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Meet Fareeda Adam, Equal Are We Panelist

Since beginning her legal career, Fareeda has learned of the importance of naming anti-Black racism and using a critical-race lens to understand the interactions Black people have with the legal system.

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YWCA Cambridge, City of Cambridge, Conestoga College to Jointly Host Conference Centred On Equity

“Making spaces safe and inclusi­­ve is everybody’s business,” said YWCA Cambridge Executive Director Kim Decker. “This conference is one attempt by us, the City of Cambridge and Conestoga College to put action behind our own words of believing in a better society for everyone.”

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Why We Hold A Conference On Equity, And Why You Should Come

I heard once that for years and years there can be these barely perceptible shifts, and then one day, bam. Earthquake. I saw this conference like that: a way for all these community members with different lived experiences to come together and for us all to collectively tear down barriers still hindering so many of our neighbours. I needed it to be like that.

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Big Changes Start with Small Steps

Many of the women in the group are survivors, coming from many different walks of life and backgrounds, all suffering loss on some level, drawn together by circumstance, driven by purpose. In the program, we are encouraged and given the opportunity to share as much or as little as we want. But we learn quickly that we are not alone on our journeys.

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The Effects of it All

That being said, here’s the thing: I don’t always use my voice to call these things out. I fear being shut down. I fear being told I’m wrong. I fear white people with more power than me will not only tune me out, but encourage others to follow suit.

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Do You See Me?

So, rather than asking “do you see me?” in the physical sense, I ask “would you think of me?” Would you think of me the next time someone says “we don’t have Indigenous people around here”? This is a question I want you to keep in your heart.

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