It’s Rule out Racism Week

Join us as we Rule Out Racism and celebrate the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.

Rule Out Racism is a week-long series of events focused on the need for greater literacy and conversation about race and racism.

The series includes a highly provocative program of presentations, discussions and engaging workshops addressing the need for greater conversation about anti-racism practices.

This annual event is designed to engage our UBC community and is organized by the UBC Okanagan Equity & Inclusion Office and the Rule Out Racism committee.

Join us as we take a stand against racism and help build positive space at UBC. Check out the various ways to get involved below.


Addressing micro-aggressions Monday March 19 and Thursday March 22 | 10 – 12 PM | UBC Okanagan Library Lobby

Visit our booth to increase your awareness about racist micro-aggressions, and what you can do as an active bystander.

Campus Diversity Project: Calls to Action Tuesday March 20th | 12 – 2 PM | UNC 200

The Que(e)rying Campus Research Team has finalized their report based on the experiences of racialized and/or Indigenous and/or LGBTQ+ students at UBC Okanagan. The report includes 17 Calls to Action, which will be presented and discussed at this event. Let us know you’ll be there via our Facebook event:

Film Presentation – “500 Years – Life in Resistance” Wednesday March 21 | 6 – 7:45 PM | ART 366

500 Years documents the 2013 genocide trial of former Guatemalan president Efrain Rios Montt, and its aftermath. Rios Montt stood trial for the killing of 1,700 Maya Ixil people from 1982-1983 – the first trial in the history of the Americas for the genocide of indigenous people. When Rios Montt is found guilty, a higher Guatemalan court vacates the verdict – and 500 Years follows the diverse responses among various members of Guatemalan society.     Official Selection of 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Director: Pamela Yates. Skylight Pictures. 2017. 1 hour, 48 minutes.

CANCELLED Red Power + Sovereign Lands Wednesday March 21st 7 – 9 PM | Downtown Kelowna Library

This Speaker Series, Indigenous Canada, National Context and Local Perspective, links the national topics presented by the University of Alberta’s online course “Indigenous Canada” to local perspectives.

Lecture with special guest, Irma Alicia Velasquez Nimatuj Thursday, March 22 | 3 – 5 PM | ASC 130

This lecture provides context for the admirable struggle of a group of 15 Maya-Q’eqchi women from Sepur Zarco, Izabal, Guatemala.  The case reflects the struggles, but also the obstacles which Indigenous women face when demanding justice and confronting members of the State’s security apparatus.  Dr. Nimatuj will address the trial, in which she had the opportunity to contribute as both a researcher and expert witness.  Drawing on this experience, she seeks to pose some questions regarding how the social sciences may contribute and serve as an instrument of justice in postwar countries. Presented by: The Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies 2018 Speaker Series.

Hearth II: A Womyn’s Conversation Continued Thursday, March 22, 6:30 – 8 PM | Arts Atrium

As part of the events for Rule Out Racism, we’ve invited the voices from “Hearth: Queen’s Conversation” to continue the discussion on race, gender, and identity. In Hearth II the Queen’s will lead us in an open panel picking up where things left off in February- but don’t worry if you missed the first discussion, because this is an open space for fresh faces and new ideas. Join us for an evening of soul searching, community, and creativity! Facebook event: Presented by: International Programs & Services Intercultural Development Program and the Equity & Inclusion Office.

8th Annual Indigeneity Panel Friday, March 23 | 11:30-3 PM | UNC 200

Hear Michelle Hogue talk on “Land as Mentor, Teacher, Curriculum. Land as Responsibility” and Sakej Henderson on “Post-colonial ghost dancing in Academy”. Presented by: UBC Okanagan’s Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Community, Culture and Global Studies.