What opportunities does Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan provide schools?
MCoS provides one day interactive provincial anti-racism and anti-discrimination youth leadership workshops in a variety of locations across Saskatchewan. Students engage with peers from throughout the province as they participate in activities to explore identity, intercultural relationships, power, privilege, racism and discrimination.
Prior to these workshops, MCoS offers a one day training opportunity to approximately 12-20 facilitators (including high school students, university pre-service education students, Settlement Workers in Schools and others with an interest in the work) to build capacity to facilitate these activities throughout the province.
How does the Ministry of Education support the Arrêt/Stop Racism youth leadership workshops?
In 2016-17, the Ministry of Education supported MCoS to train students and school staff to facilitate activities in their schools. The project includes three webinars:
- an orientation session for teachers to help them to work with the students to identify issues of racism, discrimination and oppression in their schools prior to the workshop;
- a session for teachers and students on project development after the workshop; and,
- an opportunity for students to present their projects, share their successes and reveal their challenges.
How does the anti-racism workshop and the CSCH approach work together?
The CSCH approach focuses on creating opportunities for children and youth to experience healthy, supportive and equitable learning environments where all students feel safe, cared for and respected. The Arrêt/Stop Racism youth leadership workshops create this environment for high school students and empower them with tools, examples, experience and confidence to replicate this at their schools. These workshops also engage elders and other community members to support a whole school approach to anti-racism and anti-discrimination.
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