Anti-Racism at RRC

Overview

This panel discussion unpacked the ways in which racism and discrimination present themselves in our society.

Panelists discussed how each of us can be a stronger ally and anti-racist on and off campus. We delved into ways to safely talk about race and discrimination, and explored how post-secondary institutions can transform themselves into more inclusive spaces for staff and students.

This panel was presented in partnership with the RRC Students Association. Ginger Arnold, an Instructor in Social Innovation and Community Development, moderated the discussion.

Speakers

Eternity Martis is an award-winning Toronto-based journalist whose work covers racial injustice, gender-based violence, health and reproductive rights, relationships, and identity politics. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, VICE, Chatelaine, Maclean’s, Salon, The Walrus, and more, and has been taught at universities, transformed newsrooms, and changed policies on anti-Black racism in Canada. She is the author of They Said This Would Be Fun, a book about race, campus life, and growing up.

Jason Mercredi is of Misipawistik Cree Nation, Ininnu descent. He holds a degree from Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law with a focus on Aboriginal Law. His work focuses on advancing Indigenous rights and Indigenous sovereignty through research, and on supporting First Nations by helping them understand their rights and current realities, and by rebuilding Indigenous governance systems.

Zilla Jones is a criminal defense lawyer and proprietor of the Winnipeg firm Jones Law Office. She specializes in challenging abuses of police authority at disciplinary hearings and public inquests, and has appeared at all levels of court in Manitoba and the Supreme Court of Canada. She is active in numerous community organizations and boards.

Supports

Interested in learning more about Anti-Racism and Reconciliation?

RRC Library Reading Lists and Resources

Additional Literature Suggestions

  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
  • Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
  • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
  • They Said This Would be Fun by Eternity Martis

Anti-Racism Event: Audience Q&A

NOTE: Some questions that referred to specific situations may have been modified or omitted to protect the privacy of anyone involved.

We turned to the following people to provide the answers below:

  • Zilla Jones, a Winnipeg criminal defense lawyer who specializes in challenging abuses of police authority at disciplinary hearings and public inquests, and has appeared at all levels of court in Manitoba and the Supreme Court of Canada. Zilla was a panelist at our event.
  • Jason Mercredi, whose work focuses on advancing Indigenous rights and Indigenous sovereignty, on supporting First Nations by helping them understand their rights, and on rebuilding Indigenous governance systems. Jason was a panelist at our event.
  • Priyanji Mediwake, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, RRC.
  • Melissa Goulbourne, Organizational Development Consultant & RRC Anti-Racism Steering Committee member
  • Melanie Gudmundson, Chief Human Resource Officer, RRC
  • Jess Spindler, Resource and Resolution Officer, RRC

Allyship

Addressing overt discrimination or microaggression

Transforming the post-secondary landscape

Resources

Red River College and Anti-Racism