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Speak Up Against Racism Workshop 2018

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The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed annually on 21 March of every year as set by United Nations. This year’s working theme is “Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination”. The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an opportunity for all of us to renew our commitment to building a world of justice, equality and dignity, where racial discrimination has no place. Racial discrimination violates the inherent rights and dignity of women, men, and children all over the world including Canada.

To commomerate this international day, the Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo (MCA), in partnership with Fort McMurray Islamic School, held the Speak Up Against Racism Workshop 2018 on Thursday March 22nd, 9:30am – 2:00pm at the Fort McMurray Islamic School. This year’s workshop focused on Social Media Platforms as tools of promoting inclusion and speaking up against racism.

This year’s workshop hosted 10 schools with 91 students and 12 teachers, and 3 guest speakers. The attendance of schools and students jumped 42.86% and 121.95% respectively in comparison to last year’s workshop. The event breakdown was as follows:

  • 9:30 – 10:00am: Registration and Opportunities Pictures
  • 10:00 – 10:15am: Welcome Speech, Housekeeping items, Outline of the day, and Intro Video
  • 10:15 – 10:30am: Ice Breaker
  • 10:30 – 10:45am: Snack
  • 10:45 – 11:20am: Workshop 1: Cyberbullying and Racism Discrimination - RCMP representative Cst. Kendall Coveney
  • 11:25am – 12:00pm: Workshop 2: Tools for Speaking Up against racism Aurakey Digital Marketing representative Hanna Friedhed
  • 12:05 – 12:30pm: Lunch
  • 12:35 – 1:20pm: Workshop 3: How effective is Social Media? What is your Implementation plan? -91.1 The Bridge representative JD Hunter
  • 1:20 – 1:50pm: Recording Presentations, Sharing them on Social Media and Workshop Evaluations
  • 2:00pm: Conclusion of the Workshop


The Schools that attended are:

  1. Holy Trinity High School (new this year)
  2. Christina Gordon Public School
  3. Fort McMurray Islamic School
  4. Greely Road School (new this year)
  5. Walter and Gladys Hill School
  6. St. Kateri School
  7. St. Martha School
  8. Father Mercredi School (new this year)
  9. Composite Highschool (new this year)
  10. Father Beauregard School (new this year)