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With Justice Noon & Jebunnessa Chapolla from the Anti-Racism Network of Saskatoon.
Tuesday, May 4th, 7 pm, Online via Event Brite
Free to everyone in the community
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In partnership with the Anti-Racism Network of Saskatoon, PAVED Arts staff and board invite you to come and participate in a conversation about anti-racism in the arts. 

In this 3-part series, we invite you to share, listen, and question the role of organizations, artists, arts-admin, and boards through the lens of anti-racism. Guiding this process will be our new organizational goals drafted within our “Commitment to Action,” a foundational, yet ever-fluid document that we hope will not only hold PAVED Arts accountable to our commitments, but support our organization as we work towards becoming a more equitable and accessible community space.

PAVED Arts is grateful to be guided in these conversations by facilitators in the Anti-Racism Network of Saskatoon, Justice Noon and Jebunnessa Chapolla.

Part 1 of our Anti-Racism Community Series will be guided by conversations on:
• Recap of Russell McAuley’s “Racism in SK Prairies” Video
• Assessing, critiquing, and restructuring how a Board of Directors communicates and holds regular meetings
• Planning for staff representation to be an accurate reflections of the demographics in the surrounding community
• Planning for BOD representation to be an accurate reflections of the demographics in the surrounding community
• Ensuring that exhibition programming and the juries that select it include diverse voices (gender-balanced and include BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ voices)

Technology Requirements:
Participants will need access to a computer and have a stable wifi connection.

Please take the time to review this video in advance of the first event:
Racism in the SK Prairies by Russell McAuley:

Jebunnessa Chapola is a decolonial social justice activist, transnational cultural performer, community engaged scholar and a PhD candidate at Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She uses academics, community activism, and volunteer work (community garden and radio, transnational cultural activities) to build bridges among newcomers, refugees, settlers and Indigenous communities. Her PhD dissertation is “A Racialized Settler Woman’s Transformative Empowerment Journey in Canada: Building Relational Accountabilities with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Newcomer Settler of Colour Communities in Saskatoon”. Jebunnessa’s PhD research interests include newcomer and Indigenous women’s empowerment, community building, decolonization, anti-racism and responsibilities for Indigenous reconciliation. As a racialized settler woman, she has developed a strong understanding of relational autoethnography and collaborative community empowerment frameworks from her 15 years of working experiences with various Indigenous, cross-cultural communities in Canada, Norway, Sweden, USA, and Bangladesh. She took anti-racist classes with her mentor Dr. Verna St. Denis and Dr. Sheelah McLean at the University of Saskatchewan. She has been working as an anti-racist practitioner and educator from 2015. She is a mother of three children and published many articles and book chapters.

Justice Noon is an Urban Indigenous woman born and raised in Saskatoon. She is currently going to university to pursue a career in STEM and is passionate of social justice, working on projects with Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, Canadian Roots Exchange, CHEP Good Food Inc. and is the latest addition to the F.I.R.E (Feminist Intersectional Radio Education) radio show on CFCR. Outside of her studies and activist work, she is an Indigenous artisan creating many bead works.

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