Dr. Bains, SASI Director is a part of the Academic Advisory Committee joining scholars, activists and professionals from across Canada to create a national strategy combatting hate. She will also speak on coalition building across Asian Canadian Communities. The conversation comes in light of the exponential rise in anti-Asian violence, hate and crime in British Columbia, with Vancouver being named as the anti-Asian hate crime capital of North America. SASI Coordinator Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra has been invited to speak in the same forum on the June 11th sector table on “Education (K-12, public education, higher education).”
On June 10-11, the National Forum on Anti–Asian Racism will bring together distinguished speakers from across sectors to have frank discussions about the ongoing crisis of anti–Asian racism in Canada. The virtual event will focus on the articulation of bold and concrete recommendations for change as well as strengthening relationships of advocacy with other anti-racism movements.
The first day of programming will be open to the public, with sessions focusing on the issues impacting Asian Canadians, coalition building across Asian Canadian communities, and effective access and advocacy for systemic change. The second day will be a working session with sector leaders, informed by the outcomes of day one. The virtual event will culminate in a public session; this will be an opportunity to share the list of bold actions and key priorities that will be presented for implementation.
You can register for updates to join the conversation by visiting: https://events.ubc.ca/national-forum-on-anti-asian-racism/.
To view the SASI’s statement in solidarity with a recognition to #StopAsianHate please see our post: https://blogs.ufv.ca/sasi/2021/05/12/sasi-commemorates-asianheritagemonth/