Last week, Team Education spent the day at Ridgemont High School. Where we visited three of Nicky Texeira’s grade nine physical education classes and presented amazing and engaging workshops. We opened each workshop with a moment of silence to pay homage to what is happening in Ferguson, after the fatal shooting of a young Black man.
For those of you who do not know of the recent protests in reaction to the systemic and overt forms of racism. They occurred in reaction to many forms of repression, specifically when a young Black man named Mike Brown who was shot by a white cop named Darren Wilson six times for alleged petty theft. His body was left in the heat for four and a half hours before any action was taken. On Monday, November 24th a grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson. More information can be found by following this link. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, and urge us all to remember that #BLACKLIVESMATTER.
There were three workshops we presented at Ridgemont High School, two analyzing and demystifying Gender and Sexuality, and one on Healthy Relationships and Consent. The students participated actively and asked us questions about misogyny in the media and growing up surrounded by these influences. Additionally, we discussed what abuse looks like in all forms and what abuse looks like in cisgender heterosexual relationships versus the power dynamics that come into play when someone is queer and/or transgender.
Moreover, we also discussed ways to set and enforce boundaries and what enthusiastic consent can look like. We also gave the girls resources that they can access such as the SASC and the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre.
Don’t forget, you too can book Team Education workshops for your classroom. Shoot us an email, or give us a phone call. Additionally, education workshops are free so we always welcome donations. To donate, just follow the hyperlink! If you have any questions or require more resources on Ferguson and ways to donate food or money please contact us.
Have an excellent week everyone,
Education Programming Coordinator