On September 9th and 10th, academics from across Canada will participate in Scholar Strike Canada – a labour action to protest ‘anti-Black, racist and colonial police brutality’. Scholar Strike originated in the United States (held September 8th and 9th) as an initiative of Dr. Anthea Butler (UPenn) in collaboration with Kevin Gannon (Grand View University). For more information on what inspired them, read their op-ed (CNN).
The UBC Equity & Inclusion Office stands with Scholar Strike in their call for racial justice and accountability-through-action. Protests, strikes, and teach-ins provide a space to demonstrate, contest, and amplify voices and ideas – and are sites where education, knowledge-production, and political and collective action converge in the ongoing struggle to build a more just and inclusive community.
President Ono’s statements in June committed UBC to addressing systemic racism, including anti-Black, anti-Asian, and anti-Indigenous racisms. The Scholar Strike coincides with the first two days of teaching and reinforces the critical role of universities as sites for conversation and action. Scholar Strike Canada have organized a range of digital teach-ins and we encourage all members of the UBC community to participate to further our ongoing and collective anti-racism work.
Get involved and access resources
Related links (UBC content)
- UBC Faculty Association Statement on Scholar Strike
- UBC Department of Theatre and Film Acting Head’s Statement Regarding Scholar Strike
- Together against Racism and Injustice, UBC Office of the President
- UBC Committee on Systemic Racism, UBC Office of the President
- Moving forward on Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination, UBC Office of the President
- Indigenous Foundations, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, UBC Faculty of Arts
- Activating Solidarity – A Guide to anti-Racism Work, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office
- Solidarity & Action: Five Tips on Tackling Racism, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office
- International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: Resources against Racism, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office
- Get Connected: Communities, Networks, and Clubs at UBC, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office
Related links (external resources)
- An Indigenous Abolitionist Study Guide,Toronto Abolition Convergence via Yellowhead Institute, Ryerson University
- How do we solve Structural Racism? A 5 x 5 Review, Yellowhead Institute, Ryerson University
- Project 1907
- Through events, programming, education and resources, this project engages diasporic Asians to understand their histories and identities, to examine their privilege, and to reclaim their power.
- Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, Museum of Anthropology
- Artist Kent Monkman takes you on a journey through the past 150 years of Canada, one that reclaims and reinserts Indigenous voices into the collective memory of our country, challenging and shattering colonial ideas of our history.