What does it mean to be a settler in BC and Canada? Asian, European, Latinx, African, and mixed-heritage people all have their own unique relationship to colonialism and Indigenous people in Canada. This session will help fellow settlers of various backgrounds understand their own unique settler identity and relationship to colonialism more deeply and explore how we can act more meaningfully as allies and pursue decolonization in ways that we can bring into our classroom. Because this is work for settlers to do and not for First Nations people to teach us about, this workshop will be run by settlers, for settlers. Come with your questions, uncertainties, and a desire to learn.
Ryan Cho teaches Social Studies, Music, and EAL at Terry Fox Secondary School in Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada. He was also one of the co-sponsors of the Terry Fox SOGI (Sexual Oreintation and Gender Identity) student group, and often serves as the Musical Director for the yearly Terry Fox Drama Musical Theatre Production.
Ryan a former Co-Chair the BCTF Committee for Action on Social Justice. He is the author of the CCPA's Climate Justice Curriculum, was responsible for the latest redesign of the BCTF's Show Racism the Red Card Curriculum Resource and is the winner of the 2018 BC Premier's Award for Excellence in Education for Social Equity.