Eva Jewell | From Structural Racism to Personal Practices: Embodying Anti-Oppression for Reconciliation

2021, Series Taking Action!, Equity + Justice, Indigenous Voices

This lecture will provide participants with insight on how racism is a design element, not a flaw, of settler colonial states like Canada. Citizens of Canada (and those subjected to its power) unwittingly carry behaviours that manifest racism in our social, political and economic structures. Those who benefit from this structural racism develop personal stakes in a settler colonial system that continues to harm Indigenous peoples, Black people, and racialized peoples more broadly.

Without behavioural change, knowledge of structural racism can only lead to apathy and immobilization. In this lecture, we invite participants to learn the stepping stones for personal embodiment of anti-oppressive practices as preparation for reconciliation.

This is the first lecture in the Taking Action! series, part of a partnership between SFU and the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network.

Wed, 06 Oct 2021

3:00 p.m. (PT)

Online Event

ASL interpretation and closed captioning in English will be available at this event.

Taking Action! Speaker Series

The Taking Action! speaker series features activists from around the world sharing their successes and strategies for effective anti-racism work. These lectures go beyond identifying the problems of racism, hate and discrimination. They focus on ways we can take action, adapting these activists’ strategies to take a decolonized approach to anti-racism work in communities across B.C.

The Taking Action! series is part of a partnership between SFU and the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network, a provincial government program that connects B.C. communities with support, information and training to prevent and respond to incidents of racism and hate. With this partnership, SFU aims to build reciprocal relationships that combine the university’s research expertise with the knowledge and experience of community activists who have been leading anti-racism work in B.C. for years.


Eva Jewell

Dr. Eva Jewell (Ma’iingan Dodem, she/her) is Anishinaabekwe from Deshkan Ziibiing (Chippewas of the Thames First Nation) in southwestern Ontario, with paternal Haudenosaunee lineage from Oneida Nation of the Thames. Dr. Jewell is a co-author of the yearly “Calls to Action Accountability: A Status Update on Reconciliation” reports, and her scholarship supports community-led inquiry on topics of language, governance, and cultural resurgence amongst Anishinaabeg people. Dr. Jewell is the Research Director at Yellowhead Institute, and an Assistant Professor in Indigenous Feminisms in the Sociology Department at X University.


Ginger Gosnell-Myers

Ginger Gosnell-Myers, a member of the Nisga’a and Kwakwaka'wakw Nations, is a Fellow in Decolonization and Urban Indigenous Planning at SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Ginger is a thought leader and practitioner who brings a deep understanding of urban Indigenous issues, years of practice in bridging Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in developing public policy, and a passion for innovating new engagement processes that advance the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


In the news

Dr. Eva Jewell presents lecture on embodying anti-oppression for reconciliation — Yelin Gemma Lee, The Peak (October 19, 2021)


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    2021, Series Taking Action!, Equity + Justice, Indigenous Voices

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  • Sophie Williams | Active Allyship in the Workplace - Making anti-racist spaces for workers and communities

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