Anti-Indigenous Racism Workshop

VMS is happy to offer this innovative workshop that takes a look at Indigenous racism in Canada through the lens of health, rights, spirituality and social change.

The 90-minute interactive workshop uses video, presentation and discussion to appeal to all ages and backgrounds. It will be held online from 3:30 to 5 pm on Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, offered free of charge through the Interfaith Liaisons Network of the Victoria Multifaith Society. Register here through EventBrite.

Karen Pruden Shirley

We’re very fortunate to have Karen Pruden Shirley to facilitate the workshop. Karen is a member of the Métis Nation from a large extended family with roots deep in the Red River Settlement in what is now known as Winnipeg.
In 1985, she was the first Indigenous woman to graduate from UBC Law School. In 1986, she and Sq’ewqeyl First Nations member and former BC Lieutenant Governor Steven L. Point founded the first BC law firm having both all-Indigenous lawyers and all-Indigenous staff. She later served for almost 25 years with the Department of Justice Canada, retiring in 2015.

The workshop is part of an anti-racism resource series currently being developed by VMS in conjunction with a collaborating organization in Montreal, the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy, with funding through the Vancouver Foundation and BC Multiculturalism.