The Anti-Racism Community Building Working Group (or ARC for short) of the Western Québec School Board was formed in September 2020 with a vision of educating, recognizing and celebrating diversity in our school communities. It has already launched its three first conferences/workshops aimed at sharing life experiences and educating our students.
First held during the Anti-Racism Anti-Discrimination Week (March 15-19), the ARC Speaker Series was exceptionally well received by students, staff and members of the community.
To ensure we make this important educational content available as easily and widely as possible, all three conferences/workshops have been recorded and can be viewed below.
Carlos Brown – Cross Training the Minds of our Students
The Importance of Representation in Schools and on the Fields of Play
In his talk titled “Cross Training the Minds of our Students – The Importance of Representation in Schools and on the Fields of Play”, former head coach Carlos Brown talks about how to recognize and overcome racism, using his life experiences in sports and the school system as a model.
Drew Wapachee McDougall – An Indigenous Voice
The Roots and Branches of Misconceptions about Anishinaabe People
In her talk titled “An indigenous Voice: The Roots and Branches of Misconceptions about Anishinaabe People”, Western Québec student turned teacher Drew Wapachee McDougall explores the historical truths of Indigenous peoples, and how gaps in information have led to a single narrative and misrepresentation through biases and stereotypes.
Sheridon Baptiste – Let’s do our part one kind act at a time
In his talk titled “Let’s do our part one kind act at a time”, three-time bobsleigh olympian Sheridon Baptiste shares what racism has looked like and continues to look like for him, as a highly successful Black man.
Baptiste attended Queen’s University in the late 80s, is a member of the Track & Field Hall of Fame, was a member of Canada’s national track team for many years, and is now the Healthy-Living Coordinator at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre here in Ottawa.
For questions, suggestions and ideas, or to contact Western Québec’s Anti-Racism Community Building Group, please reach out to Secretary General George Singfield.