Tools for Anti-Racist Educators: Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Schools

Workshops are now full, but you can still sign up to see the keynote and panel!


  • October 23, 2020


9:30-10:30AM Welcome, Acknowledgment & Keynote - Ruby Smith Diaz
10:30-11:15AM Racism & Schooling: Student Perspective - Moderator: Ruby Smith Diaz
11:15-12PM Youth Panel Q&A
12-1PM Lunch
1-2:30PM Selection of Workshops
2:30-2:40PM Wrap up & Good-bye


Workshops are now full, but you can still sign up to see the keynote and panel!




Ruby Smith Díaz (she/her/hers) was born to Chilean and Jamaican parents in Edmonton –amiskwaciy and graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education with distinction.

 Since graduating in 2010, Ruby has centred her work on exploring issues of inclusion and anti-oppression in classrooms, custody centres, non-profit organizations and beyond. She is the founder of Tierra Negra Arts, an arts based facilitation business with a mission to deliver workshops that foster inclusion and social justice in communities. She is also the owner of Autonomy Fitness, a body positive personal training business inviting people of all sizes, abilities,  genders and sexual orientations to learn the joy of movement.

In 2018, Ruby launched "Still Here", an arts based workshop series aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of the history of anti-Black racism in Canada, and celebrating the resilience and resistance of Black communities.

Her writing appears in Harsha Walia's book, Undoing Border Imperialism, and in the newly released book by Nora Samaran, Turn this World Inside Out. She is the director and producer of the film After Africville, which was recently featured at the MSVU Gallery in Halifax and the Vancouver International Film Festival Black History Month series.



Presented by:
Preet Lidder & Meenakshi Mannoe

In this workshop, Preet & Meenakshi will explore the impacts of policing on BIPOC students, as well as make connections to the broader influence of police in schools. Preet will share research from her capstone studies into securitization of schools, and Meenakshi will highlight relevant campaign work underway at Pivot Legal Society.

Preet Lidder

Preet Lidder is a second-generation Punjabi immigrant, settler, and woman of colour. Preet is a secondary math teacher in Vancouver, union activist, anti-racist workshop facilitator, AOEC executive member and an all around troublemaker. She completed her M.Ed in Equity Study in Education at SFU in 2019. Preet’s capstone project identified policing as a form of state violence in Canada and how the use of police in schools fundamentally undermines the scholastic mission of the educational system. Her hope is that this workshop can create a space to critically engage as to how police presence impacts BIPOC students, families and communities and how can work towards building school communities that support the safety and well-being of all students.

Meenakshi Mannoe


Meenakshi Mannoe is a settler living on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples since 2006.  In her role at Pivot, she works alongside interdisciplinary colleagues to envision intersectional approaches to policing and criminalization. She values Pivot’s uncompromising commitment to the expertise and vision of people with lived and living experience. Her work emphasizes the impact of policing across campaign areas. Prior to joining Pivot, she held a variety of frontline and administrative positions at legal and social service agencies in Vancouver. Meenakshi is a graduate of the UBC School of Social Work (MSW, 2019) and Registered Social Worker. She is currently a board member for the Community Radio Education Society, programmer at Vancouver Coop Radio (Stark Raven), and member of the Vancouver Prison Justice Day Committee.



Presented by:
吳珏穎Karine Ng and Maneek Chahal

"I teach primary grades -- children don't see race" "Talking about race is divisive.  I teach diversity and inclusivity" "Better let someone trained to do this, I don't want to say the wrong thing" "Too much is asked of us, I'm exhausted!  How about getting back to the basics: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic?"

Sounds familiar? If you feel any gut reaction at all to any of the above statements, this workshop is for you.  Be ready for a deep dive into how critical literacy and an anti-racist practice can empower yourself, engage the children you teach, and effect change in the school community at large.  Questions to be discussed are: What does an anti-racist teaching practice look like?  Why anti-racism? How does it connect to literacy?  What are some resources for young children?  The only thing you need for this workshop is an open, inquiring mind.


The colonial history that brought me to Turtle Island as an immigrant-settler traces back to the Opium Wars (1839-1860), a direct and atrocious result from the same British imperialism that is the cause of entrenched and far-reaching injustices still present today. As an educator, the responsibility to expose and resist all forms of oppression is always front of my mind. My teaching practice is continually enriched by the intersectional lens and anti-oppression analysis developed through my involvement with the AOEC. I invite dreamers for a more just world to unlearn, decolonize and agitate in community with each other.


I am a grade 4 teacher residing, working, and playing on the unceded and traditional territories of the Tsawwassen and Musqueam Coast Salish peoples. Growing up in Penticton, BC, I had some positively impactful teachers, coaches, and friends. However, I also felt a sense of discomfort, misunderstanding, and confusion around my identity as an Indo-Canadian person. It wasn’t until I moved to the Lower Mainland that I realized that I had been experiencing internalized racism my entire life. As an educator, I want my BIPOC students to know that they are not alone in this journey. It is important for my young students to recognize that the world is not fair to everyone. Through picture books, deep conversations, and sharing my personal journey we are learning about how racism and oppression exist within our communities.


Presented by: Oliver Kollar (He/Him/His, Settler)

In this workshop, Oliver will share experiences from his ELL classroom and his journey to decolonize his practice.  The workshop will allow participants to collaborate on creating anti-oppressive spaces for newcomer youth.


Oliver teaches the ILEAD program in the VSB, where he empowers newcomer youth with language acquisition, literacy & numeracy skills. He has recently completed his M.Ed in Literacy Education with a focus on his program.


Presented by: Amrit Kaur Sanghe

This workshop will offer strategies on how teachers can develop inclusive and antiracist pedagogies within their classrooms. We will examine how ableism and racism intersect to create a uniquely challenging experience for racialized students with disabilities. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their identity and how it intersects with systemic oppression within the education system.


Amrit Kaur Sanghe is an educator and Punjabi settler, born on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw people and currently residing on the unceded land of the Stó:lō First Nations. During her graduate studies, Amrit studied Canadian neoliberal education policy and its impact on marginalized youth. As an educator and union activist, Amrit is committed to the life-long project of dismantling white supremacy and systemic oppression. She hopes events such as the AOEC PSA conference will help racialized educators forge new solidarities and offer space for antiracist educators to heal from the trauma of working in white supremacist institutions, often in isolation. It is also her hope that this event will aid non-Indigenous educators such as herself, to come to terms with the full historical weight and present-day implications of their settler status, and engage in meaningful action toward reconciliation.