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Active Witnessing (Bystander) Webinar

December 2, 2021

Have you ever witnessed an incident of racism or hate but did not know what to do? Learn the tools to shift from being a passive witness to an active witness!

Learn more about anti-racism and the tools that will empower you to shift from being a passive witness to an active witness.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Active Witnessing (Bystander) Webinar presented by Raymond James Ltd.

Have you ever witnessed an incident of racism or hate but did not know what to do?

Have you thought about how you could respond if you ever witnessed such an incident?

Join this community webinar, co-facilitated by Thanh Tazumi, Naomi Wolfe and Toyin Kareem, to learn more about anti-racism as well as the tools that will equip and empower you to shift from being a passive witness to an active witness. Learn about the bystander effect, the four levels of witnessing, and effective words and actions that you can put into practice.

Using a witness-centered approach to disrupting racism, this webinar is designed to encourage participants to shift from being frozen or silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses. In doing so, we can disrupt racism and build a safer and more inclusive community.

We can all work together towards building a community of support against racism and hate.

The Zoom link will be sent to all those who register by December 1 at 10:00am.


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About the facilitators

Thanh Tazumi(she/her) and her family immigrated to Canada as refugees in 1984. She worked for a multicultural organization for 10 years, coordinating anti-racism, diversity, and organizational change projects. Thanh coordinated the first anti-racism walk in Campbell River in 1997 and formed an interagency committee to continue this annual event until 2006. She has co-facilitated workshops on intercultural communication, diversity and inclusion, and Anti-racism Response Training. Thanh is grateful to live on the traditional territory of the Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai, and the E’iksan-K’omoks peoples. She is aware of the history of racism in Canada and many of its impacts on Indigenous and other racialized people. She is committed to working toward reconciliation and healing.

Naomi L. Wolfe(she/her) is a mixed European settler Canadian, originally from Saskatchewan (Treaty 6), who is grateful to reside on the unceded traditional territory of the E’iksan and K’omoks Peoples. Naomi’s start in anti-racism work began when she was a teen in Nashville, Tennessee. After 11 years in the USA and 10 years in Guatemala, she moved back to Canada, eventually to Vancouver Island. Through involvement with the local Immigrant Welcome Centre and 29 years as ESL faculty at North Island College, Naomi gained a deep understanding of the barriers faced by her diverse community. Naomi co-facilitates Anti-Racism Response Training (ART), Theatre for Living (TFL), Compassionate Listening (TCLP) and other workshops, and has presented at conferences in Canada and internationally. Naomi greatly values collaborating with others to bring about a more just and inclusive society.

Toyin Kareem (she/her) is a Communications Specialist with years of experience in Relationship Management from West Africa before moving to Canada. She has a keen interest in diversity, equity and inclusion which informed her foray into a PhD in Development Communication where she focused on Social Justice Advocacy on social media. She has worked with advocacy organizations who work with marginalized groups, especially around intercultural communication, equity, diversity and inclusion. She currently works with a not-for-profit that provides professional settlement services and builds welcoming and inclusive communities while promoting anti-racism. In her role, she works collaboratively with other organizations to initiate projects that ensure newcomers feel included, welcome and safe to the community. She is currently located on the traditional territory of the We Wai Kai and the Wei Wai Kum people, whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.

Raymond James Ltd. Member – Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

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