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How to be an Ally: Anti-Oppression 101

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585 Dundas Street East

Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

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How to be an Ally: Anti-Oppression 101

This is an introductory workshop that engages a wide range of learners in understanding power dynamics, oppression and liberation in a Canadian and global context. The workshop explores the language of social justice, and looks at models for creating more equitable communities. The workshop examines concepts of intersectionality, positionality, privilege and oppression in the Canadian cultural, political and historical contexts. Participants will explore internalized, interpersonal and institutional oppression and explore their roles/identities in relation to others. This workshop uses individual and group activities as well as discussion to apply learnings.

Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session.


Speaker: Rania El Mugammar

Rania El Mugammar is a Sudanese Canadian Artist, Arts Educator, Equity and Anti-oppression Educator & Consultant, performer, speaker and published writer. Her work interrogates notions of home, belonging, womxnhood, blackness, migration/exile as they intersect with the identities and places she identities with. Rania is an advocate for womxn's rights, racial justice/black liberation and youth. Social justice anchors Rania's work as she is deeply committed to anti-oppressive practices and inclusion. She is the current co-chair of the Outburst Advisory Committee at the Barbara Schlifer Clinic, former curator of D’bi Young’s Watah School “Art(is)t Shaman” Series and a member of the Kandake Performance Collective. Rania is deeply passionate about gender/race justice and organizing locally and globally. She is the editor of SpeakSudan’s youth arts magazine and a contributor to a variety of blogs and publications.

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What is "How to be an Ally"?

As more and more of us face the fact that the world is unfair and unjust for so many, we feel the pull to understand our role in supporting one another. Together, we can figure out how to create a society that works for everybody in our Canadian context here.

The kinds of questions we hope to ask include, but are not limited to: How do we learn from each other? How do I check my privilege? How can we engage in a conversation around identity, oppression, and colonialism? How do we work together?

For these sessions we have asked equity trainers to draw on their lived experiences and professional practice building bridges between communities to share their thoughts on how someone could be their ally.

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To make it as financially accessible, the Social Innovation Institute is covering the cost of organizing these workshops. To support future workshops and create access for more people to attend, you can donate while registering and the raised amount will be used to continue these conversations! For other accomodations required to attend the workshop (i.e., tokens, child minding, etc), please email Shilbee (shilbee@socialinnovation.ca). We’re constantly learning and exploring different ways to live up to our value of creating healthy cultures and we’re always open to feedback.

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