University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
The Student Teachers Anti-Racism Society (STARS) promotes anti-racism education at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan through the support of the College. We work collaboratively to understand, identify, and address individual and systemic racism and its interlocking forms of oppression based on gender, sexuality, ability, class, religion and other socially constructed categories. We believe that anti-racist and decolonizing education, when woven together, can create humanizing and emancipatory change for everyone.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Common Ground Cafe

I heard an inspirational story on the radio this morning about an interesting approach used to understand and address racism directed towards Aboriginal peoples in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Although the broadcast is not necessarily an anti-racist resource, the various stories and discourses shared are similar to those heard throughout Canada. Having students apply a race and power analysis to the narratives of a different location can open space for classroom discussions about racism and the need for anti-racist action in local contexts.

We started this segment with a scene at an event called The Common Ground Cafe. It's an experiment by our colleagues at the CBC in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They wanted to look at the divide between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people in their city. So they invited groups -- evenly split between those who are Aboriginal and those who are not -- to get together to cook and share a meal. The CBC's Jody Porter wore the oven mitts and held the microphone at The Common Ground Cafe. She was in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

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