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Muscle Memory: Countering Anti-Black Racism in Youth Social Services

Start Date:11/11/2020

Start Time:1:00 PM EST

Duration:60 minutes


As with the Covid-19 pandemic, we do not have an immediate cure at hand for the pandemic of anti-Black Racism. For over three decades, Canadians have been stuck in a phase 1 “clinical trial” attempting to address systemic racism, with the data reflecting little statistical change for the betterment of Black Canadians. The legacy of anti-Black racism lies in the current social, economic, and political marginalization of Canadians of African descent. It is experienced as a lack of opportunity, poor health and mental health outcomes, poor education outcomes, higher rates of precarious employment and unemployment, significant poverty, and overrepresentation in the criminal justice, mental health, and child welfare systems. These realities have become politicized, tokenized, and manipulated have caused an increase of cognitive dissonance when it comes to addressing anti-Black racism. So how do we comb through the weeds?

In this webinar, Jade Byward Peek will review data and research, and engage in storytelling to present solutions discussed by young black voices as part of a consultation conducted by Wisdom2Action and Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute with Black youth earlier this year. Peek will consider how to build muscle memory around anti-Black racism and identify key areas of growth for social services that everyone can participate in.

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Jade Byard Peek

Taliaq, lnu’wi’tm! Teluisit. Jade aqq K’jipuktuk tle’iawi. Antaguejgwej aqq lnu’k tle’iawit. Jade is a 25-year-old trans African Nova Scotian and L’nu curator, educator and community advocate originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently working as the Director of Advocacy and Community Care at Kind Space and is an Associate Consultant for Wisdom2Action. Since studying for a BA in Art History at NSCAD University, Jade has presented seminars or addresses at many conferences and universities including Saint Mary’s, Carleton, and Western; focusing on African Nova Scotian and Indigenous methodologies and epistemologies and intersectional praxis. Jade’s work has spanned across educational spaces and sectors, and includes developing a standard with the Canadian Standard Association for the psychological health and safety of post-secondary students, and leading and co-authoring the development of a 64-page tool-kit for combating anti-Black racism for student unions during her tenure as Deputy Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students. Jade strives to create a gentle, but rigorous point of entry to anti-oppression, intersectional research and pathways to solutions through workshops, seminars, hubs or curatorial endeavors such as Black Lit; Trans-Fest, We are the Griots, and BIPOC BUS.