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Anti-racism Workshop Series

Workshop 1:

Unpacking the Past and Decolonizing the Future

Wednesday, February 3 (10 am – 11:30 am)
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Sunday, February 7, (10 am – 11:30 am)
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Workshop 2:

Waking Up to a New Reality

Monday, February 8 (10 am – 11:30 am)
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Saturday, February 13 (2 pm – 3:30 pm)
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Workshop 3:

Standing in your Power

Wednesday, February 17 (10 am – 11:30 am)
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Saturday, February 20, (2 pm – 3:30 pm)
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Workshop 4:

Living the Practice: Anti-Racist in the workplace

Thursday, February 25 (10 am – 11:30 am)
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Sunday, February 28, (10 am – 11:30 am)
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A message from our President

As we commemorate Black History Month across Canada, ATU Local 113 acknowledges the work, struggles and successes of our sisters and brothers of African descent – past and present.

We recognize and acknowledge that each of you are a part of what makes our diverse city, and country, a great place to work and live – by the contributions you make to our society.

As part of our Social Justice Initiative, join us this year, in our pilot program for Black History Month.

We want to ensure that all our members have an opportunity to participate and have easy access to all information about the program.

  1.  Through the sharing of “Our Stories”, we hope to create awareness of the issues and concerns faced and ideas for moving forward.
    • You will see the stories of our members on posters at locations and on our website and social media. The videos of these stories will be available on our website.
    • Each story shared is shared with courage, grace, respect and with the hope to help bring about positive change.
    • We appreciate the diversity of thoughts and ideas these stories represent.
    • We thank our members who participated in the sharing of Our Stories. By doing this you are already helping to make a difference.
  2. All our Members are invited to send us your stories at diversity@atu113.net.
  3. As part of our capacity building efforts, a series of educational workshops will be held, to help all our members to better understand Page 3 the issues related to anti-black racism – its history, current challenges and the way forward.
    • I urge you to avail of these interactive workshops and to encourage fellow members to join you.
    • These workshops are made available to you by your union and registration is simple and easy.
    • Details are on the Workshop Registration are available at your location’s notice board, or on our website.
  4. ATU 113 is engaged with community groups and grassroots organizations working for equity and racial justice.
    • This year we have invited Parents of Black Children, a local organization based in the York Region, working with children and families to fight racial injustice in the education system – to guide us through the educational workshops, I mentioned earlier.
    • They will be happy to set up information session for your location, committees, or community group, if you wish to learn about their work, challenges and successes, and how you can help.

We hope you will find this pilot program valuable. Your participation and feedback will give us insights into how to develop programs that are relevant to you and our goals for fighting for social justice for all.

Our Stories

Evan St Louis, Operator

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Natasha Le Cointe, Operator

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Max Lindo, Maintenance, Shop

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Helen Teshome Belhu, Operator

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Chris Jones, Operator

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Resources

Diving into the unfolding history of wrecked slave shipsNational Geographic

‘This is a grave site’: Diving with a Purpose surfaces the history of the transatlantic slave tradeCBC

A History of the KKK in CanadaTVO

The Skin We’re In [VIDEO] – CBC

Black History in CanadaGovernment of Canada

Hedley Jones Talks About the First Electric GuitarYouTube

Hedley JonesWikipedia

Canadian Black Scientists Network

23 historical black Canadians you should knowCBC

Black Canadian Heroes Who Have Paved The Way For Future GenerationsHuffPost

Black Music and Musicians in CanadaThe Canadian Encyclopedia

Noteworthy historical figuresGovernment of Canada

Viola Desmond | New Face on Canada’s $10 Bill [VIDEO] – CBC

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The story of Viola Desmond [VIDEO] – Canadian Museum for Human Rights

One woman’s resistance | Viola Desmond’s StoryCanadian Museum for Human Rights

Black sleeping car portersCanadian Museum for Human Rights

The story of slavery in Canadian historyCanadian Museum for Human Rights

The story of AfricvilleCanadian Museum for Human Rights

 

Reading List Recommendations

From discussions at ATU Local 113’s Anti-Racism Workshops with facilitators, Parents of Black Children:

  • The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard
  • So, You Want to Talk Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Race & Well-Being: The Lives, Hopes, and Activism of African Canadians by Carl James, David Este and Wanda Thomas Bernard
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad and Robin DiAngelo
  • Slave Ship: A Human History by Marcus Rediker

Prolific Black Authors 

  • James Baldwin
  • Maya Angelou
  • Frances Cress Wesling
  • W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Alex Haley
  • Toni Morrison
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Langston Hughes