To mark the one-year anniversary of the Decolonizing Conference, the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS), in collaboration with Equity Studies, New College, will be hosting an interactive workshop series geared toward critical dialogues, arts and activism. These workshops will bring together academics, educators, activists, artists and community organizers, foregrounding the themes of race, antiracism, Indigeneity and decolonization.

Symposium poster with images of the speakers and moderator, plus the title of the gathering.

This year, against the settler-colonial backdrop of Canada 150 and colonialism across other geopolitical spaces (lands), we ask: 150 for whom, Canada? After 150 years of settler-colonial occupation, the idea of “Canada,” its meaning and its purpose as a nation and set of values, needs to be critically interrogated in ways that extend and deepen our understanding of colonialism across lands. We need to uncover the multiple histories of genocide, exploitation and land dispossession that have impacted and continue to impact different bodies and communities.

We also ask, what’s next? How will we intentionally and critically shape the next 150 years of Canada? Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) calls to action, we must think about our potential to collectively live, be and organize our thoughts and actions with futurity, mutual responsibilities and reciprocity in mind (here in Canada and elsewhere). Some questions that guide the critical conversations are: What have our identities and bodies taught us about the way we have lived and continue to live on the land? What are our individual and collective responsibilities? What can we learn from our past moments to create the future? What social changes, as individuals and a collective, do we want to achieve? What paths can we pursue to achieve short-term and long-term change?

With knowledge sharing at the forefront, we invite participants to engage the conversations and workshops from multiple ontological, epistemological and ideological standpoints. We are pleased to come together once again as a community to think about our present responsibilities and future goals, recognizing that as a collective, we have a far greater potential to exchange ideas, influence thought and reshape policy, politics, social organizations/institutions and local and global structures of education.

This symposium will offer an excellent opportunity to connect with scholars, activists, artists and fellow graduate/undergraduate students in an environment that fosters critical thought, engagement, creativity and innovation in the areas of race, antiracism, Indigeneity and decolonization.


What: 150 for Whom, Canada? Colonialism & Indigeneity across Lands, 2017 CIARS Workshop Symposium

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street West

Please register to reserve your space. Tickets are /pwyc.

Date: November 11th, 2017
Start Time: 9:00am