Carolina Pannenbecker holds up a sign that says, ‘White silence = violence,” at an anti-racism protest in Alberta in May of 2020. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Black Press

Carolina Pannenbecker holds up a sign that says, ‘White silence = violence,” at an anti-racism protest in Alberta in May of 2020. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Black Press

Comox Valley organization offering anti-racism response training workshop

A Comox Valley organization is offering an online anti-racism response training workshop later this month.

The Comox Valley Chapter of the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is hosting the 2.5-hour workshop on Monday, Jan. 25, from 3-5:30 p.m.

“Over the past months, racism has become front and centre in the news,” said Jerry Mundi, regional co-ordinator for the BCCIC Comox Valley chapter, in a press release. “Many people are expressing outrage regarding both past and present incidents of racism and hate here in B.C. and beyond. And while we know that victims of racism can be traumatized by the inaction of bystanders, most people freeze up when they witness incidents of racism, often due to a lack of skills.”

The Anti-Racism Response Training Program (ART), developed by Dr. Ishu Ishiyama – and recently adapted and enhanced by your facilitators – uses a witness-centred approach to disrupting racism.

The workshop, which will be facilitated by Thanh Tazumi, Naomi L. Wolfe, and Sanchit Mittal, will help participants shift from being frozen/silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses during racist encounters.

This virtual (Zoom) workshop is highly interactive and involves experiential activities to develop and strengthen active witnessing skills.

Facilitators use a combination of chat box, slides, polls, video clips, scenarios, breakout room discussions and practice sessions, stories and readings, and whole-group learning. Participants are asked to come prepared for full engagement in the workshop by connecting via PC with video and microphone.

For more information regarding the event and facilitators, or to register ($20 fee), visit bit.ly/39jXhvd

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