There is growing evidence that Indigenous and Racialized individuals experience racial trauma at work due to the continuous and collective impact of systemic racism, microaggression, and discrimination. Racial trauma has a significant impact on physical health, mental health and mental wellbeing. People spend much of their time in their workplace and thus deserve a safe space, irrespective of race or ethnicity.

The City of Calgary has approximately 15000 employees from diverse backgrounds and recognizes the challenges that Indigenous and Racialized people face at work. As part of The City’s commitment and journey to become an anti-racist organization, there have been actions taken to ensure anti-racism safe spaces for Indigenous and Racialized employees. The goal of the presenters is to share some of the Anti-Racism actions The City (as a municipal government) has undertaken and is undertaking to remove all forms of systemic racism for Indigenous and Racialized employees.
Meet your Speaker

Linda Kongnetiman-Pansa (PhD) is the City of Calgary’s Anti-Racism Program Manager. Linda worked for 20 years in healthcare and is an Adjunct Professor at the university. She is a committed social justice, anti-racist practitioner, preparing professionals for working in global context and integrating research into practice and advancing anti-racist practice.

Abisola Oyasiji (PhD) is a Research Social Planner in the Anti-Racism Program at The City of Calgary. Abisola is passionate about addressing complex social issues. She is a co-author of a resource toolkit designed to empower youth to address interpersonal and systemic racism.

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Tansi — Cree | Oki — Blackfoot | ​Aba washded — Stoney (Nakota) | ​Ɂedlanet’e — Dene |  We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands and territories of Indigenous people in Alberta. We want to recognize the significance of our relationships with the land and the peoples who call this ‘home.’ We commit to a reciprocal relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews that honour and respect ways of knowing and being.