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

Participate in the Virtual Engagement hosted by UVic's new President Dr. Kevin Hall.

Call to Action: Listening to others is an important way to acknowledge differing perspectives and viewpoints. Rather than arguing for your personal position on a matter, listen intently to what others have to say to understand the merits of other ways of thinking, being, and knowing.

Read

Do you know that cultural safety is a practice that addresses systemic barriers experienced by to Indigenous Peoples by beginning to explore the relationships between colonial history and its impact on health and well-being? Read and consider practicing these 5 principles of cultural safety to do your part in practicing cultural safety by practicing humility, sharing power, demonstrating reciprocity and ensuring equity for all.

Watch

Be inspired to end discrimination, harassment, and sexualized violence by listening to Indigenous drumming and other forms of Indigenous music. For example, watch this fearless and powerful music video by Inuit artist Tanya Tagaq and a moving documentary featuring A Tribe Called Red.

Do

Consider standing with Indigenous women and families to end violence by getting involved with No More Stolen Sisters.

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.

Tuesday: 5 Days of Reflecting

Participate in the Virtual Engagement hosted by UVic's new President Dr. Kevin Hall.

Call to Action: Critically reflecting on how your values and beliefs inform the narratives you hold about other people, your relationship with “others”, and the choices you make around exclusion and inclusion. Consider where the stories you tell yourself come from, and reflect on how they can be challenged.

Read

Do you know what systemic racism is? Read this article that explains the difference between individual acts of racism versus racism that is embedded in the very way society operates. Reflect on how the systems you live within may also perpetuate systems of inequity.

You can also check out this short post on decolonizing EDI work which encourages us to consider going beyond the “business case” for EDI and re-thinking how this work can be done from an equity-centred design approach.

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.

Commit

Be self-reflective and challenge some of your single stories, Commit to being more inclusive, in terms of your peer-groups, club memberships, sports teams, board membership, and staff composition. Commit to reducing barriers to inclusion in all of these areas.

Wednesday: 5 Days of Dialogue

Participate in the Virtual Engagement hosted by UVic's new President Dr. Kevin Hall.

Call to Action: Dialogue is one of the most effective vehicles for sharing stories, building a common language of understanding, and removing barriers to equity and inclusion. Engage in a courageous conversation with someone at UVic this week, and begin the task of questioning ways of thinking, speaking, and relating that you may have taken for granted.

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

Learn about ways in which you can support yourself and colleagues at UVic to improve their cultural competencies.

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.

Commit

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

Participate in the Virtual Engagement hosted by UVic's new President Dr. Kevin Hall.

Call to Action: Actively engage in making UVic a diverse, welcoming and inclusive place to study, work and live. Engage in activities and events that promote diversity and inclusion on campus. In particular, focus on activities that actively work to address and reduce the harms associated with various forms of oppression including sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, ableism, and xenophobia.

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.

Watch

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

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.

Commit

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

Participate in the Virtual Engagement hosted by UVic's new President Dr. Kevin Hall.

Call to Action: Solidarity involves addressing systemic forms of racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, religion intolerance, alongside other forms of oppression, together. Solidarity is not a one-time show of support, but a 365 days of the year commitment. Commit to being part of the change we want to see on campus.

Read

Read Cultivating growth and solidarity: An anti-racism zine for Asian youth, a zine that was created in response to the particular time and place we are in, with the COVID-19 pandemic and related anti-Asian racism, Black Lives Matter uprisings, and Indigenous land and water defenders asserting their rights and sovereignty. Enjoy reflecting and learning from the wisdom and experiences shared within this resource.

Watch

Watch a story about a recent study showing that in 9 out of 10 conflicts caught on CTV footage in different countries, bystanders stepped up to play a role in addressing the conflict.

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.

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.