To address racism, we need to learn new ways that facilitate change within ourselves, others and the systems we influence so that together we can create a sustainable, connected and diverse world.
There is no better time than NOW!
You might feel powerless when you witness or experience racist attitudes or behaviours.
...when systems and policies aid and abet the behaviour through minimization, denials or quick fixes.
Employees can feel so disheartened, disempowered and unsupported when the workplace culture, leadership or system allows these behaviours to exist and continue.
We are excited to share our proven approach to build a culture of belonging and together address racism within ourselves, as bystanders and as a target.
Addressing racism is an essential skill when supporting long-term transformative change in individuals, organizations, and communities. Leave with practical skills and doable actions to facilitate change.
Join us for this online, content-rich three-part video series.
Each recorded video includes a guest speaker sharing relevant case studies and stories pertaining to addressing racism, followed by constructive and feasible steps you can apply in your own context.
Be the change that dismantles racism from the inside out.
This three-part series includes access to recordings, a workbook, follow-up resources and bonus gifts. By the end of the series, you will feel more confident and capable to address racism and facilitate change in your own context.
After you sign up, you will receive your workbook, instructions on how to prepare, and membership site access details. Each of the core training videos is approximately an hour long.
Developed over 30 years, the process you’ll learn will help you in your change process through becoming more confident, prepared and attuned to both the said and the unsaid.
In our families, our workplaces, and our communities, racism can wreak havoc. The skills and stories shared will help you address racism effectively in multiple environments.
Hear personal stories from expert guest speakers who have created transformative and lasting change. You’ll be able to strengthen skills for creating transformative change.
Skills for addressing racism effectively are at the foundation of our proven process to unlock lasting community change. These skills transform people, relationships and systems.
In our first session, you will learn the essential skills for addressing racism within yourself effectively.
This video features our first special guest, Elder Larry Grant from Musqueam First Nations who shares Musqueam teachings about addressing racism.
In addition, you’ll hear from Dr. Michael Quinn Patton who shares how reflective learning practices can address racism within ourselves and the systems we influence to create lasting change.
You will gain practical skills to address racism within yourself and the systems you influence.
Video Length: 1:02:03
In our second session, you will learn how to address racism as a bystander.
The recording features our guest speaker, Dr. Roberta Hunte. She shares her meaningful story about why bystander response is critical in addressing racism effectively. When you apply this learning, you’ll be able to helpfully and constructively intervene as a bystander when witnessing racist incidents.
Video Length: 1:02:36
In our third session, you will learn about the impact of racism and build essential skills for addressing racism as a target.
This presentation is divided into two parts. In the first, you’ll hear again from Dr. Roberta Hunte.
In the second video, our special guest is Kathy Shecapio who shares an important lens, impactful stories, and her own powerful insights.
You will gain fundamental skills to address racism when you are a target and as a leader who can influence your teams, policies and practices.
Video Lengths: 3a - 1:08:04, 3b - 1:01:36
Receive a PDF workbook providing a reflective learning practice and step-by-step guidance to integrate what you learn into your unique context.
Access video and audio recordings of all 3 sessions so you can listen as often as you like to deepen your learning at your own pace. Parts 1 - 3 recordings are available for unlimited streaming.
Receive ongoing access to your recordings and materials on our membership website.
Reflective Learning Practices to Address Racism From the Inside Out
Access three recorded interviews with Justine Hwang and Jessie Sutherland demonstrating reflective learning practices for each skills set: addressing racism within yourself and the systems you influence, addressing racism as a bystander and addressing racism as a target. These reflective practices are detailed in your workbook and are the tools to help you internalize these skills and strategies.
Justine Hwang is a Social Impact Calligrapher who hosts creative workshops for individuals and organizations who value making a positive difference in the world. She loves empowering people with creative confidence and teaching calligraphy as a tool for mindfulness and community building.
With a Bachelor in Communication, she brings 20 years of experience designing and facilitating engaging workshops in the corporate and non-profit world. She also coaches non-profit leaders in how to facilitate workshops that are transformative for participants.
