Workshops / Events
Black History Month
Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country.
A number of activities are organized such as having a speakers panel discussion in 2019, hosting Silvia Mangue Alene from the BC Black History Awareness Society as a guest speaker, screening the movie Selma to welcoming guest speaker, Professor Emeritus Dr. Michael Real, who was at the March on Washington in August of 1963. He shared a brief overview of his experiences at the iconic Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
On that occasion, the General Assembly decided that a week of solidarity with the peoples struggling against racism and racial discrimination, beginning on 21 March, would be organized annually in all States. Since then, the apartheid system in South Africa has been dismantled. Racist laws and practices have been abolished in many countries, and we have built an international framework for fighting racism, guided by the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The Convention is now nearing universal ratification, yet still, in all regions, too many individuals, communities and societies suffer from the injustice and stigma that racism brings.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.
The National Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 celebrations at Royal Roads were enjoyed by hundreds of participants and featured canoe races, traditional drumming, dance and song. To read a full description of the 2018 celebration, please visit http://www.royalroads.ca/news-releases/indigenous-cultures-celebrated-royal-roads.
Past events have included on-campus festivals with games, music, food and entertainment, movie nights, and Positive Space Network workshops. The workshops are aimed at engaging participants in discussion around language, culture and assumptions. Participants were introduced to skills and strategies that will help them contribute to the creation of safer and more inclusive environments for all members of the Royal Roads community. Finally the highlight of Pride week is participating in the annual Victoria Pride Parade, which began at the corner of Pandora and Government, and ended at MacDonald Park at the corner of Oswego and Simcoe.
World Mental Health Day
Each year, the Diversity Action Group asks students, faculty and staff to share selfies wearing purple clothing, or anything purple, and to tag our social media with their photos #LightUpPurple.
World Mental Health Day activities have included workshops and activity stations, including colouring and card-making, to promote mental health and well-being.
Orange Shirt Day
To learn about the history of Orange Shirt Day in Canada, please read the summary below. We would also like to encourage everyone to take some time to learn Phyllis’ story.
Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Learn more on the orange shirt day website.
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
According to the Government of Canada on December 6, 1989, 13 female students and a female administrator at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered because they were women. The shocking impact of their deaths led Parliament to designate December 6 as a national day of remembrance. Nearly 30 years later, the effects of this tragedy continue to be felt and women remain targets because of their gender.The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women is about remembering victims; it is also a time to take action. We each have the opportunity and the responsibility to stand up against misogyny, sexism, and hate and it starts with creating a culture of respect.
We will mark this day each year with a program and candlelight vigil at Royal Roads University