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    Diverse and inclusive workplaces are recognized as key to the well-being of employees. Diversity and equity lead to better performance, drive innovation, and attract top talent. Creating an inclusive workplace, however, is a journey with many obstacles. In this workshop, participants explore different kinds of diversity in the workplace, and both discover their unconscious biases as well as strategies to confront them.

    This workshop offers an overview of Human Rights principles and encourages participants to engage critically with how the concepts of equity, justice, and freedom reveal themselves in the workplace. Participants will become familiar with the main Human Rights documents and their application to real-life workplace situations. Equipped with this knowledge, staff are better able to take appropriate action when facing Human Rights dilemmas (e.g., freedom of speech vs. hate speech) and promoting cultural safety.

    Fostering workplace inclusiveness for people of all abilities is a shared responsibility. Both leaders and co-workers can model inclusive language and behaviour to empower each other and build dynamic teams. This workshop unpacks the notion of difference and helps staff to develop tools necessary to challenge ableism. The workshop includes activities to design assessible workplaces and inclusive workplace culture and reviews employment legislation related to differing ability.

    This workshop will explore various ways non-profit organizations can gain resources through networking and writing grants. Participants will learn the skills needed to research, write, and administer grants. We will also explore how networking can be used to gain access to community resources.

    This workshop helps participants work through the tough process of being a conscientious consumer and how to consider the impact of production on other people, animals, and the environment. This workshop breaks down different questions to ask while deciding on a purchase, it explores how our consumption habits are shaped by globalization and capitalism, and introduces several alternatives to mainstream consumption habits, giving participants different options for more sustainable consumption habits.

    This workshop will explore the process of developing educational content for human rights. Participants will learn how to focus on a theme and the formula for developing relevant, anti-oppressive, and engaging content for audiences of all ages. Participants will also learn how to evaluate and reflect on their content and improve it for the future. Special considerations will be given to individual learning styles, presenters with lived experience, and making space for emotionally charged discussions.

    In this workshop, teachers will learn about the fundamentals of anti-oppression work and its compatibility with current pedagogical approaches. They will be equipped with an understanding of what may inhibit a marginalized student’s success and positive experience, from the syllabus to the classroom setup. Teachers will be empowered to create safer spaces for student learning and encouraged to reflect on how their own identity and experiences impact learners.

    This workshop is designed to explore and review principles of inclusion in the classroom. Teachers will begin with an overview of current and inclusive terminology and are encouraged to discuss the importance of language. Teachers will then explore the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Canada’s subsequent obligations as a member state. Teachers will also review the social and medical model of disability and then explore the role of mental health in Manitoba schools. This workshop will conclude with tips for allyship and how to avoid ableism in the classroom.

    This workshop describes various types of racism and how they manifest in our society. The workshop is interactive and looks at our comfort level when discussing racism, the power dynamics when addressing racism and what to do when you encounter racism. Case studies are used to discuss how racism can permeate into schools and classrooms. Teachers will explore the impact of microaggressions and how to address them.


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