uses individual and group activities as well as discussion to apply learnings. Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session. Participants who attend this workshop will have access to free discussions which take place on a monthly basis at CSI Regent Park (next one is March 2)

Doing The Work: Allyship, Anti-Oppression + Meaningful Inclusion

This workshop explores hands-on approaches to building equity and meaningful inclusion at the interpersonal and institutional level. This workshop will foster critical thinking about anti-oppression allyship and models of organizing and alternative ways of knowing and being will be explored, critiqued and applied. This workshop will employ multidimensional strategies to transform the dynamics of power and privilege. This workshop is ideal for individuals/organizations looking to address inequities within their team dynamics, their work and at the systemic level. Participants should have a strong working knowledge of anti-oppression before engaging with this workshop.

Seminar / Discussion

How to be an Ally: BRAVE safe spaces

With everything going on in the world, it’s sometimes difficult to know what or how to say things and often times, we feel unsafe to speak.

Jermaine Henry shares tools to create a space that can navigate difficult conversations with yourself and with others. We will explore both the philosophy and practice of creating BRAVE spaces using a PRO-LIBERATION framework through self-reflection, discussion, and group activities. This is an introductory workshop for people who want to get a primer on how one’s identity and intersectionality plays out in conversations, how to listen deeply to one another, and how to practice speaking our truths with openness, courage and compassion.

SPEAKER: JERMAINE HENRY

Jermaine Henry is a Social ARTrepreneur who is passionate about connecting and inspiring people to self-actualize. He utilizes drama, emceeing, facilitation and spoken word to curate brave spaces promoting freedom, love and equity. Jermaine works with young black and indigenous leaders across Ontario to promote healing through community arts with grassroots groups such as AVNU, Spoke N’ Heard, The New Mentality, and YSI Collaborative. He has had the privilege of performing, facilitating and collaborating with diverse groups in schools and community around mental health, leadership, pro-liberation and community engagement. Previous clients include AVNU, Canadian Mental Health Association (Toronto Branch), Engineers Without Borders, Inspirit Foundation, Studio-Y @ MaRS District, Toronto Community Housing, and the Children's Peace Theatre. Learn more about Jermaine and who he’s worked with at jermainehenry.ca/about. Testimonial:  “Jermaine has worked with The New Mentality in a number of different roles, including as a Facilitator, Harvester, and Core Team member. The New Mentality is a broad network of diverse people, working within the realm of mental health. Jermaine has demonstrated skill in hosting diverse groups of different sizes hosted groups of different sizes and varied ages and backgrounds. Our work often dives into very challenging topics and conversations around mental health, and more recently into race and anti-oppression. This is where Jermaine's skills shine through - he has hosted these conversations with grace and presence while not shying away from the depth of the issues. He is gifted in helping groups surface their collective knowledge, and in supporting individuals and groups to experience growth and connection. Jermaine has a strong presence and an infectious energy. It has been a pleasure to work together and I will continue to look for opportunities to collaborate.” Caralyn Quan, Program Manager, The New Mentality Children’s Mental Health Ontario ............................................................

WHAT IS "HOW TO BE AN ALLY"?

As more and more of us confront the fact that the world is not equitable for all, it is crucial for us to understand what our role is in supporting one another and together, figure out the systems and society that work for everybody. One step that we’re taking at the Centre for Social Innovation is partnering with equity educators who create learning spaces for us to ask questions, challenge assumptions, learn about what makes each individual unique and complex, and what makes us one. The kinds of questions we hope to ask include, but are not limited to: How do I check my privilege? How can we engage in a conversation around identity, oppression, and colonialism? How do we learn from each other? How do we support one another? How can I be an ally? We have asked leaders from the CSI community to speak about their lived experiences, their professional practice building bridges among communities and to share their thoughts on how someone could be their ally. This will be followed by a facilitated Q&A. ............................................................ About the cost and accessibility The cost was a hard piece for us because we want this to be accessible to everybody, but we also wanted to honour the time of our facilitators and attach fair value to their work and ours. The cost of tickets is still reflecting a discount from both parties, but we’re comfortable with this if it means more people can attend. If you find the cost prohibitive, we are offering 5 subsidized tickets for each session on a first come, first serve basis. You do not need to a provide an explanation and we trust that these subsidized tickets will go to people who really require them. You can register for subsidized ticket through eventbrite. For other accomodations required to attend the workshop (i.e., tokens, child minding, etc), please email Shilbee (shilbee@socialinnovation.ca). We’re constantly learning and exploring different ways to live up to our value of creating healthy cultures and we’re always open to feedback! ............................................................ Will there be more “How to be an Ally” events? To get on the mailing list for How to be an Ally series and provide feedback on topics, submit your contact information by clicking here.

Workshop

How to be an Ally: Anti-Oppression 101

This is an introductory workshop that engages a wide range of learners in understanding power dynamics, oppression and liberation in a Canadian and global context. The workshop explores the language of social justice, and looks at models for creating more equitable communities. The workshop examines concepts of intersectionality, positionality, privilege and oppression the Canadian cultural, political and historical contexts. participants will explore internalized, interpersonal and institutional oppression and explore their role/identities in relation to others. This workshop uses individual and group activities as well as discussion to apply learnings. Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session. Participants who attend this workshop will have access to free discussions which take place on a monthly basis at CSI Regent Park (next one is March 2) Speaker: Rania El Mugammar Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese Canadian Artist, Arts Educator, Equity and Anti-oppression Educator & Consultant, performer, speaker and published writer. Her work interrogates notions of home, belonging, womxnhood, blackness, migration/exile as they intersect with the identities and places she identities with. Rania is an advocate for womxn's rights, racial justice/black liberation and youth. Social justice anchors Rania's work as she is deeply committed to anti-oppressive practices and inclusion. She is the current co-chair of the Outburst Advisory Committee at the Barbara Schlifer Clinic, former curator of D’bi Young’s Watah School “Art(is)t Shaman” Series and a member of the Kandake Performance Collective. Rania is deeply passionate about gender/race justice and organizing locally and globally. She is the editor of SpeakSudan’s youth arts magazine and a contributor to a variety of blogs and publications. ............................................................ What is "How to be an Ally"? As more and more of us confront the fact that the world is not equitable for all, it is crucial for us to understand what our role is in supporting one another and together, figure out the systems and society that work for everybody. One step that we’re taking at the Centre for Social Innovation is partnering with incredible equity trainers to draw on their lived experiences and professional practice building bridges between communities to share their thoughts on how someone could be their ally. This is followed by a facilitated Q&A discussion in smaller groups. About the cost and accessibility The cost was a hard piece for us because we want this to be accessible to everybody, but we also wanted to honour the time of our facilitators and attach fair value to their work and ours. The cost of tickets is still reflecting a discount from both parties, but we’re comfortable with this if it means more people can attend. If you find the cost prohibitive, we are offering 5 subsidized tickets for each session on a first come, first serve basis. You do not need to a provide an explanation and we trust that these subsidized tickets will go to people who really require them. You can register for subsidized ticket through eventbrite. For other accomodations required to attend the workshop (i.e., tokens, child minding, etc), please email Shilbee (shilbee@socialinnovation.ca). We’re constantly learning and exploring different ways to live up to our value of creating healthy cultures and we’re always open to feedback! ............................................................ Check out more How to be an Ally workshops by clicking here: https://socialinnovation.org/how-to-be-an-ally/ ............................................................

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