Addressing Racism Within Myself
Access a recorded interview with Anne Hartnell about addressing racism within yourself.
Though now retired, Anne Hartnell worked for many years with Initiatives of Change, Canada, part of an international network that has a long history with promoting effective intercultural and inter-religious bridge building across societal divides while also creating safe spaces where people of different origins, beliefs and religions can have dialogue and undo prejudices.
During their years in Richmond, BC, Anne and her husband lived in a home owned by the charity and hosted many guests from across Canada, from the Pacific Rim countries and from Europe. Anne helped organize conferences, workshops, and meetings all aimed at bringing diverse groups and individuals together. One of her favourite experiences was facilitating a number of Creators of Peace Circles for women in Richmond and in Surrey.
Addressing Racism and Supporting Asian Women's Equality
Access a recorded interview with Grace Balbutin about addressing racism to promote equality for Asian women.
Grace Balbutin is a first-generation Canadian immigrant woman of colour. Her feminist organizing advocacy for women’s equality rights, in intersection with racism, is shaped by more than 20 years of working with immigrant women and seniors in crisis lines, helplines and a transition house.
She is the coordinator of the Asian Women for Equality Society on their projects supporting and empowering criminalized women.
Addressing Systemic Racism in Our Legal System
Access a recorded interview with Constance Backhouse who shares her research about systemic racism in Canada’s legal system.
Professor Constance Backhouse is a member of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. She has published a number of prize-winning books: Petticoats and Prejudice: Women and Law in Nineteenth-Century Canada; Challenging Times: The Women’s Movement in Canada and the United States; Colour-Coded: A Legal History of Racism in Canada, 1900-1950; The Heiress vs the Establishment: Mrs. Campbell’s Campaign for Legal Justice; Carnal Crimes: Sexual Assault Law in Canada, 1900-1975.
Her latest books, Claire L’Heureux-Dubé: A Life, and Two Firsts: Bertha Wilson and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada were released in 2017 and 2019. She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2004 and named to the Order of Canada in 2008.
Building Unity Through Music
Access a recorded interview with Hussein Janmohammed who shares his influential story about experiencing racism in Canada and his life's work on building unity and collaboration across divides through music.
Hussein Janmohamed is a dynamic choral director, composer, and performer who is internationally renowned for his work in intercultural dialogue through music.
He is a doctoral candidate in Music Education with Master degrees in opera production and choral conducting from UBC. Hussein’s work is inspired by the power of choral music in his own life to heal the negative effects of racism and exclusion. His work builds on the principles of unity in diversity through spiritual connection that he brings to professional, community, educational, and faith-based settings. He has led UBC Choirs, global intercultural ensembles, Muslim youth choirs, and Cor Flammae, Canada’s first SATB professional Queer Choir.
Hussein is co-founder of The Awaaz Ensemble, a professional group of diverse vocalists who create new collaborative and improvised intercultural choral music. Hussein is also a TEDx speaker, recognized for his inspirational leadership and innovation bringing diverse peoples together through music regardless of background or musical experience.
(3 Months of Access)
In addition to the training program, you’ll be invited to three months of LIVE access to our monthly Community of Practice group calls to connect with others who have taken our courses to learn from and with each other. It’s a place you can ask questions, as well as share success stories and challenges.
On each 60-minute group call, you’ll gain:
An international speaker, trainer, and consultant, Jessie Sutherland works with organizations and communities to engage diversity, build belonging and ignite intercultural collaboration.
Recipient of BC Community Achievement Award (2023), her approach creates sustainable community change that effectively addresses complex social problems.
Jessie’s work has been delivered in over eight languages and has taken her across Canada and around the world to support communities in their efforts to address challenging issues including workplace inclusion, poverty, homelessness, the overdose crisis, elder abuse, reconciliation, youth engagement and more. Many of her clients go on to win awards for their work in engaging diversity and fostering collaboration for sustainable and lasting change.
As founder of the organization Intercultural Strategies, Jessie helps leaders and groups build cultures of belonging to create change in an inclusive and positive way. She is the innovator of the award-winning Belonging Matters framework and community change model designed to change mindsets, deepen interconnections, impart greater social capital and build stronger communities.
