Partnering to Address Racism
Public Health Sudbury & Districts, in partnership with Laurentian University and the City of Greater Sudbury’s Local Immigration Partnership obtained the Government of Canada’s Community Support for Black Canadian Youth grants from the federal department of Canadian Heritage. The vision for the project was inspired by a grassroots group “Uluntu Lungisa Usawa” (ULU). The grant is focused on the mobilization and engagement of Black and racialized youth, community partners and allies to address anti-Black racism and racial discrimination in Greater Sudbury.
Key components of the project include:
- ULU Youth Mentorship Program
- Youth engagement and education sessions
- Allyship training for partners
ULU Youth Mentorship Program
The ULU Youth Mentorship Program is a peer-to-peer program designed to support young people of colour who want to become leaders in addressing racism to make the community more safe, inclusive, and equitable for everyone. The program seeks to empower young people of colour to learn about their rich history; think critically about their social settings including the media, pop culture, and places of learning, and; facilitate discussions about racism, human rights, and allyship. The program is also open to young people who are interested in participating as an ally.
Youth engagement and education sessions
Engagements sessions are currently offered to children and youth of all ages. Sessions are facilitated by members from ULU, including graduates from the ULU Youth Mentorship Program. Sessions raise awareness about racism and anti-racist approaches through open and honest discussions about racism, human rights, and allyship, and include personal stories and experiences. Participants are invited to share their experiences and ask questions in a safe and respectful setting. Participants will develop and reflect on hopes and actions to take for an inclusive, safe, and respectful community.
ULU stands for Uluntu, Lungisa, Usawa meaning Humanity, Justice and Equity from South African languages. ULU aims to improve race relations across the community and support peers. ULU seeks to create awareness through education about racism, it’s history in Canadian and international contexts and the impacts on people of colour today. Founding members of ULU are Hediyeh Karimian, Litha Ncanisa, and Kadre Gray.
Follow ULU on Instagram @U.L.U_ https://www.instagram.com/ulu_2019/
The ULU Student Office at Laurentian University is located in the Arts Building, – Room A120A, 935 Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Allyship training for partners
Allyship training is offered by Public Health Sudbury & Districts staff. Allyship training is for any agency, group, or community member who wants to make a difference by ensuring that our communities are inclusive, free from discrimination and racism, and safer for everyone.
Partner agencies and the public are invited to develop local capacity and understanding around anti-racist approaches and allyship. Allyship is an anti-oppressive training designed to build valuable skills on how to be an ally. Allyship training takes place during a three-hour interactive session that aim to:
- increase awareness and understanding of participants’ complex relationship to identity
- increase participant knowledge and sensitivity about the experiences of marginalized groups
- increase participant skills and provide gaining practical tools to understand ways to be an ally
To attend an Allyship training session or find out more contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 705.522.9200 ext. 771
This item was last modified on April 24, 2020