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Anti-Racism Response Training (ART) Series

July 5 - July 26

Cost: Members: $170 | Non-Members: $270 Register
Registration Deadline: June 30, 2023
This series has been approved by CICC for 8 hours of CPD.


The Anti-Racism Response Training (A.R.T.) program, developed by Dr. Ishu Ishiyama, and enhanced and adapted – including virtual adaptation – by Thanh Tazumi, Naomi L. Wolfe, & Sanchit Mittal, uses a witness-centred approach to disrupting racism. This highly interactive and experiential Canadian-based online series will introduce participants to the historical legacies of racism in this country, provide an overview of key definitions and concepts such as microaggressions, systemic racism, white fragility and implicit bias, and offer tools to develop and strengthen active witnessing skills. The series is designed to be relevant to the audience and encourages participants to shift from being frozen or silent bystanders to becoming active witnesses. In a safe and supported online forum, participants will practice how they can respond in order to disrupt racism and build safer and more inclusive communities.


This training will be delivered via four live Zoom meetings. Participants will be encouraged to have a working microphone and web camera. Participants are expected to access the resources provided via Google drive and complete the assignments and group activities. Please note that the live workshops are NOT recorded, and thus a commitment to attend all virtual sessions is required to complete the series, which is a pre-requisite for the A.R.T. Certified Trainer Program.

Part I: Wednesday, July 5 from 2:30pm – 4:30pm (ET)
Part II: Wednesday, July 12 from 2:30pm – 4:30pm (ET)
Part III: Wednesday, July 19 from 2:30pm – 4:30pm (ET)
Part IV: Wednesday, July 26 from 2:30pm – 4:30pm (ET)


  • Learn about racist laws, policies, and events in Canada’s history and their impacts on Indigenous, Asian, Black and other communities
  • Connect the dots between past and present
  • Connect the dots between history and self – both past and present
  • Review of key vocabulary used in anti-racism work
  • A peek at the racist origins of commonly used language
  • Exploration of microaggressions and how unconscious bias and stereotypes seep into our interactions with others
  • Consider the impacts of being a passive bystander vs. active witness
  • Gain greater empathy regarding the harmful impacts of racist encounters
  • Review VOW model and four levels of witnessing
  • Explore various categories of active witnessing
  • Look at model scenarios and practice responding
  • Look more deeply at racist encounters using various scenarios
  • Actively practice A.R.T. responses
  • Tap into participants’ own lived experiences
  • Consider immediate and delayed responses
  • Look at accountability and how to be in solidarity
  • Connect the dots between responding to individual and systemic racism


“This training was so interesting and important and should be offered in all workplaces and institutions. If it is important to you and your organization to truly understand the history of racism, its implications today, and what to do and say to combat racism, I highly recommend this training.”- Tanya Cowie, Vancouver Community College
“The Anti-Racism Response Training is engaging, eye-opening, and educational. The facilitators' approach of presenting factual information paired with sharing personal stories helped to capture their diverse audience. Reflection exercises not only encouraged participants to examine themselves and racism, but they also prompted open discussions among participants. Highly recommended for anyone and everyone wanting to start taking steps against racism.”- Carolyn Moi, Instructor, Vancouver Community College
“As a white, settler woman with significant privilege, I knew that I had a lot to learn about racism in Canada and what I could do about it. Participating in this well-designed and delivered training exceeded my expectations over and over! Not only did I learn so much about racism in Canada, past and present, I also learned from the presenters and participants about how these experiences have impacted them so significantly. In the training we learned and practiced effective skills to respond to witnessing or experiencing racist encounters. I will no longer be a bystander, wishing I had the words or confidence to act when I see racism in any form. I can now stand-up and speak-out to address the issue at the time or when it is safe to do so. We must all make the decision and take action to stop racism and the Anti-Racism Response Training program provides the practical skills and confidence to do so!”- Mary Catherine Williams, Executive Director, Volunteer Campbell River


Thanh Tazumi

A.R.T. Facilitator

Thanh Tazumi (she/her/hers) and her family immigrated to Canada as refugees in 1984. She worked for a multicultural organization for 10 years, coordinating anti-racism, diversity, and organizational change projects. Thanh coordinated the first anti-racism walk in Campbell River, in 1997 and formed a committee to continue this annual event until 2006. She has co-facilitated workshops on intercultural communication, equity & inclusion, and Anti-racism Response Training. Recently she and her daughter developed and delivered an anti-Asian racism workshop to audiences across Canada. Thanh also worked with marginalized youth and families for 15 years. She is grateful to live on the traditional territory of the Wei Wai Kum, We Wai Kai, and the E’iksan-K’omoks peoples. She is aware of the history of racism in Canada and many of its impacts on Indigenous and other racialized peoples. She is committed to racial justice and actively works toward reconciliation and healing.

Naomi L. Wolfe

A.R.T. Facilitator

Naomi L. Wolfe (she/her/hers) is a mixed European settler Canadian, originally from Saskatchewan, who is grateful to reside on the unceded traditional territory of the E’iksan and K’ómoks Peoples. As a teen, Naomi was a member of an anti-racism youth group in Nashville, Tennessee, during the desegregation of schools through crosstown bussing. After 10 years in the USA and 10 years in Guatemala, she moved back to Canada and eventually to Vancouver Island. During nearly 30 years as ESL Faculty at North Island College – including 10 years as Human Rights and International Solidarity Rep. – and through her work with the local Immigrant Welcome Centre, Naomi gained a deep understanding of the barriers faced by many in her community. She began designing and facilitating intercultural training in the mid-90’s and became an Anti-Racism Response (A.R.T.) facilitator in 2002. Naomi facilitates A.R.T., intercultural communication, Theatre for Living, and Compassionate Listening (TCLP) workshops and has presented at conferences in Canada and internationally. Naomi greatly values collaborating with others to create a more just and inclusive society.

Sanchit Mittal

A.R.T. Facilitator

Sanchit Mittal (he/him/his) came to Canada as an international student; he holds two Master’s degrees and has diverse experience in working with various marginalized communities, including LGBTQ2+ and refugees. With over eight years of experience in various Indian and Canadian organizations, living as an uninvited guest on the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit peoples, Sanchit deeply values Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI), and is passionate about Truth and Reconciliation and Social Justice work, including Anti-Racism. Sanchit has co-facilitated many workshops, including LGBTQ2+ inclusion, Communications in Intercultural classrooms, Microaggressions, and Allyship. Sanchit has worked in Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) International Education and served as the Vice President for SIETAR BC. Currently a Partnerships Manager at an Ontario-based Edu-Tech company, he is also an EDI Consultant at VIU.

Charis Tazumi

A.R.T. Facilitator

Charis Tazumi (she/her) is a Vietnamese-Japanese Canadian who grew up on Vancouver Island.  This past year, Charis worked as a co-facilitator in Antiracism Response Training (ART), conducted workshops to increase anti-Asian racism awareness, and worked as a teacher in a local daycare.  Currently, she is a student at the University of Victoria, studying in Child & Youth Care with hopes of becoming a counsellor.  Charis is grateful for the opportunity to get involved in ART facilitation as well as in antiracism awareness.  She would like to acknowledge with respect, the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory UVIC stands, as well as her privilege to live, study, and work on the unceded lands of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples.


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