Racial Justice, a fight for all

Systemic change towards Racial Justice in policy, practice and culture has always been an uphill battle that youth have persevered at. Disrupting systems requires resources, networks and community support, which all youth are not always afforded equal access to. Tangible change is difficult when stakeholders are absent or the last to hear about the need for change.

 Through the YCoP, we aim to cultivate a community made up of youth, allies and accomplices that is not reactive but proactive, working alongside each other to authentically collaborate in intersectional movements for Racial Justice.

You don’t need to be a “youth activist” or “experienced ally” to join, all lived experiences are welcome. The essence of the community is allowing each other to grow so we can collectively grow together.

We aim to model the principle of “What you do for us, without us, is not for us.” Youth are the leaders of this space. Like any community, they know their issues, goals and solutions best, and cannot be represented by a select few. All the youth joining the YCoP will have the power to build our collective agenda.

We are a Community of Practice, building on The Inclusion Project’s decentralized and decolonized kinship model, Omo-Ebi. Adopted from the Yoruba tribe in Western Nigeria, Omo-Ebi denotes a familial context for shared experiences and meaning-making in life through the experiences of others.

  • What will we do together?

    (Un) Learn through community-based knowledge

    Share grants, jobs and opportunities

    Engage in anti-oppression & intersectional workshops

    Build trust-based relationships and idea co-creation

  • How we will be led?

    By youth duh! The plans for the YCoP have not been fully planned out, so youth joining can shape the agenda by suggesting facilitators, training and topics or by hosting themselves!

  • How can youth be supported to join?

    Honorariums

    Youth hosting an agenda item (workshop, training, panel or more) will be given an honorarium between $100 – $500, based on effort and scope.

  • Do we have an end goal?

    The YCoP will shape if we wish to have a tangible “end goal.” Collectively we will host an Un-conference in Fall 2021 to harvest, amplify the work and create pathways for youth actions but our community will continue to flourish into new seeds.

  • When is the deadline to join?

    The YCoP is open to be joined at any time, however, to engage meaningfully we recommend joining by June 7th, 2021. We are decolonizing and deconstructing the restrictions of time as a community, the invitation to join is always open.

  • What topics will we touch on?

    No topic is off the table! To work towards Racial Justice, we must take an intersectional approach. Including but not limited to: climate justice, decolonization, mental health and more.

Guiding Principles

  • Decolonized and Indigenous Knowledge Construction
  • Dialogue – Driven Research
  • Radical and Innovative Envisioning
  • Decentralized and Distributed Leadership
  • Valued Grounded Expertise and Shared Lived Experience
  • Localized Community Engagement
  • Stability and Sustainability

Community Goals

We will “share space’’ Sharing space enables new opportunities to present themselves and for change making to develop organically. YCoP will nurture greenhouse conditions for transformative practice, in real acknowledgment of people’s different paces and rhythms of processing, learning and unlearning, and offering densely coiled seeds of knowledge that may unfurl over a lifetime.

Fostering action-oriented practices to address key issue areas through Design Justice and implementation of redesigned policies and practices. We will share money, equipment and labor to grow the grounded education of the community.

Develop through sustainable community practices, land-based learning, ancestral knowledge, Indigenous knowledge & collective grounded expertise.

Stimulate learning by serving as a vehicle for authentic communication, collaboration, allyship, and self-reflection.

Capture and diffuse existing knowledge to help people improve their practice by providing a forum to identify solutions to common problems, and a process to collect and evaluate best practices.

Curate aid specific to each youth and their goals in their respective community.

Facilitate intergenerational dialogue and build the youths inter-sectorial connections and networks with key stakeholders.

Capacity building trainings. We want to be able to empower our peers and the next generation to keep on moving forward through with sustainability, stability and knowledge. We will empower them with the vocabulary to name and tools to recognize instances of oppression, injustice, and gaslighting within the youth-serving sector.

Reclaiming power and space. If we want youth to grow with courage, empower and inspire them with boldness, we need to reclaim power and space. This space is for youth, led by youth.

Addressing performative engagements and activism. Although well-meaning, not all youth engagements end with positive impact. When youth are engaging with the allies, accomplishes, and stakeholders we aim to create accountability that relationships are meaningful and impactful.

Building the Roots Team

The envisioning and leadership of the project stemmed directly from our Building
the Roots
youth team. This is a national team of grassroots and top-down youth
leaders building the roots of this project from idea to execution.

Pamphinette (Pam) Buisa, Victoria

Community Engagement Lead

She grew up on Algonquin Anishinaabe territory, also known as Ottawa and Gatineau to parents originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo…

Njamba John Michael Koffi, Vancouver

Knowledge Entrenchment Lead

Koffi is an author, a poet, a musician and a public speaker. At the University of British Columbia, Koffi has worked as a co-representative of African Studies Minor Program and as president of…

Sree Nair, Calgary

Strategy Lead

Sreelakshmi (Sree) is a 25 years old, born in south India and raised in UAE, currently living in Calgary, AB for the past 10 years. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Mount Royal University…

Fatah Awil, Toronto

Development Lead

He is a Program Coordinator for the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. A health systems and policy researcher based in Toronto…

Jessie Lawrence, Newfoundland

Development Lead

They are from the West Coast of Newfoundland. Their work is related to activism and advocacy for the 2SLGBTQ+ community…

Marcus Reid

Youth Empowerment and Solidarity Lead

With Heiltsuk/Nisga’a First Nation roots, Marcus Reid was urban born and raised on unceded territory of the Katzie, Semiahmoo…

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