Cultivating Racial Literacy, cultural consciousness and allyship

Developing racial literacy and cultural consciousness, building allies, and contributing to social change are necessary for creating equitable and inclusive environments. These are powerful tools for navigating the complexities of systemic racism in Canada which is home to many immigrant settlers, newcomers, refugees, asylum seekers, and migrant workers.

Investing in the development of racial literacy and cultural consciousness involves being aware and respectful of the diverse cultural backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of Canadian society and requires a willingness to listen, learn, and engage in meaningful dialogue that promotes empathy, understanding, and inclusivity.

Allyship is a lifelong process of building and nurturing supportive relationships with underrepresented, marginalized, or discriminated individuals or groups with the aim of advancing inclusion. It entails actively supporting and advocating for individuals who have experienced trauma, amplifying their voices, and working in solidarity with one another to create an inclusive and progressive environment.

CCNC-SJ believes that challenging racist systems, ideologies, and stereotypes, acknowledging indigenous rights and history, and investing in equity, diversity, and inclusion work to develop racial literacy and cultural consciousness through holistic learning, equips and empower Asian Canadians with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and defy racism and become informed allies to those outside of their community.

Belonging, Identity, & Racial Literacy

community Informed Workshops

In partnership with the CENTRE FOR IMMIGRANT AND COMMUNITY SERVICES (CICS) and created in collaboration with educator, Sara Leung, we worked to support settlement workers and educators to create safer spaces for dialogue, facilitate anti-racism education, diversity and inclusion training, and foster informed allyship.

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Educator’s Tools & Resources

This learning series covers racism against Indigenous, Black, and Asian peoples living in Canada and was created to help build capacity for members of our communities in education and includes videos, posters, and resources to support student learning (Grades 4 and up) with a facilitator’s guide for adults, educators, and parents.

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Founded in 1968, the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) is a not-for-profit organization and a registered charity that provides core settlement and integration services at eight locations across Toronto and York Region, serving more than 20,000 clients every year from early years children to seniors. CICS offers a full range of community services including employment, language training and settlement services, as well as community garden and food programs. CICS is also committed to building welcoming and inclusive communities by being a strong advocate for social justice and anti-racism. 

Sara Leung (she/her) is second generation cisgender Chinese woman from Toronto. She is an experienced educator currently working as an equity consultant for the York Region District School Board. Sara has a Master’s degree in Leadership, Policy and Change in Equity and Inclusive Education from the University of Toronto. She is also the Vice President of the Asian Canadian Educators Network (ACENet), a not-for-profit organization that is focused on advocating for educational issues and concerns related to Asian Canadians.

JACLYN WONG (she/her) is a racialized settler and public school teacher. Most recently, she was one of the program managers of the “Live Well, Take Action: Ambassador Program for East Asian Youth” at 11 high schools across York Region. This after-school initiative encouraged students to explore their social positions and its connections to well-being, activism and community. For the past decade, she has facilitated workshops for youth, educators, and community members, focusing on topics that challenge the status quo and re-center marginalized voices. Jaclyn has also been involved in research projects, grassroots initiatives, and panel discussions. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree with particular interests in anti-oppressive education, activism and well-being.

Supported by the Government of Canada.

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