Calls to action

There are five Calls to Action, asking us all to: Listen, Reflect, Dialogue, Engage, and show Solidarity. Each "call" includes curated ideas on what you can read, watch, and do to address discrimination, harassment, and sexualized violence on campus.

We do not claim the links provided are exhaustive or complete. You might not agree with all of them or think there are better or more relevant examples. If you have materials that you would like to share with us for the next 5 Days of Action, please send them to .

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Monday: 5 Days of Listening

Read

UVic is situated in a settler colonial nation. Learn more about colonization and the imperative to decolonize through this article

Watch

Learn about colonialism and colonial violence, and how we can equip each other to combat it with compassion through a TED Talk at University of Alberta. Quetzala Carson on the Pedagogy of the Decolonizing.

Do

Share on social media or within your community that there is a gender-based and domestic violence BIPOC Support Group that meets online on the 1st Wednesday of the month from now until January 5, 2022.

Commit

Listen and learn how to do a territory acknowledgement in a meaningful way. Commit to acknowledging the territories UVic stands on at your upcoming meetings. Consider learning about all the Indigenous territories on which you have had the privilege of living, learning, and playing over the course of your life. Conduct research to learn the location of the closest Residential School and “Indian” hospital to where you live now; consider the impact of these institutions on Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Commit to thinking through some of these questions on decolonization and learn more here.

Tuesday: 5 Days of Reflecting

Read

Review the UVic visual storytelling project led by PhD Student Matty Cervantes relating to the Global Pax Collective to bring awareness to climate justice, climate action, environmental rights, human rights and social change. This is in partnership with the Human Rights and Education Volunteers to promote multiculturalism and inclusivity on campus. Listen to the accompanying podcast

Watch

Watch this video that unpacks what systemic racism is and how we can dismantle it.

Do you know that we all have conscious and implicit biases that can result in taken–for-granted assumptions and beliefs about other people regardless of intention? Watch this video to learn about how the danger of single stories can impact our ability to connect with and humanize one another.

Do

Consider doing some reflective writing about how privilege and intersectionality impacts where you are located socially and how your location affects your opportunities and experiences. Then reflect on how you can understand and learn about others’ intersectional identities and social locations in an effort to build awareness and understanding.

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is supporting this week’s event by offering FREE admission to the gallery on Tuesday, November 16th between 10am - 5pm for all event attendees. When you arrive please check in at the front desk and let them know you are part of UVic's 5 Days of Action event.

Commit

Reflect on the words you use. Words are powerful tools that help us convey meaning and connect. Nothing may be more personal than the words people use to refer to us through our names and pronouns. Commit to using correct pronouns and being respectful by putting your correct pronouns in your email signature, name tags, etc.; ask speakers for their pronouns when preparing conference materials, bios, and introductions; and make corrections when needed because we are a learning community.

Wednesday: 5 Days of Dialogue

Read

Read about and engage in respectful dialogue on the history of anti-Semitism in Canada, recognizing that as of 2017, anti-Semitism has been on the rise

Discover the stories around resiliency – making it through turbulent times when faced with adversity in social oppression and marginalization – from the published work of UVic’s on the Verge 2021 contest winners.

Watch

Is religious literacy essential to diversity? Consider one professor’s approach to increasing religious literacy and teaching understanding by watching this video. Professor Dr. Ingrid Mattson discusses Islamophobia from a Canadian Muslim perspective.

Do

Add religious observances to your digital calendar as a way to learn about and respect religious diversity.

The Interfaith calendar also has a comprehensive calendar of holidays as well.

Explore the Colour Theory: An Anti-racism Art Exhibit in the A. Wilfrid Johns Gallery on campus from November 15-28, 2021. The exhibit developed out of a series of facilitated discussions that explore experiences of racism.

Commit

Review the list of ableist terms/phrases and replace them with the listed suggested alternatives into your day-to-day communications.

Commit to standing up against religious intolerance by modelling tolerance and support in your own actions and words. Reflect on your knowledge about different faiths and take time to learn about observances and important dates as they come up through the year.

Thursday: 5 Days of Engaging

Read

Social transformation is possible, and it takes fewer people than you might think! Read about a good news story that shows being engaged can create social change.

Read the Racism in Greater Victoria: A Community Report. Did you know that 71% of people in Greater Victoria who identify as Indigenous, Black, Asian or a Person of Colour have personally experienced racism in the last five years? To learn more about the report and what these findings mean in the context of UVic, attend Florentien Verhage's presentation at 10am via Zoom.

Watch

Decolonization is for everyone” is a TEDxSFU Talk by Nikki Sanchez. Nikki reviews what colonization looks like and steps we can all take together to decolonize our everyday practices.

This video provides information on the basics of the bystander effect, while this one creatively (and humorously) role plays what this might look like on public transit.

Do

Reflect on the questions in the Equity Homework Guide offered through the ICA’s Tools for Equity Program to assess your organization’s readiness to make a culture shift encompassing racial equity.

Commit

Engage your friends and colleagues in a gender inclusive language challenge: download the “No Big Deal” campaign and post it around your unit, department, and office.

Regardless of whether you feel discrimination, harassment, and sexualized violence impacts you personally, commit to ending these forms of oppression. Start by considering the seemingly innocuous attitudes and beliefs you hold that can be interpreted as sexist, transphobic, homophonic, racist, and abelist. Avoid discriminatory terms, jokes, and off-hand remarks. Consider the impact they have on those who have historically been at the receiving end of those attitudes and beliefs.

Friday: 5 Days of Solidarity

Read

Read Challenging Racist “British Columbia”: 150 Years and Counting published in 2021 to learn more about the BC’s current relationship to racism at a time when Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and other Indigenous peoples are challenging dispossession and environmental racism; the Black Lives Matter movement is demanding foundational change; Japanese Canadians are seeking BC restitution for the attempted ethnic cleansing of the province; and the fight against racisms associated with COVID-19 is broadening in response to systemic racism.

Watch

Watch this video explaining intersectionality. Acknowledging difference and bringing an intersectional lens into your actions and work can be a powerful way to advance solidarity. 

Watch this short video on developing a shared practice for disrupting bias in your workplace.

Do

Be an ally. Use this Guide to Allyship for more concrete examples and step on ways to becoming a more thoughtful and effective ally.

Sign up for the Anti-racism Education Program offered through the Equity and Human Rights Office to receive training on the roots of racism, how to intervene and respond, and how drive systemic anti-racist change in your community. If you would like an immediate quick course on anti-racism, Dr. Georgia Sitara has recorded an anti-racist training workshop for viewing.

Commit

Today look forward and plan what you will do over the next 365 days to support and show solidarity for those different from yourself.   Go to the UVic Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression guide to find more information, curated links to books, articles, films, videos and other multimedia resources that are available via the library. Commit to reading/watching one new resource a semester to continue your learning and commitment to social justice. 

Review this list created to commit to action around ending racism in the UVic community and identify one action that you can commit to.