September 2023 is packed with events calling for action: reducing emissions, ending our dependence on fossil fuels and fairly transitioning to an equitable and livable world. For details on events near you that may not be listed below, visit:

Fridays for Future

Global Fight to End Fossil Fuels

Migrant Rights Network

Events listed here may be local, regional, or national and might be offered virtually, in-person, or both! We invite you to participate in any that interest you, and to contact us if you have an event you'd like to share here.

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Anti-Racism Training Series

 

This training series, developed and presented by Moms Against Racism, resulted from numerous requests from For Our Kids' teams for more support and training on integrating anti-racist values and practices into their community organizing, including how to build more inclusive and diverse teams.

Sessions are open for all local team members and individual parents in the For Our Kids network. Participants are asked to attend all three trainings. Being part of a cohort of learners will help us support each other in applying what we learn across our teams and network in real time.   

More info and registration at the links below: 


Session One: Systemic Racism in Canada: The History Parents Need to Know
Friday, October 20, 2023
10 am PT / 11 am MT/ 12 noon CT/ 1 pm ET/ 2 pm AT (1 hour)


Session Two: How Racism Shows up in Your Teams
Friday, November 17
10am PT /11am MT/ 12pm CT / 1 pm ET / 2pm AT (1 hour)


Session Three: Using Your Power and Privilege to Dismantle Racism
Saturday, January 20
10am PT /11am MT/ 12pm CT / 1 pm ET / 2pm AT (2 hours)


About the Session Presenter

Kerry Cavers is a community builder and founder of Moms Against Racism. For Our Kids members who have attended "How to Raise an Anti-Racist Child" have experienced Kerry's thoughtful, purposeful, and caring leadership through sometimes difficult examinations of the biases and racism that is ingrained in our thoughts, beliefs and actions.

We are deeply grateful to Kerry for her dedication to providing this more in-depth training series for FOK members. 

The mission of Moms Against Racism is to educate individuals in anti-racism, cultural competence, and decolonization so they have the tools and support to dismantle racism within themselves, their families, and their communities. 

What we heard from members who attended previous workshops with Kerry:

"I found it infinitely valuable and inspiring. Kerry is an amazing speaker." 

"I have much more confidence now on how to continue my anti-racist journey."


Banking Campaign Meet-Up!

Join us for a 1 hour meet-up to talk about some of the upcoming actions and events we're organizing as part of the Banking For Our Kids campaign!

We gathered some great ideas and insight from our August meeting with network members, and now we're ready to get started!

Everyone is welcome, whether you're new to the banking campaign or you've taken action before. 

 

 

Protecting our Pensions & the Planet: Info-Session

There is no retirement security without a safe climate future to retire into.

But Canada's largest pension funds, including the Canada Pension Plan, are not on track to protect our retirement savings from the climate crisis or to support the transition to a low-carbon future. In fact, Canadian pensions are heavily invested in fossil fuels, which are jeopardizing the very future we're saving for. 

As beneficiaries, we can demand better from our pension managers. Join us for a 1-hour info-session with Shift Action to learn more about how Canada's largest pension plans, including the CPP, continue to risk our retirement savings on fossil fuels despite the worsening global climate crisis. Learn how we can engage our pension funds to protect our pensions and our planet by investing in a just and liveable future. 

School Action Drop In Session

Parents can have a big impact by pushing for climate action and sustainability in their children's schools - and having a supportive community helps!

Our monthly school action casual drop-in sessions are a chance for parents across Canada to come together to chat about their plans, aspirations, initiatives, etc., in their schools. Ruth - our schools and electric school bus lead - will be on hand to offer support, point you towards resources, and bounce around ideas on how to get started.

Everyone is welcome, at any level of experience or involvement.

Anti-Racism Training

Session One

Systemic Racism in Canada: The History Parents Need to Know

Friday, October 20, 2023

10 am PT / 11 am MT/ 12 noon CT/ 1 pm ET/ 2 pm AT

 

This training series, developed and presented by Moms Against Racism, resulted from numerous requests from For Our Kids' teams for more support and training on integrating anti-racist values and practices into their community organizing, including how to build more inclusive and diverse teams.

Sessions are open for all local team members and individual parents in the For Our Kids network. Participants are asked to attend all three trainings. Being part of a cohort of learners will help us support each other in applying what we learn across our teams and network in real time.    


Systemic Racism in Canada: The History Parents Need to Know

Session One builds on the concepts introduced in the "How to Raise an Anti-Racist Child" session presented by Moms Against Racism in 2021 and 2022 to the For Our Kids network (note: participation in that training would be helpful, but is not a pre-requisite).      

