The project would involve several phases:
1.Information gathering: Information will be gathered through focus groups and questionnaires to better understand students and parents' experience in schools related to school staff' knowledge of cultural awareness. Themes determined from these focus groups will be used in educational talks and video; recruitment of youth speakers; a youth steering committee will be formed to participate in project planning, delivery and evaluation.
2. Video production: Video explaining cultural awareness, anti-oppression, and anti-racism will be produced to assist in educating community. The content of the video will be guided by the information gathered. The production will involve youth voices; video will be shown at the talks at schools, placed on the School District website to be accessed by staff, other school districts, and the general public;
3.Talks at schools (Phase 1):The themes are cultural awareness, anti-oppression, anti-racism, culturally safe environments, and reducing learning barriers; list of cultural-specific topics will be presented to the school to select based on their student population and learning needs.
Ten schools would be chosen as “early adapters”. The presenters-team will involve a youth (current or former student), a settlement worker, and a professional speaker.
4.Talks at schools (Phase 2): talks are presented at the majority of schools, at Provincial Pro-D Day.
5. Evaluation and planning for sustainability.