Jessie holds a M.A in Dispute Resolution, is a TEDx speaker and author of the book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out.
Musqueam Elder, Larry Grant, is an Adjunct Professor at the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program (UBC), the Elder-in-Residence at the First Nations House of Learning (UBC), and a Consultant for Musqueam Language and Culture.
He was born and raised in Musqueam traditional territory by a traditional hun’q’umin’um’ speaking Musqueam family. After 4 decades as a tradesman, Larry enrolled in the First Nations Languages Program, which awoke his memory of the embedded value that the hun’q’umin’um’ language has to self-identity, kinship, culture, territory, and history prior to European contact. He is presently assisting in revitalizing hun’q’umin’um’ in the Musqueam Language and Culture Department and co-teaching the introductory hun’q’umin’um’course through UBC.
Larry is also a Faculty Fellow at St. John’s College and the inaugural Honorary Life Fellow for Green College. In 2010, he received the Alumni Award of Distinction from Vancouver Community College, and in 2014, he became an Honorary Graduate from the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) at UBC.
In 2016, Larry was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Hapa Palooza for continuous Intercultural work and in 2019 awarded the President’s Medal for his dedicated service to Community and UBC.
Michael Quinn Patton is the Founder and CEO of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, an independent organizational development and program evaluation organization.
After receiving his doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he spent 18 years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota (1973-1991), including five years as Director of the Minnesota Center for Social Research and ten years with the Minnesota Extension Service.
He has authored numerous books on evaluation, including Principles-Focused Evaluation (2018), Facilitating Evaluation (2018), Developmental Evaluation (2010) and Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2008). He has also edited or contributed articles to numerous books and journals, including several volumes of New Directions in Program Evaluation, on subjects as diverse as culture and evaluation, how and why language matters, HIV/AIDS research and evaluation systems, extension methods, feminist evaluation, teaching using the case method, evaluating strategy, utilization of evaluation, and valuing. With an attributed profound influence on researchers and evaluators worldwide, his books Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods and Utilization-Focused Evaluation, are frequently required graduate-level texts.
Patton has received both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award for “outstanding contributions to evaluation use and practice” and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for lifetime contributions to evaluation theory awarded by the American Evaluation Association. The Society for Applied Sociology honored him with the 2001 Lester F. Ward Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Sociology. He was President of the American Evaluation Association in 1988 and Co-Chair of the 2005 International Evaluation Conference in Toronto sponsored jointly by the American and Canadian evaluation associations. He sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Foundation Review.
Dr. Roberta Hunte is a facilitator, researcher, educator, mother, and cultural worker. She is an Assistant Professor in Child, Youth and Family Studies at Portland State University and facilitates workshops on equity, diversity and inclusion.
Roberta is a collaborator on the play We are BRAVE, My Walk Has Never Been Average, and the short film Sista in the Brotherhood; the latter two projects are informed by her research on Black tradeswomen.
Her focus areas are Black women in the building trades, the impacts of racism-related stress on Black maternal health, Reproductive Justice, and higher education access for adult learners of color. She is a board member for Partnership for Safety and Justice.
Kathy Shecapio, Certified Industrial Relations Advisor (CRIA) and B. Sc. in Industrial Relations, has worked in many areas including as the Coordinator of programs and services in Cree Human Resources Development, as the Coordinator of Employment and Training (and later promoted to Director General) for the Niskamoon Corporation (an entity established by the Grand Council of Cree of Eeyou Istchee to Implement all Cree/Hydro-Quebec Agreements), and as the Director of Cree Patient Services for the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay – Miyupimaatisiuun.
Through her work in middle and senior management positions, she has assisted at Negotiations with the federal government, attended national and regional forums and conferences, managed a budget of 720 million, implemented customized training programs, and worked in collaboration with the Nishiiyuu Council of Elders to develop alternative medicine services through traditional healing (including the "Bringing Our Babies Home" traditional birthing knowledge). She also launched her own HR consultancy business.
