The Comox Valley Chapter of BCCIC would like to share part of your day with you while exploring how we can expand our progress in being more inclusive as a community January 25

Anti-Racism Response Training (A.R.T.) 2.5-Hour Workshop

Facilitators: Thanh Tazumi, Naomi L. Wolfe & Sanchit Mittal

This workshop guides participants in shifting from being frozen/silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses during racist encounters. What can I say or do when I hear racist or discriminatory remarks?
What are my response options when I witness discriminatory behaviour?
How can I participate in creating a safer and more inclusive community through becoming an active witness?


Over the past months, racism has become front and center in the news. Many people are expressing outrage regarding both past and present incidents of racism and hate here in BC and beyond. And while we know that victims of racism can be traumatized by the inaction of bystanders, most people freeze up when they witness incidents of racism, often due to a lack of skills.

The ANTI-RACISM RESPONSE TRAINING Program (A.R.T.), developed by Dr. Ishu Ishiyama – and recently adapted and enhanced by your facilitators – uses a witness-centered approach to disrupting racism. This training is designed to encourage participants to shift from being frozen or silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses. In doing so, we can disrupt racism and build a safer and more inclusive community.

Key Takeaways:

Consider the impacts of being a passive bystander vs. active witness
Gain greater understanding of the harmful impacts of racist encounters
Review four levels of witnessing
Explore four key categories of active witnessing
Learn and practice a wide range of anti-racism responses and share some of your own

Virtual Workshop

This virtual workshop is highly interactive and involves experiential activities to develop and strengthen active witnessing skills. Over Zoom, we use a combination of chat box, slides, polls, video clips, scenarios, breakout room discussions and practice sessions, stories and readings, and whole group learning. Please come prepared for full engagement in the workshop by connecting via PC with video and microphone.

Please watch for Zoom link and important handouts 2 or 3 days before workshop.

Jerry Mundi

BC Council for International Cooperation