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CFRAC: Beginner & Intermediate Nehiyaw Language Classes

The ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐤ (Nêhiyaw or Plains Cree) Language Lessons Program is an ongoing offering of the Centre for Race and Culture that is unique to their organization.  This is due to the methodology used by Reuben Quinn, the language instructor and project coordinator.

The objective of these language lessons is to teach ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐍᐏᐣ (Plains Cree language) using this holistic approach based on 44 symbols, 14 consonants and the eight-direction syllabic system. The directions’ philosophies are included as the lessons are taught in the manner of natural law.

When: November – February (full schedule can be found by clicking the link below)
Where: Online
Price: $50


MLJFF: “Never Going Back” Film Screening

Marda Loop Justice Film Festival presents a free screening the film Never Going Back.  Film synopsis: When Explorer left Honduras, she left everything behind. In the middle of the night, she didn’t have the chance to ask where she was going. This Honduran family traveled to Mexico looking for a safe place. This film is a brief chapter of this family’s journey to protect their daughters’ lives.

This will be one of the films screening at the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival November 16 – 22, 2020. This year we’re going virtual and partnering with the Red Deer Justice Film Festival to bring you seven days of incredible films that you can watch from the comfort of your own home! Screenings will be available throughout Alberta.

When: November 16 – 22, 2020
Where: Online
Price: Free

TIES: Healthy Minds Free Workshops for Albertans

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive layoffs, forced isolation, and tremendous financial, physical, and mental health stress in our community. To address these challenges, The Immigrant Education Society (TIES) is launching Healthy Minds project.
The project will support and enhance Albertans’ mental health during the pandemic through workshops, professional counselling services and a comprehensive and highly accessible information package.

When: Varies
Where: Online
Price: Free

CFRAC: Anti-Racism & Acts of Solidarity (Roundtable Sessions)

In these two online roundtable sessions held by Centre for Race and Culture, speakers will discuss what it means to be allies with racialized groups in our community.

First session speakers: Mohammed Hashim (Executive Director, Canadian Race Relations Foundation) and Sam Singh (Social innovator, Shift Lab) and Cam Stewart (Human Rights Commissioner).

Second session speakers: Samya Hassan (Executive Director, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians), Sarosh Rizvi (Executive Director, Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies), Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah (Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity), and Parker Johnson(Founder, This is Table Talk).

When: November 12 (Part 1) & November 25 (Part 2) | 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Where: Online
Price: Free

CCR: Fall Virtual Consultation – Challenges & beyond: thriving in the era of a pandemic

As we all grapple with the reverberations of the pandemic, refugees, refugee claimants, migrants and newcomers face a unique set of challenges. So do those working to support them. Through these trials and tribulations, what does it look like to survive and to thrive? This consultation will highlight key issues affecting vulnerable communities as well new opportunities emerging in the midst of a health crisis. Participants will share strategies, tools and resources to move beyond the challenges. Virtual consultation taking place from November 26 – December 11. Two non-competing sessions per day, lasting 90 minutes each.

When: November 26 – December 11, 2020 (with two non-concurrent 90-minute sessions per day)
Where: Online

GlobalFest Human Rights Forum: Breaking the Cycle 2.0

he Human Rights Forum, presented by UNACanada-Calgary Branch, has been offered since 2007 as part of GlobalFest’s programming to promote diversity, cross cultural respect, and equality in our community. Our annual Human Rights Forum topics are structured around the UNESCO’s Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination.

Recognized as an excellent platform for sharing experiences, knowledge, and practical solutions necessary to address issues of racism and discrimination, the Human Rights Forum presented by UNAC Calgary encourages systemic change across the Canadian community in a positive and safe environment.

2020 heralded incredible change on a global scale, from the outbreak of the pandemic to the largest civil rights movement in living memory. This year’s forum, originally scheduled for Calgary’s New Central Library in May, will instead take place online over five days in October. The incredible cast of speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Breaking the Cycle 2.0

Noon-1pm, plus question time.

Tuesday 13 October: Becoming an Ally
Wednesday 14 October: Diversifying Organisational Leadership
Thursday 15 October: Institutional Change
Friday 16 October: Indigenous Racism in Alberta

10am-11am, plus question time.

Saturday 17 October: Raising Anti-Racist Kids

Registration: Free.


Join OCIC’s Youth Policy-Makers to talk about mental wellness in newcomer youth communities The OCIC Youth Policy-Makers Hub presents #OurSpaceToo, a workshop for newcomer (immigrant and refugee) youth and a safe space to foster informative and personal dialogue about mental wellness in their communities.

This will be an opportunity for education and awareness, collective relationship building, and a space to practice wellness. We will be discussing issues around how newcomer youth are getting or could get involved in the international development sector, anti-racism, stigma around mental health, increasing awareness about available resources and sharing self-care strategies.

There are two available workshop dates: August 20, 2020 and August 27, 2020, both from 6:00 to 7:30 pm (EDT). Participants are encouraged to attend one of the sessions as the workshop content will be the same on both dates.

Racism & the Media: A Roundtable

Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2020// 1:30-2:30 pm (MT)

Registration Deadline: August 17, 11:55 pm

Racism is a reality in Canada, and recent demonstrations across the country raise the importance of addressing racial inequalities that affect the lives of Black, Indigenous and other racialized communities.

Join Centre for Race & Culture for a online round-table on the media and racism in conversation with our guest speakers Anita Li, co-founder of Canadian Journalists of Colour, Oumar Salifou, previous Editor-in-Chief of The Gateway, and Kalyani Thurairajah, Associate Professer of Sociology at Grant MacEwan University. Gurvinder Bhatia will be moderating the session.