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Parents - you have the power to be your child’s most effective advocate and this session shows you how. We invite you to join us for this panel discussion as we explore ways of strategically communicating about race and racism in schools, while supporting your child's well being and success.

In this session we will examine:

  • How you can navigate challenging conversations around race with school personnel;

  • How you can respond when conversations with your child(ren) suggest they’re facing racism at school;

  • How to speak to your child(ren) to help them build resilience and increase their success and safety at school.


The panel will feature the voices of Richard Sharpe, Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, Navjot Kaur, and Patricia Harewood.

This session will take place in a webinar format and is intended for parents and guardians of racialized students. Organizations supporting racialized families are also welcome to attend.

This webinar will be delivered via Zoom video conferencing. Attendees will be emailed the link to the Zoom meeting several hours before the start of the webinar in order to maintain a secure online space. This email will be sent to the address you registered with when you purchased your ticket through Eventbrite. If you have accessibility needs, please contact us directly.

Register herebit.ly/P4Drace






Richard Sharpe

Richard has worked within the Federal Public Service for over 24 years. He is the Director of Equity, Anti-racism, Diversity and Inclusion leading the Anti-Discrimination Secretariat at the Department of Justice Canada. Over the years, his work involved leading initiatives in support of the Government of Canada commitments to the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.

Richard is one of the founders of the Federal Black Employee Caucus (FBEC) that has been working with federal public service and union leadership to address antiblack racism in the federal public service. He has held local, regional and national union positions with the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Canadian Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) and the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL).

Richard's work regionally, nationally and within the federal public service is intended to improve the condition of Black and African diaspora communities in Canada. Over the last few years, Richard has been a speaker on addressing systemic racism, anti-black racism and providing insight on how to be an ally within the Black Lives Matter movement.


Navjot Kaur

Navjot is the trailblazer behind Saffron Press - a socially conscious, small independent press, creating stories to inspire little citizens of change. She has been advocating for greater equity and representation in children's literature for the last 11 years, through her books and professional sessions with school districts and undergraduate students.


Navjot is an antibias/antiracist educator at her core, publisher and author of three titles, with her first - A Lion's Mane - winning an Honor Books Award for Multicultural and International Awareness. Navjot currently resides in Whitby, Ontario.

You can connect with Navjot on her website SaffronPress.com, on Twitter and Instagram @saffronpress.


Nicholas Ng-A-Fook

Dr. Nicholas Ng-A-Fook is a Full Professor and Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies. He is the former Director of the Teacher Education and Indigenous Teacher Education Programs at the Faculty of Education. He is actively engaged in addressing the 94 Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, in partnership with local Indigenous and school board communities. His teaching and research are situated within the wider international field of curriculum studies and life writing research.

Dr. Ng-A-Fook is currently part of several federally funded SSHRC partnership grants that seek to disrupt settler colonialism, systemic racisms, and inequities across the school and university curriculum. He is interested in collaborating with graduate students who are committed as Indigenous and non-Indigenous citizens toward challenging ongoing systemic inequities.

He created the FooknConversation podcast to address these challenges with colleagues, community activists, artists, educational leaders, teachers, and politicians.

Patricia Harewood

Patricia is a proud mother of seven-year old twins who attend Trille des Bois in the French public school board (CEPEO). She is also a labour lawyer and an avid community volunteer as co-host of Black on Black on CHUO 89.1FM - one of the longest running public affairs programs serving Black communities in the Ottawa-Gatineau region and the diaspora.

Patricia volunteers as a Board member of the City for All Women Initiative and was one of the inaugural Board members of the Match International Women's Fund, now the Equality Fund. When she is not playing with her kids or podcasting for her parenting snapcast, Planet Zees, she enjoys cycling and a good book.

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