Anti-Oppression Education Program

Yahlnaaw the Anti-Oppression Program Lead

The program lead, Yahlnaaw, identifies as a Skidegate Haida, queer, transgender woman. Yahlnaaw is wearing her button blanket with two Ravens, a moon, and a cedar woven hat to her graduation ceremony on Lheidli T'enneh Territory.

Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) collaborates with the entire UVic community to combat oppression. UVic’s Anti-oppression Education Program addresses the intersectional societal and systemic attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate oppression.

Education and creating change is a shared responsibility; anti-oppression work should not be done solely by those who have encountered systemic barriers through their lifetime. We must commit to this work. UVic’s Anti-oppression Education Program calls on all UVic community members to engage in anti-oppression action-based frameworks. Start now.

EQHR Anti-oppression training is titled Kil KaahlGaalangdal – “Hear Someone’s Voice Before You See Them”: Anti-Oppression Key Principles, Knowledges, and Equity-Focused Action-Based Frameworks. It is available online on a regular basis for faculty, staff and students. Sign up through the Learning Central events calendar.


If you would like to register your group or unit independently, please contact:

Indigenous Rights and Anti-Racism Officer

Recommended Actions

The Equity Action Plan acknowledges present barriers to equity on campus and provides targeted actions—with accountability to leaders in the work—to meet our commitments to meet our equity and belonging goals on campus for all marginalized communities. Consider reviewing the reflection and action guides tailored for UVic students, employees, educators, researchers and campus leaders to get ideas on how you can support our shared goals.

The Office of Student Life (OSL) offers to students an Anti-Racism Grant to address racism and engage anti-racism strategies. You can apply for the grant or find more information at OSL Grants.

The Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation Office (LTSI) offers an Anti-Racism Initiative Grant to engage faculty and staff to embed anti-racist practices in teaching and learning with a focus to improve the student experience. 

Review UVic Libraries' guide on Anti-racism and Anti-oppression to access more learning resources.