The wide range of stories and experiences underscore the pervasiveness of racism and how it impacts the hearts and minds of people from racialised communities. The stories and experiences shared took place in various locations, such as the departmental store, the airport, the classroom, the sidewalk, and the playground. Some took place in Edmonton, a different country, and in the speakers’ country of origin; some stories were from the lens of an observer.
Harmful treatment, even those experienced by others, can wound those who witness it, leaving them to wonder whether they will be the next target.
The life of a teenager and youth is not that long, which means that if there is a memorable experience they have encountered or witnessed, they have carried that for a significant portion of their lives. This program is intended to provide a safe and nurturing space to harness creativity and writing skills, to encourage them to add to the incremental change in society- where there’s truly a place when racism is finally eradicated.