Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic we have been witnessing a rise in racism. 14% of respondents to our annual client outcomes survey indicated they had experienced incidents of racism within the last year. This is an increase from 11% indicated in the previous year’s survey.

Earlier this year, we hosted a series of community conversations exploring recommendations on how we can work together to prevent anti-Asian racism, in particular, and better support victims of hate on the North Shore. Building on these sessions, we will be hosting a two-part Community Forum on Anti-Asian Racism during the second week of March.

This event will take place over two evenings and further explore the roots and impacts of anti-Asian racism, and discuss actions we can take individually and collectively to build safer, more inclusive communities for everyone.

Part 1 – Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Panel Discussion (Tuesday, March 8, 2022)
Join us as we explore insights and reflections on the history and continuing legacy of anti-Asian racism in this place, as well as strategies to combat anti-Asian and other forms of racism in our communities. Andisheh Fard will be guiding the conversation a moderator and the panel will feature panelists: Ashraf Amlani, Hayne Y Wai, Dominique Bautista. Register here.

Part 2 – Break the Silence: Active Witnessing Session (Thursday, March 10, 2022)
Join us for this interactive session with Angela Ma Brow if you have ever witnessed a racist incident but didn’t know what to say or do? You will learn about the ‘Witnessing Triangle’ and how to safely respond as an ‘Active Witness’ to respond to racist remarks and behaviours appropriately and effectively. Register here.

Please join us for this free, two-part virtual community forum – Registration is now open (links above)