Webinar with Dr. Verna St. Denis

Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar with Dr. Verna St. Denis. Please see the link below to watch Dr. St. Denis' presentation.

Watch: St. Denis, V. (2017). Critical Race Theory and its Implication for Indigenous Cultural Safety. http://icscollab orative.com/webinars/critical-race-theory-and-its-implication-for-indigenous-cultural-safety

An Introduction to Anti-Racism Webinar with Cheryl Ermine

Key Learnings and Resources

Tuesday August 25th @ 4pm

Thank you to everyone that attended our webinar. A special thank you to Cheryl Ermine for sharing her knowledge and time with us.

Below is a short summary of the key learnings we discussed, as well as a link to Dr. Sheelah McLean's article we recommended the participants read.

Questions to Consider:

  • What is power? What impact does power have?

  • What is racism? What impact does racism have?

  • What are racist policies?

  • What are racist ideas?

  • What is racial inequity?

Definition of Racism:

  • "Racism is a marraige of racist policies and racist ideas that produce and normalize racial inequities." -Ibram X. Kendi

What is Antiracism?

  • Any method that aims to reduce racial inequity.

  • An antiracist person supports antiracist policies and expresses antiracist ideas. They confess the racist policies they support and the racist ideas they express.

How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • "We know how to be racist. We know how to pretned to be not racist. Now let's know how to be antiracist."

  • "The heartbeat of racism is denial. The heartbeat of antiacism is confession."

Implications for Educators

  • We need to respond by learning all we can about how racialized thinking impacts the education we offer.

  • We need to begin to understand the devastating and ongoing effects of cultural genocide and trauma. We need to learn about the impact of trauma and how to foster resilient learners.

  • We need teachers who are willing to learn how to identify colonial practices within their schools, their teaching, and in their classroom resources.

Reflection Questions:

  • How can you work towards being antiracist this year?

  • How far are you willing to go?


Kendi, I. X. (2019). How to be an antiracist. New York, NY: One World.

McLean, S. (2018). “We built a life from nothing” White settler colonialism and the myth of meritocracy. OurSchools/OurSelves, Fall/Winter, 32-33. https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2017/12/McLean.pdf