Teaching Black Studies 12: A Decolonial and Anti-Racist Approach

Black Studies 12 is a newly approved BAA Course for Surrey Schools. This workshop is facilitated by the creators of Black Studies 12, and it is vital for those who are interested in teaching the course in the 2022/2023 school year. The session will begin with an anti-oppression 101 lesson that will address intersectionality, “race”, and settler-colonialism, followed by an overview of the African continent and its peoples, and concludes with Black people’s experiences in colonial Canada. This workshop is designed to help participants unpack, understand, and apply the curricular competencies and content from Black Studies 12 in their own classrooms.

Target Audience

Secondary

To Bring/Important Notes

A laptop with speakers and a microphone

Sessions

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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Presenters

  • Frank Hurt Secondary
    Melanie Scheuer

    Melanie Scheuer (she, her, they, them) is white, Euro-Canadian Settler whose ancestors came uninvited to Turtle Island from France, Germany, and Britain. They live on the unceded, stolen, and present-day territories of the x?m??k??y??m (Musqueam), S?wx?wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel?íl?witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in K'emk'emeláy (today what is so-called Vancouver) and works on the ancestral, unceded, and current territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo Nations in today what is colonially known as Newton, Surrey. Melanie is a cisgender, genderqueer women who is an anti-colonial, anti-racist, intersectional feminist educator and activist. They have a Master’s in Social Justice from UBC and currently teach Contemporary Indigenous Studies, BC First Peoples, Social Justice, Genocide Studies, 20th Century World History, and Social Studies 10 at Frank Hurt Secondary. In these courses and beyond, Melanie works to interrogate, decolonize, and deconstruct the colonial systems, knowledge, and beliefs inherited to foster a respectful and equitable future for all.

  • LA Matheson
    Manvir Mander

    Manvir Mander (she, her, hers) is a settler and cisgender Punjabi woman who lives and works on the unceded lands and territories of the Coast Salish Peoples. She is an educator at L.A. Matheson Secondary where she co-teaches the Arts Integrated Module 9 program, in addition to Social Studies, Psychology, and Social Justice. Manvir is committed to the fight for equity and justice in the classroom and beyond. 

  • Michael Musherure

    Michael Musherure (he, him, his)

    Identity: Meaning of my name… Go seek … Michael Arch Angel (colonial name) I belong to Abanzira clan from the Banyankole subtribe of the Bantu tribe; Born and raised in Uganda; Lived in Norway for 5 years; Migrated to Canada in 2005. 

    Educational Background: Master of Philosophy in Education (Norwegian Teacher Academy - Bergen); Master of Philosophy in Religious Education (Norwegian Teacher Academy - Bergen); Bachelor of Arts (Literature) Makerere University - Uganda; Diploma in Secondary Education (Institute of Teacher Education- Kyambogo) - Uganda; Teacher (Re)Education – UBC. 

    Teaching Experience: Taught in Uganda and Richmond; Currently teach at Earl Marriot Secondary in Surrey.