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Anti-Black Racism and Anti-oppression Training Series (closed)

November 4

Organization-wide Mandatory Anti-Black Racism and Anti-oppression Training – Session 1/7

Training items:

  • Anti-Black racism in Canada – historical and present
  • Connections and differences between anti-Black racism and anti-Indigenous racism
  • Anti-Black racism, anti-oppression principles and practices
  • Colorism and white [passing] privilege
  • Embodying practices of anti-oppression
  • Anti-Black racism within the workplace – confronting and identifying how oppression shows up within organizations striving to be progressive
  • Complexities, messiness and beauty of accountability processes

Intended outcomes:

  • Staff will leave with an expanded understanding of how anti-Black racism may show up.
  • Staff will co-create and leave with tools and practices for addressing anti-Black racism within the organization.
  • Staff will collectively and inter-departmentally create objectives that enable tangible commitment and accountability.

Pre-training readings:

Facilitated by Kimalee Phillip and Kateri Gauthier

Kimalee Phillip (she/her) is an experienced social justice and organizational learning consultant, facilitator, writer, educator and researcher whose work is deeply grounded in, and informed by Black queer feminist thought and practice. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Rights and Law and her Master’s degree in Legal Studies which focused on field and theoretical research on the coloniality of gender and violence in Grenada. She sits on the Board of Trustees with the Groundswell Social Justice Fund and organizes with the Caribbean Solidarity Network. She works as a Human Rights Representative with Canada’s largest public sector union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and does movement-support work with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). Her heart remains in water, land and territories where she was born and raised, Grenada, while her body continues to organize and live on Turtle Island.

Kateri Gauthier Born and raised in Niswaakamog (the Three Trails—more recently referred to as Sudbury), Kateri is of Anishinaabe and European ancestry. Her family roots are from Wiikwemkoong and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. She is a hand drummer and song keeper, a certified Reiki practitioner, yoga instructor and facilitator of healing and wellness circles. Kateri Gauthier recently joined the Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health at Women’s College Hospital as Indigenous Education Coordinator. Her previous role was as Healthier You Program Coordinator at De dwa da dehs nye>s, an Aboriginal Health Access Centre, whose name translates to “we’re taking care of each other amongst ourselves” in the Cayuga language. Kateri’s focus was on the prevention of type 2 diabetes through the promotion of 4 healthy eating practices and physical fitness activities among urban Indigenous community members across all stages of the life cycle. She was also responsible for offering culturally-relevant programming and supports to assist individuals in ending their use of commercial tobacco products. Previously, she was with the Ontario Arts Council for five years. First as Program Coordinator and later promoted to Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF) Outreach Coordinator, where she concentrated on program promotion, applicant capacity-building, resource development and training online.


November 4