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Keynote Guide

Dr. Bettina Love | We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom

Dr. Love’s talk discussed the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants learned the concept and importance of culturally responsive and sustaining teaching and learning practices in the classroom. 
  2. Participants examined the impact of America's racism on Black children and Black families. 
  3. Participants engaged with the ideas of abolitionist teaching to foster social justice classrooms and schools.

Reading List




Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Curated Links & Resources

HairStory: ROOTED
To educate, advocate, and collaborate to build a safe community where Black children and youth have the opportunity to thrive.
HairStory Documentary

Black Outreach Leadership Directive (BOLD)
BOLD is a province-wide educational initiative seeking to increase the representation of Black Ontario high school students attending Post- Secondary. We aim to provide an online platform where Black high school students can receive information on scholarships, volunteer, and mentorship opportunities.

Indigenous Network Circle
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Educational Opportunities

QuARMS | Queen's University
Queen’s recognizes that Indigenous peoples and Black Canadians have been historically underrepresented in the medical profession, and that standard medical admissions practices have imposed barriers to these groups. With this new approach to the QuARMS pathway, we are hoping to reach individuals who may not have considered Queen’s or the medical profession otherwise. Our faculty aims to become a leader in Canada in cultural safety, anti-racism, anti-colonialism, and anti-oppression in health professions education. There is a large body of work to be done and this is one important step toward making a Queen’s health professions education more accessible.

empowers K-12 schools, private and public sector organizations to cultivate environments which encourage equity, inclusion and diversity. Their interactive education programs are designed to support the development of critical thinking skills by facilitating a transformational dialogue around discrimination, social justice and human rights issues. unlearn resources and workshops explore the mechanisms that can be used to overcome unconscious biases, by interrupting stereotypes and challenging societal norms that marginalize others.