How To Talk to Your Kids About Anti-Black Racism

This virtual workshop provides foundational knowledge for understanding anti-Black racism in Canada including key terminology, ideological framework, and historical information. The workshop focuses on debunking the myth of the great free north, understanding Canada’s legacies of colonialism and enslavement, and understanding the ways in which anti-Black racism manifests today. Participants will consolidate their knowledge using a transformative Jeopardy game/bingo card.

This workshop then moves from theory into a practice for sharing tools with children on how to recognise, challenge, and resist anti-Black racism. Facilitators will provide tips and resources for how to present information and analysis to children in a way that is age appropriate, safe, empowering, and engaging. The group will discuss how children and families can engage in self-love and transformative allied actions and will plan mini lessons for their families in breakout groups.

Facilitators: Nauoda Robinson from the FREEDOMSCHOOL – Toronto – a youth and parent driven initiative that intervenes to fight against anti-Black racism in the school system and to creative educational alternatives for Black children.

Session Moderator:  Natasha Prashad, Advisor, Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, U of T