Our workshops are interactive and discussion based. Our goal is to set you up with a foundation, and give you a toolkit to start having important conversations and create real change. It is okay to feel uncomfortable and not know the answers! We are here to help you get started.
1. Set up a consultation
We will set up a 30 minute introductory conversation, so we can get an idea of your needs and what you would like to get out of the process. From this, we can narrow down which trainings will work best for you, and in what format.
2. Review and confirmation
We will send you an overview of what we discussed, with all the information laid out – workshops, dates, quote, etc. You can confirm or make changes, until we have an action plan that best suits your needs.
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3. Workshop day
We will see you and your team, either virtually or in-person. We look forward to working with you!
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Racism goes hand in hand with power and privilege. It is important to understand our own sources of power and privilege, and how they are at play in every interaction we have. In this workshop we dive into these identities, and how they go deeper than gender and race.
- Review the differences between race, ethnicity and culture, and where the concept of whiteness came from, all of which work together to create power structures.
- Learn about intersectionality, and how all of our identities shape our experiences.
- Define microaggressions, and develop tools not only to recognize when they happen, but also to interrupt them.
- Understand how your own power and privilege impacts the spaces you are in, and how to shift your behaviour to be a more effective ally.
- Embrace the awkward – leave with more courage to reflect on your own identities, and begin to have conversations about them.
Anti-black racism &
This workshop has a specific focus on unlearning anti-Black racism. Canada has a clear history of denying racism and many of us weren’t taught much, if any, Black Canadian History in school.
In this workshop we give a brief overview of that history, since it is so relevant to systems of anti-Black racism still at play today.
We also explore the concepts of code-switching, cultural appropriation, microaggressions, as well as talk about the intersections of Blackness and queer, disabled and Indigenous identities.
- Learn specific history around Canada and anti-Black racism.
- Understand the impact that the past year and Covid-19 has had on Black communities specifically.
- Discuss structural, systemic and institutional racism, as well as everyday racism.
- Learn to differentiate between performative and effective allyship.
- Embrace the awkward – leave with the tools to start examining your own identities, and begin to have more direct and meaningful conversations about the topics covered.
Disability & accessibility
The conversation around disability is often overlooked when we are speaking about diversity. Yet one of 5 Canadians have one or more disabilities, and anyone can become disabled during their lifetime.
This workshop goes over how disability impacts people in real, tangible ways every day, and normalizes something that we and/or the people all around us live with.
- Learn about the spectrum of disabilities, to understand the full spectrum of disabilities
- Gain an understanding of what ableism is, including common ableist words, expressions, and actions, and then some tips on how to start shifting your language.
- Get an introduction to making your events and social media more accessible.
- Start the conversation around effective allyship, how you can spot ableism and speak up against it, and embrace the fear of making mistakes that often prevent us from action.
- Embrace the awkward – walk away feeling more confident to speak about disability in the workplace and in your personal lives.
Gender , sexuality &
This workshop was designed to help foster a more welcoming and inclusive space for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
We discuss LGBT2SQIA+(lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual) identities, as well as pronouns, and the difference between gender and sexuality.
We have been running this workshop for years, and are experienced in creating a shame free space to share knowledge and build skills.
- Increase your awareness of sexual and gender identities and how they intersect with other categories of identity.
- Review outdated or offensive language, and learn appropriate alternatives.
- Be able to start questioning and challenging micro-aggressions and overt acts of homophobia, transphobia and/or hetero-sexism.
- Gain a better understanding of how to be more inclusive towards people of any genders and sexuality in your personal and professional life.
- Embrace the awkward – we share knowledge and answer questions so that participants leave feeling validated and heard, and encouraged to continue asking questions.
There is a growing movement to better understand decolonization and reconciliation, and both individuals and organizations are making efforts to reflect on their own relationships with Indigenous peoples.
This workshop places the narrative in both historical and contemporary context, goes over important concepts and definitions, and helps to unpack some of our own personal biases.
- Develop an appreciation for land acknowledgements – why we do them, and key factors to remember when giving one.
- Define settler colonialism, reconciliation, savior complex and review the key components of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
- Explore pivotal moments in Indigenous history, which have ramifications in current systems of oppression.
- Reflect on your own internalized beliefs, and how they feed into the greater narrative.
- Embrace the awkward – examining our own beliefs about a marginalized group can be deeply uncomfortable, but is a critical step towards decolonization.
Empathy, identity &
We initially created this training for the Human Data Commons Foundation’s Annual ParTecK Gathering. The participants (and ourselves) loved the workshop so much that we decided to add it to our offerings.
This workshop starts by breaking down types of power and privilege, and then moves into an exercise to uncover our identity layers, and how power and privilege come into play. We differentiate between sympathy and empathy, and why empathy is key to allyship.
The core of this workshop will be focused on examining how to apologize and take accountability when mistakes are made (because they will be). By running through scenarios and practicing these skills, we develop muscle memory to use them when they are needed.
- Reflect on aspects of your own identity, and where you hold power and privilege.
- Examine how empathy is an important skill, but also situational, and isn’t required in all situations.
- Gain an understanding of what the body goes through when we realize we have made a mistake, how to process it and move forward in a productive way.
- Learn the parts of a good apology, and what meaningful accountability looks like.
- Embrace the awkward – this work is the deep work of getting comfortable being uncomfortable, but it is a foundational skill that allows teams to move beyond performative allyship.