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A Trauma-Informed Approach to Anti-Islamophobia Work
Facilitated by Chelby Marie Daigle, anti-oppression educator and the editor in chief of MuslimLink.ca
Who gets to speak on behalf of Muslims in Canada n the context of fighting Islamophobia?
How might current anti-Islamophobia discourse at both community and academic levels perpetuate anti-Black racism, classism and xenophobia?
How do we respond to Islamophobic attacks from people who are survivors of violence because of their identity (religious, gender, sexual orientation) in the context of Muslim families and/or Muslim majority states?
These and other questions will be explored in the first of a three-part series about navigating Islamophobia on campuses and in community settings from a trauma-informed perspective.
How are these sessions different than other sessions on anti-Islamophobia work?
The approach in these sessions is "trauma-informed" in that it recognizes the long-term impact of the trauma of various forms of Islamophobic violence experienced by Muslims but also how trauma plays a role in how individuals who may articulate Islamophobic sentiments, particularly among Indigenous, racialized, and LGBTQ community members, may also be coming from a space of trauma related to lived experiences in Muslim families and/or in Muslim majority countries or with religious institutions.
About the Facilitator:
Chelby Marie Daigle is the editor in chief of MuslimLink.ca, the online hub for Muslims in Canada.
As the Black daughter of a deportee who lives with a mental illness and is supported by social assistance, Chelby has felt deeply alienated by the prevailing anti-Islamophobia discourse at both the community and academic level that often unintentionally or intentionally frames the ideal Canadian Muslim as a middle to upper class professional, ideally light-skinned, preferably South Asian. Often this work tends to perpetuate anti-Black racism, classism, xenophobia, and gatekeeper politics in terms of who gets to speak on behalf of Muslims in Canada.
As Chelby's worst experiences with Islamophobia in the workplace came in the context of working with Indigenous, racialized, and LGBTQ community members, she is prioritizing the need to explore these realities.These sessions are her way to try to do what she can to make herself and others like her feel relatively safer as someone who has been the target of Islamophobia in the workplace, in community gatherings, as a pedestrian, as a user of public transit, and online, but who does not feel represented in most of the work being done to address Islamophobia at the local and national level currently.
Please email Chelby to confirm reservation at email@example.com
Exact location will be sent by email.
Spaces are limited. If there is enough interest, additional sessions will be organized.
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