The main learning objectives are:

  1. Review concepts: racialization, racialized, and colonialism
  2. Highlight the relation between colonization and racism
  3. Review historical to present day examples of racism in Canada
  4. Understand the racial impacts of colonization   

Next Sessions:

Session Two: How Racism Shows up in Your Teams

Friday, November 17

10am PT /11am MT/ 12pm CT / 1 pm ET / 2pm AT (1 hour)

Session Three: Using Your Power and Privilege to Dismantle Racism

Saturday, January 20

10am PT /11am MT/ 12pm CT / 1 pm ET / 2pm AT (2 hours)


About the Session Presenter

Kerry Cavers is a community builder and founder of Moms Against Racism. For Our Kids members who have attended "How to Raise an Anti-Racist Child" have experienced Kerry's thoughtful, purposeful, and caring leadership through sometimes difficult examinations of the biases and racism that is ingrained in our thoughts, beliefs and actions.

We are deeply grateful to Kerry for her dedication to providing this more in-depth training series for FOK members. 

The mission of Moms Against Racism is to educate individuals in anti-racism, cultural competence, and decolonization so they have the tools and support to dismantle racism within themselves, their families, and their communities. 

What we heard from members who attended previous workshops with Kerry:

"I found it infinitely valuable and inspiring. Kerry is an amazing speaker." 

"I have much more confidence now on how to continue my anti-racist journey."

Anti-Racism Training Series

 

This training series, developed and presented by Moms Against Racism, resulted from numerous requests from For Our Kids' teams for more support and training on integrating anti-racist values and practices into their community organizing, including how to build more inclusive and diverse teams.

Sessions are open for all local team members and individual parents in the For Our Kids network. Participants are asked to attend all three trainings. Being part of a cohort of learners will help us support each other in applying what we learn across our teams and network in real time.   

More info and registration at the links below: 


Session One: Systemic Racism in Canada: The History Parents Need to Know
Friday, October 20, 2023
10 am PT / 11 am MT/ 12 noon CT/ 1 pm ET/ 2 pm AT (1 hour)


Session Two: How Racism Shows up in Your Teams
Friday, November 17
10am PT /11am MT/ 12pm CT / 1 pm ET / 2pm AT (1 hour)


Session Three: Using Your Power and Privilege to Dismantle Racism
Saturday, January 20
10am PT /11am MT/ 12pm CT / 1 pm ET / 2pm AT (2 hours)


About the Session Presenter

Kerry Cavers is a community builder and founder of Moms Against Racism. For Our Kids members who have attended "How to Raise an Anti-Racist Child" have experienced Kerry's thoughtful, purposeful, and caring leadership through sometimes difficult examinations of the biases and racism that is ingrained in our thoughts, beliefs and actions.

We are deeply grateful to Kerry for her dedication to providing this more in-depth training series for FOK members. 

The mission of Moms Against Racism is to educate individuals in anti-racism, cultural competence, and decolonization so they have the tools and support to dismantle racism within themselves, their families, and their communities. 

What we heard from members who attended previous workshops with Kerry:

"I found it infinitely valuable and inspiring. Kerry is an amazing speaker." 

"I have much more confidence now on how to continue my anti-racist journey."

National Meet & Greet

 

The National Meet & Greet is a friendly space to learn more about the For Our Kids network and connect with folks who share your climate concerns. 

We'll talk about what For Our Kids teams are working on, answer any questions, and facilitate a sharing round so that participants can get to know each other. The meeting is one hour long, with 15 bonus minutes after that for anyone who wants to stay longer to chat with the network support team. We look forward to meeting you!

Please register to receive the Zoom link. 

Team Leaders' Meeting

Parents who take a leadership role in their local FOK teams are the roots holding this grassroots network together. We want to support and appreciate you however we can. 

Team leaders' meetings are a way to:

  • get support from each other and from the network team through skill-building and development sessions based on your needs

  • connect with each other about the challenges and successes you're experiencing

  • collaborate on common issues and actions

  • (If you're not part of a FOK team and you're interested in forming one, find out more here and reach out to [email protected]

Team Leaders meetings for 2023

These are the proposed meeting dates (to be confirmed). Meetings are for team leaders (or an active representative) from each team in the FOK network. 

