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Anti-Racism workshop coming to Swift Current

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The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre’s executive director Icasiana de Gala has a good relationship with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan. Justin Waldrop, communications and marketing co-ordinator of MCoS says the provincial organization is hosting a conference in Swift Current because of the relationship they have with such agencies as  Welcome Centre. The Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre’s executive director Icasiana de Gala has a good relationship with the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan. Justin Waldrop, communications and marketing co-ordinator of MCoS says the provincial organization is hosting a conference in Swift Current because of the relationship they have with such agencies as Welcome Centre.

Swift Current will be the site for an important workshop in March.


Province-wide Arrêt/Stop Racism Youth Leadership Workshops are being led by the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) and are targeted for high-school students.
Justin Waldrop, communications and marketing co-ordinator of MCoS says they wanted to come to Swift Current because they receive a lot of support from southwest Saskatchewan.
“We have two strong member groups in Swift Current that serve southwest Saskatchewan: Southwest Multicultural Association (SWMA) and the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre (SWNWC),” explains Waldrop. “SWNWC has had staff trained as facilitators for several years. They decided they wanted to bring the training to the region. This is the third year we are working in the area.”
Waldrop explains the workshops follow the same agenda, but the nature of the activities entails participants bringing their own experiences. Waldrop says that means the discussions at each workshop have some similarities and are unique.
“Racism and discrimination occur across the province are indeed systemic. We would like to offer our programming to additional locations in the future, such as La Ronge,” explains Waldrop. “The original agenda as designed by Rhonda Rosenberg, executive director of MCoS. It is based on work she has done in the past, including with Regina Public Schools’ ACT! program. It has evolved with feedback and experiences. Activities include Create a Culture, Sticky Labels, An Interactive Drama Process and Circle Sharing. This year, we pay a little more attention to Indigenous cultures and experiences of colonialism as part of our work on Truth and Reconciliation calls to action.”
New activities for 2017:
• Experiential learning on Indigenous cultures, Canadian colonial history and legacies, including residential schools. Participants will learn about TRC Calls to Action.
• Three webinars through the Ministry of Education to provide:
• Orientation session for teachers that will prepare them for the workshop and allow them to do pre-teaching with students, so they can observe their schools and identify issues of racism; discrimination, and oppression. (end of January);
• Support for teachers and students to work on project development. (mid-March);
• Opportunity for schools to share their activities, successes, and challenges. (April or May).
So far, there has been a lot of interest expressed but registration always happens at the last minute as it takes schools time to get organized and get the necessary permissions. Last year, the MCofS had about 120 students in Ponteix from the southwest and expect the same. Waldrop says they hope to see about 100 students at each workshop (the average attendance).
The March 10 event in Swift Current is at All Saints Catholic School Gym (2180 Woodrow Lloyd Place). Registration is free. Apply by Jan. 23. That can be done online at: http://mcos.ca/anti-racism-youth-leadership-workshops-registration/
 Waldrop wanted to make sure potential participants also take the opportunity to launch their annual March 21st campaign at the workshops and encourage students and educators to participate. This year their theme is “Show Racism the Door” and they will offer materials and activities related to it (not officially launched yet).

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