Surrey has the largest RCMP detachment in Canada, and it grows larger annually. Panic around crime, especially gang violence, has led to calls for increased police budgets and police’s deeper integration into schools and youth services. Although youth are disproportionately surveilled and criminalized, they can rarely share their perspectives on policing and violence prevention.
We combine hands-on activities and discussion that encourage a critical, historical understanding of the police’s role in serving colonial and capitalist power, drawing in contemporary struggles such as Wet’suwet’en land defense. Together, we explore solutions that build youth leadership and stronger communities. All materials provided.
Teresa majored in history and English at Simon Fraser University and graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Education. Currently, she is a teaching chef at Guildford Park School and is active in the Surrey Teacher’s Association. Over the years Teresa has been active in grassroots community organizing with No One Is Illegal, a migrant justice group, Rising Tide, Coast Salish Territories, a Climate Justice organization and Indigenous solidarity work centering on the We’suwet’en community. Recently, as a resident of Surrey, she has been working with Surrey community organizers to think more critically about the role of policing in our community.
Karina is a member of Red Braid Alliance, an Indigenous and working class organization engaged in politicizing community survival struggles, political education, protest, and direct action. For years, Karina worked with youth in the foster care system and also acted as a frontline worker in crisis support. She moved from Winnipeg to BC and graduated in 2019 from Simon Fraser University with a Masters in Public Health. Karina has been organizing around issues of policing and criminalization for over a year and has a deep interest in supporting young, historically marginalized people to be leaders in this work.