Monday Feb. 13 Session A: 4pm PT/ 5pm MT/ 6pm CT/ 7pm ET/ 8pm AT
(attend the session that works for you) Session B: 7pm PT/ 8pm MT/ 9pm CT/ 10pm ET
Saturday April 1 10am PT/ 11am MT/ 12noon CT/ 1pm ET/ 2pm AT
Saturday June 10 10am PT/ 11am MT/ 12noon CT/ 1pm ET/ 2pm AT
Monday Sept. 11 Session A: 4pm PT/ 5pm MT/ 6pm CT/ 7pm ET/ 8pm AT
(attend the session that works for you) Session B: 7pm PT/ 8pm MT/ 9pm CT/ 10pm ET
Sunday Oct. 29 10am PT/ 11am MT/ 12noon CT/ 1pm ET/ 2pm AT

 

We're here to help the grassroots thrive. You can always reach out for support: [email protected]

 

Anti-Racism Training

Session Two

How Racism Shows Up In Your Teams

Friday, November 17, 2023

10 am PT / 11 am MT/ 12 noon CT/ 1 pm ET/ 2 pm AT


This training series, developed and presented by Moms Against Racism, resulted from numerous requests from For Our Kids' teams for more support and training on integrating anti-racist values and practices into their community organizing, including how to build more inclusive and diverse teams.

Sessions are open for all local team members and individual parents in the For Our Kids network. Participants are asked to attend all three trainings. Being part of a cohort of learners will help us support each other in applying what we learn across our teams and network in real time.    


Session Two: Using Your Power and Privilege to Dismantle Racism

This 60-minute training continues to build upon the previous session and reviews the covert ways racism happens in work-like settings. This session is a mix of theory and application giving attendees more tools for identifying, interrupting, and addressing racism that happens on their teams or within their workplace. Main learning objectives are:
  1. Review concepts like tokenism, microaggressions, and emotional labour
  2. Learn how to be an Upstander
  3. Review what to do when we have caused harm

Next Session: 

Session Three: Using Your Power and Privilege to Dismantle Racism

Saturday, January 20

10am PT /11am MT/ 12pm CT / 1 pm ET / 2pm AT (2 hours)


About the Session Presenter

Kerry Cavers is a community builder and founder of Moms Against Racism. For Our Kids members who have attended "How to Raise an Anti-Racist Child" have experienced Kerry's thoughtful, purposeful, and caring leadership through sometimes difficult examinations of the biases and racism that is ingrained in our thoughts, beliefs and actions.

We are deeply grateful to Kerry for her dedication to providing this more in-depth training series for FOK members. 

The mission of Moms Against Racism is to educate individuals in anti-racism, cultural competence, and decolonization so they have the tools and support to dismantle racism within themselves, their families, and their communities. 

What we heard from members who attended previous workshops with Kerry:

"I found it infinitely valuable and inspiring. Kerry is an amazing speaker." 

"I have much more confidence now on how to continue my anti-racist journey."

Anti-Racism Training

Session Three

Using Your Power and Privilege to Dismantle Racism

Saturday, January 20, 2024

10 am PT / 11 am MT/ 12 noon CT/ 1 pm ET/ 2 pm AT  - (2 hour session) 


This training series, developed and presented by Moms Against Racism, resulted from requests from For Our Kids' teams for more support and training on integrating anti-racist values and practices into their community organizing, including how to build more inclusive and diverse teams.

Sessions are open for all local team members and individual parents in the For Our Kids network. Participants are asked to attend all three trainings. Being part of a cohort of learners will help us support each other in applying what we learn across our teams and network in real time.    


Session Three: Using Your Power and Privilege to Dismantle Racism

This 2hr training focuses on structures of power and strategies to dismantle systemic racism. This training will cover:
  1. Examining power and power imbalances
  2. Key concepts such as white fragility, white exceptionalism, intersectionality, allyship, accomplice-ship, and racial justice
  3. Highlight some strategies to dismantle racism

About the Session Presenter

Kerry Cavers is a community builder and founder of Moms Against Racism. For Our Kids members who have attended "How to Raise an Anti-Racist Child" have experienced Kerry's thoughtful, purposeful, and caring leadership through sometimes difficult examinations of the biases and racism that is ingrained in our thoughts, beliefs and actions.

We are deeply grateful to Kerry for her dedication to providing this more in-depth training series for FOK members. 

The mission of Moms Against Racism is to educate individuals in anti-racism, cultural competence, and decolonization so they have the tools and support to dismantle racism within themselves, their families, and their communities. 

What we heard from members who attended previous workshops with Kerry:

"I found it infinitely valuable and inspiring. Kerry is an amazing speaker." 

"I have much more confidence now on how to continue my anti-racist journey."