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Speak Up Against Racism Workshop

Speak Up Against Racism Workshop

On March 30, 2017

At Unit 3 301 Sparrow Hawk Dr #3, Fort McMurray, AB T9K 0P1, Canada

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Speak up Against Racism Workshop

Walter and Gladys Hill School Gym

March 30, 2017 9:30am – 2:00pm


Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo (MCA) in collaboration with Walter and Gladys Hill School hosted a workshop on Speak up against Racism on March 30th from 9:30 – 2:00pm. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March of every year as set by United Nations. This year’s working theme is “United to fight racism, racial discrimination, enslavement, xenophobia and other intolerances everywhere, every day. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an opportunity for all of us to renew our commitment to building a world of justice, equality and dignity, where racial discrimination has no place.

Racial discrimination violates the inherent rights and dignity of women, men, and children all over the world including Canada.

There were a total of 7 schools that took part in the workshop. From the attendees 41 were students and 8 were teachers. One volunteer spent 6 hours on the day of the event to help in set up, tear down, and program support during the day. The workshops were facilitated by Justine Rukeba, Jamie Desautels, and Rodas Asres.


The students and teachers were welcomed by Justine Rukeba: Executive Director of MCA, Dave Parsons: Vice Principal of Walter and Gladys Hill School, and Acting Mayor: Councillor Phil Meagher.


The schools that participated are as follows:

1) Fort McMurray Islamic School

2) Timberlea Public School

3) Christina Gordon Public School

4) St. Martha Elementary School

5) Ecole Dickinsfield Elementary school

6) St. Kateri Catholic School

7) Water and Gladys Hill School 


The students and teachers worked through 7 session and presented their action plans to all the participants at the end of the workshops. The workshop titles were as follows:

1)      Case for Inclusion

2)      Diversity in Schools

3)      Cultural Differences

4)      Recognizing your own identity

5)      What is Racism and what does it look like?

6)      How to prevent racism and promote inclusion

7)      Creating an action plan


The MCA looks forward to future Speak Up Against Racism Workshops and Programs.