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Trigger Warning: This workshop hopes to offend everyone into action.
Part Workshop, Part Stand-Up Routine, Part Therapeutic Rant, this unconventional facilitated discussion on the experience of Islamophobia in Canada aims to disrupt some of the conventions around how we discuss discrimination and hate in order to move forward with more real-time healing and practical solutions.This workshop is facilitated by Chelby Daigle, Editor in Chief of MuslimLink.ca, Canada's online hub for Muslims, stand-up comedian, and community educator.Chelby Daigle has experienced Islamophobic attacks, both verbal and physical, everywhere from in workplace meetings to walking down the street. With "How NOT to Fight Islamophobia Like a Snowflake", Chelby wants to share what she's learned about Islamophobia from her personal experience and current research, as well as why she finds much of the current anti-Islamophobia work in Canada so alienating, and how she's trying to reclaim anti-Islamophobia work for herself and Muslims like her.
While learning how to provide NON-SNOWFLAKE responses when faced with Islamophobic questions about FGM/Female Cutting, homophobia, and blasphemy laws within Muslim communities, participants will also learn about why anti-Islamophobia work needs to centre the perspectives of Muslims living on social assistance or who are working poor, why many Canadians, both Muslim and non-Muslim, often erase the existence of Black Canadian Muslims to the detriment of their anti-Islamophobia work, and why the language of Islamophobic rhetoric in Canada is so similar to that of antisemitism and transphobia.This workshop will also focus on the DIVERSITY of people who perpetuate Islamophobia ideas and and the various reasons why they do it, from white supremacists, to refugees with lived experiences of violence and marginalization in Muslim majority countries, to Muslims looking to distance themselves from more religiously orthodox Muslims.This workshop may also appeal to you if you just want an excuse to have an "intellectual" discussion about your love for TLC's 90 Day Fiance, still really want to know what "Bismillah" in Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" actually means, or are scratching their heads about why Muslims are running for the People's Party of Canada (it makes total sense, really).
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