*** This event is taking place on Coast Salish territories, specifically the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, sel̓íl̓witulh, and Stó:lō nations.***

You’re well intentioned, and you know that racism exists, so you can’t possibly perpetuate it… right? Let’s explore some of the ways white privilege plays out despite anti-racist knowledge and good intentions.

**This workshop is for white & non-POC folks who are interested in deepening their practice of solidarity and allyship. Are you Black/Indigenous/mixed/person of color who is also LGBATQ+? We are hosting a dance workshop with ILL NANA for you! Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/256035784762347/ **

*Registration required. Please register here: https://docs.google.com/a/sfss.ca/forms/d/1Ix12jxrUS1NWamCfPvuw-8ESiyPFTQst58z59ikRmvs/viewform

> Do you need ASL? Please register to let us know by Thurs, July 7.

**If no requests have been received by Thurs, July 7, ASL will be cancelled.** <


How do we deeply practice recognition of one another while remaining open to sometimes painful truths about our own realities? How can we create meaningful, equitable, and accountable community practices when there are larger systems at work that often require each one of us to deny a part of our own story – to varying degrees – in order to survive? How will we have a conversation about this while inhabiting our whole humanity and aiming to understand that of our friends, family, colleagues, people we aim to serve, and our fellow community members?

With compassion, integrity, courage, honesty, and the healing power of vulnerability, participants will be invited to explore a side of our lived experiences that is often overlooked, but always at play, in every single interaction: Power. Shared; earned; honoured; vested; stolen; systemic; inherent; always present and never irrelevant.

Using interactive activities, visuals, cultural healing modalities, and personal stories, (and a lively personality!) this workshop will provide an experiential, philosophical and skills-based approach to connect with some of the impacts that systemic power has in our communities, cultures, and lives. Participants will walk away with an experiential understanding of the aforementioned, and how to practice deeper allyship and solidarity in their own lives and workplace, and very possibly a deeper sense of connection with one another, and perhaps even themselves.

Participants will be invited to explore these questions:

– What does meaningful accessibility and inclusion mean; and what does it not mean; and how do we ensure we are practicing this in our lives?

– What is Systemic Power and Intersectionality and why are these concepts relevant to our work and lives?

– What is privilege and how do we identify it in our lives and work to use it to build a more equitable world?

– What could liberation look like?

– How do we practice deep allyship and solidarity with communities whose lived realities go beyond our own?


Anna Soole is a Métis facilitator who is primarily perceived as white. The lived reality of walking through the world with pale skin and Indigenous stories, history, teachings and truths has gives her a unique understanding of the constructions of race and racialization. Here’s Anna Soole’s bio from her website (http://www.annasoole.com):


“I am Métis of the Cree, Ojibwe and Lakota First Nations, and French, Celtic, Gaelic, Welsh, and German settler ancestry*.


I currently reside, as a visitor, on the unceded and occupied, traditional and ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.


As an agent for transformative justice and liberation, and a senior trainer, speaker, and educator for nearly two decades, I have practiced as a Social Justice Facilitator, Assertiveness Coach, and Forum Theatre Practitioner at provincial, national, and international levels. I have worked with tens of thousands of children, youth, adults, teachers, social workers, and service providers along their personal, educational, and professional journeys.


My practice is founded in experiential education and arts-based social and ecological justice with a focus on gender, sexuality, gender based violence prevention and justice, fat politics, transformative communication, assertiveness, intersectional anti-oppression, and Indigenous feminism.


My work is firmly rooted in decolonization, agency, interdependency, and transformation. As our movement for liberation deepens and grows, I remain dedicated to community healing, compassion, courage, integrity, love and dignity for all of life everywhere.


All My Relations.


*I am primarily read as white, and am **socially located somewhere in all of this: currently small fat; queer; femme; Two Spirit; kind-of-mostly-cisgender; invisibly disabled; temporarily ENabled; non-academic; survivor of intergenerational trauma by genocide, abuse, sexual assault and disenfranchisement; poverty/working/creative class roots…


**Many thanks to the indefatigable freedom fighter Kalamity Hildebrandt for coining this excellent line for identity description, and so, so much more.”


Wheelchairs & Scooters

The Maggie Benson Center is wheelchair and scooter accessible.


There are wheelchair accessible washrooms in the vicinity. We also have multi stall accessible washrooms in the vicinity that can be used as gender neutral washrooms.

ASL & FM Tuners

We are looking into booking interpreters for this event. Do you need ASL? Please register to let us know by Thurs, July 7.

**If no requests have been received by Thurs, July 7, ASL will be cancelled.**

No Peanuts, Tree Nuts or Coconuts

This event is a peanut & tree nut free space. Please do not bring tree nuts (including coconut) and peanuts into the space in any way to ensure that the space remains as accessible as possible.

OOC Scent Free Policy

This event is a scent free space. Please refrain from using scented products such as perfume, cologne, lotions, deodorant, laundry soap, dryer sheets, etc prior to this event. Here are some good resources:

– Think Before You Stink: http://thinkbeforeyoustink.com/howtogofragrancefree.html

– Fragrance Free Femme of Color Realness: http://www.brownstargirl.org/blog/fragrance-free-femme-of-colour-realness-draft-15


This room has plastic and metal armless chairs.


This room has fluorescent lights installed, as well as some natural light. The workshop will include a powerpoint presentation that is projected onto a white screen. Let us know what you need in the registration form or during the workshop.

Electromagnetic Fields

This room is within range of the SFU wifi networks. There will be a laptop and projector being used by the facilitator. Please turn off your cellphones.


This event is free.


Snacks will be provided.

Let us know if we can meet your access need better.