Taking Action Workshops

Taking Action in Social Justice Workshop

Grades 7-12: Activism can seem overwhelming and joining a cause can seem intimidating, but did you know that even small actions can be a step towards social justice? Anyone can participate in activism. In this workshop, students examine what it means to be empowered, how to move through the steps of social movements, how to expand a base of allies and supporters for a cause, as well as examples of activists and social justice movements that have had an impact in our world. 

Note: it is not necessary for students to participate in the power and privilege workshop before this session, but it is suggested in order for students to gain the most from this workshop. This workshop can also be completed as a half day (3 hour) session. 

This workshop is a great addition to curriculum for teachers who are interested in engaging their students in practical social justice action.  It complements classroom work being done surrounding human rights issues, or social justice groups in the school, providing students with applicable knowledge. 

Ethical Consumerism Workshop

Grades 9-12: This workshop helps students work through the tough process of being a conscientious consumer, considering the impact of the product we are buying on other people, animals, and the environment.  This workshop breaks down different questions to ask while deciding on a purchase, it explores how our consumption habits are shaped by globalization and capitalism, and introduces several alternatives to mainstream consumption habits, giving students different options for more sustainable consumption habits. 

This workshop fits well with the Education for Sustainable Development vision of equipping students across the province with the information and skills to live sustainably and to develop life-long sustainable development practices.  

Art & Activism Workshop

Grades 7-12: This 2-part workshop explores how activism and art fit together as powerful tools for change. Students will learn what activism is, what an ally looks like and how to be one through group discussion and dialogue. Students will learn about social movements and critically engage with their strengths and weaknesses. Finally, they will gain an understanding of how art can be used as a tool for social change. Students finish the workshop by creating art based on a human rights issue that matters to them. 

This workshop is great for teachers who are interested in engaging their students in practical social justice action. Students remain tethered to Arts and Social studies curricula as well as Middle and High School Years pedagogy through learning how to engage in critical thinking to understand how art can be used for social change. It complements human rights oriented classrooms and social justice groups in the school by providing students with applicable knowledge.

Anti Oppression in the Compassionate Classroom

In this workshop, teachers will learn about the fundamentals of anti-oppression work and its’ compatibility current pedagogical approaches. They will be equipped with an understanding of what shapes a marginalized student’s experience from the syllabus to the classroom setup. Teachers will be empowered to create safer spaces for student learning and encouraged to reflect on how their own identity and experiences impact learners.

Addressing Racism 

Our Addressing Racism workshop tackles racism, aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to identify and confront racism. This workshop will tackle

  • What is racism?
  • The different types of racism, 
  • Intersectionality, and
  • How to identify and confront racism 

Participants will reflect on various scenarios and have meaningful conversations and idea sharing. This workshop is a great way to have a safe and open dialogue about racism.


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