Royal Roads' dialogue on systemic injustice


Are you a Royal Roads instructor or staff interested in developing your skills to respond to systemic injustice, racism and privilege in the context of  the Royal Roads online or face-to-face learning environments?  

As part of our commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous communities, Royal Roads instructors and staff are entrusted with the responsibility of facilitating respectful relationships within our face-to-face and online classes. This means developing our skills to sustain thriving, positive, and safe learning environments that can be disrupted by unthinking comments, sharply worded exchanges, simmering silences or active conflicts.

If you would like to share some of your challenges and identify practical skills or strategies, we invite you to send your “expression of interest” to attend a focused Learning and Teaching Dialogue to Respond to Systemic Injustice, Racism and Privilege to be held on the Quarterdeck on Wednesday, December 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

The Dialogue will consist of a circle of 20 participants from across Royal Roads (including core/associate faculty and staff/admin). After a respectful opening, the first part of the circle will consist of stories from participants. The second part of the circle will focus on identifying skills, strategies and resources. This event will not be digitally recorded or live-streamed. We hope that future Dialogues might consider how to widen participation, including online attendance. 

If you are interested in attending, please send Jennifer Paulus an email by November 5, indicating that "I am interested in attending the Learning and Teaching Dialogue on December 5" or "I am interested in attending a similar session to the Learning and Teaching Dialogue but am not available December 5." Please make sure to include your role in the School, as we would like a wide cross section of participation

This event is made possible through funding from the Dean's Office of FSAS, CTET, the Buttedahl Skene Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund and the School of Humanitarian Studies, with support from the Manager of Indigenous Education and Student Services.  

 The Dialogue will be facilitated by: 

  • Harley Eagle, Cultural Safety Facilitator at Island Health, member of the SHS Advisory Council and alumnus of the MA in Conflict Analysis and Management, Royal Roads University.
  • Marnie Jull, Associate Professor and Program Head, Conflict Analysis and Management Program, School of Humanitarian Studies, Royal Roads University. 
  • Jasmine Paul, Stewardship and Territorial Lands Management Division Manager for the shishalh Nation and alumnus of the MA in Conflict Analysis and Management, Royal Roads University 
  • John Radford, consultant, has worked with the shishalh Nation and other First Nations for many years. John is also a longtime Associate Faculty of the Conflict Analysis and Management Program at Royal Roads.