Conversations About Race In BC Series

Speaker Series

Every year, Coquitlam Public Library hosts a Speaker Series to engage with complex topics impacting our community. This year we’ve partnered with local experts to bring you five important panel discussions on Race in Canada.

Join us every Wednesday from October 11th to November 8th to learn about these different perspectives.

Line Up

Date Topic  Additional Notes
Oct. 11 Indigenous Culture Christine Mackenzie (First Nations artist and facilitator from the Kwakiutl Nation) will speak on her teachings and life experience in the hope of fostering a greater sense of empathy around Indigenous culture and issues.
Oct. 18 Immigrants Members of the Tri-Cities Local Partnership’s Immigrant Advisory Table talk about their journeys to Canada. Learn about who embarks upon this journey, why they make it, and how this journey affects their perceptions of themselves.
Oct. 25 Antisemitism A speaker from the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre will speak on topics of Holocaust-based anti-racism and commemoration.
Nov. 1 Islamophobia Speakers from the Foundation for a Path Forward will dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Muslims and Islam by giving an overview of Islamic beliefs, practice, and culture. 
Nov. 8  Allyship  Anyone coping with the burden of racism needs allies. But what does it really mean to be an authentic ally? This is an important question for everyone to consider, especially those in leadership roles. Embodying equity informed skills will change how you show up and impact those around you - individuals, groups, teams, organizations and beyond. In this workshop, we focus on the inner work required to build equity informed allyship.


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