Ineradicable in Kathy is the value of cultural identity, which encompasses her consultancy and managerial endeavours. Today, she continues living on the land while contributing her help and expertise in various contracts.
Benefit from 30 years of research and practice by getting the core components in a series of one-hour videos.
The training will help you focus on the essential building blocks in your learning curve to address racism within yourself, as a bystander, as a target as well as the systems we influence.
Avoid costly, irreversible mistakes and quickly build your competence and confidence with these skills. You’ll gain the benefits of five years of dedicated research along with decades of practice and teaching university at the Masters’ degree level... all distilled for you in the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Jessie stands behind her work and programs. If you complete the Addressing Racism From the Inside Out training series and don’t see value within 30 days, we 100% guarantee your money back. If you watch all the training videos, fill in the workbook, and engage with the reflective practices, we have no doubt this will change your efforts in a positive way.
If you have done all of this and you don’t feel that you received value, that you didn't discover the tools, process and resources to help you address racism from the inside out, then contact us within 30 days of purchase and you will receive a complete refund of your investment.
Jessie has taken a lifetime of experiences both locally and with a world view and turned both good and traumatic events into empowerment. Her body of work fascinates me and spans across the topics of Culture, Belonging, Anti-Bullying and much more. Her narrative and stories are well researched and most importantly, relatable to the world.
Engaging and energetic, Jessie Sutherland personalizes global challenges through enabling a true understanding of conflict transformation. I left her workshop with a greater understanding of how to bring about successful reconciliation at both the personal and political levels. Jessie’s uncanny talent for teasing out self-realizations will undoubtedly transform your approach to resolving conflicts.
The Belonging Matters approach is an ever-relevant process in the multicultural, diverse world we are living in. It provides you with tools and a perspective to empower yourself and the people around you to create spaces where we can all be our full selves and feel welcomed.
As an approach, the framework gives value to the input that each person involved in the process has to offer and gives every person's voice the same value. From its design, the framework has a horizontal approach that helps people to experience what a community of belonging feels like. I would recommend Belonging Matters to people who struggle with their own sense of belonging as well as to teams and groups who want to build a common space where their needs are met and identities are honored.
There are many definitions to describe racism. My favourite is by Ibram X. Kendi: “Racism is a marriage of racist policies and racist ideas that produces and normalizes racial inequities… Racial inequity is when two or more groups are not standing on approximately equal footing… A racial policy is any measure that produces or sustains racial inequity between racial groups… A racial idea is any idea that suggests one racial group is inferior to another racial group in any way" (p. 17-18, How to Be an Antiracist).
I like how Robin Diangelo differentiates among these three terms. She writes: “Prejudice is prejudgment about another person based on the social group to which that person belongs… Discrimination is action based on that prejudice… Racism...occurs when a racial group’s prejudice is backed by legal authority and institutional control” (p. 19-21, White Fragility: Why It’s Hard for White People To talk About Racism).
Racism is one of the fastest ways to erode belonging. Racism impacts the health and well-being of people, workplaces and communities. When we understand that racism is part of an interconnected system, we can begin to work together to transform these systems of exclusion into cultures of belonging. This means influencing both people and systems. Not only is addressing racism the right thing to do, it is an imperative in our rapidly changing world. When we address racism and build a culture of belonging in our families, workplaces and communities, we can harness all our strengths and talents so that we can generate the collaboration and innovation the world needs now more than ever.
Reflective learning practices can be a powerful tool to internalize principles, values and practices, and respond in an agile way to emerging challenges and opportunities inherent in addressing a complex social issue like racism. Addressing racism is not a one-time event, but rather an ongoing practice of reflection and focused action. Experience doesn’t teach us, but reflecting on our experience does.
You will learn how to address racism within yourself, your workplace and community.
You'll have access through the membership site to download Part 1-3 video files, audio files, and all PDF materials for permanent access on your own computer.
When you register, you’ll have access to a 3-month bonus of Community of Practice calls. Collect any questions you have from the trainings and bring them to the call for us to discuss and provide support.
Join me and a group of individuals who want to lead the change in creating a sustainable, connected and diverse world!