STARS [Student Teachers’ Anti‐Racism Society]

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Carmen Gillies
Email address of primary contact person: 
cgillies@sasktel.net
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

The purpose of STARS is to provide a venue for teacher candidates at the University of Saskatchewan to engage in anti‐racism/oppressive education. Participants work to understand, identify, and address systemic racism through encouraging respectful dialogue, building community relationships, providing resources, and organizing professional development opportunities. The project is important because it brings together both the mainstream and the Aboriginal teacher candidates in the College of Education towards finding solutions to systemic racism. Two theme areas STARS specifically addresses are: Building sustainable communities, and Sustaining and bridging cultures. A general ESD issue addressed is the issue of systemic racism and colonialism.

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

The project is ongoing and takes place currently in the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
STARS, anti-racism, education
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

The project is important because it brings together both the mainstream and the Aboriginal teacher candidates in the College of Education towards finding solutions to systemic racism.Participants work to understand, identify, and address systemic racism through encouraging respectful dialogue, building community relationships, providing resources, and organizing professional development opportunities

What level of education does this project address?: 
Post-secondary institution
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

STARS is empowering to Aboriginal and non‐Aboriginal youth and adults because it provides a space for individuals to express how they feel about ongoing colonialism and how it effects people, communities, and the environment. The level of community involvement is high as the membership is diverse and includes representation from First Nations, Métis, women, and other populations that are often excluded or  marginalized in decision making.