“Racial justice means more than simple notions of equality and changing an individuals’ actions. Racial justice means acknowledging, identifying and dismantling systemic barriers, institutionalized and cultural practices; and organizational policies that continue to oppress and deny Indigenous and people of colour from the same rights, privileges and opportunities available to the dominant white class”. unifor.org
Back in June we declared that the River Bookshop was going to curate titles and speakers that would hopefully educate and inspire our readers to fight for racial change. That we would bring in authors and speakers that would share their stories and thoughts of those with lived experience. We decided to do this because Canada does have racism in our institutions and our society; and shutting one’s eyes to our unconscious biases is not going to make them go away.
On October 7 we launch our Racial Justice series with activist Tiffany Gooch, Principal, Aurora Strategy Group. A Windsor native, Gooch sits on the board of Governors for the university of Windsor, and is a biweekly contributing columnist for the Toronto Star. She is a farsighted leader and champion for diversity and inclusion. In work and life, Gooch lives by the Nelson Mandela quote:
“It always seems impossible until it is done”
Accordingly the title of her presentation is “The Time for Climbing is Over, the Wall Must Come Down’
Date: October 7
Place: Hole in the Wall. Meet in the River Bookshop at 6:30
Occupancy limited to a socially distanced 30 due to Covid
Will also be available on Zoom. Details to follow
Free admission but you must reserve your seat(s) at firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be the first of a series on Racial Justice. Other speakers will follow on November 18 and 30. Full details will be out soon.
We look forward to hosting you
Colleen, Richard, Lori and team
Don't forget to mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
October 1st: Mary Ormsby & Paul Hunter let us in on the behind the scenes sports stories in Canada.
October 7: Tiffany Gooch talks racial justice.
October 8: Phil Roberts teaches us all about hawks and birding.
October 20: Sean Fitz-Gerald, author of Before the Lights Go Out, discusses the future of hockey in Canada.
October 24: 10 year old artist, Max, and his mom, Lisa, from Studio Beulah, will host kids and parents for a discussion on making art and cultivating creativity.
October 28: Green Party leader Mike Schreiner in the first of our climate series of speakers.