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The Black Resistance and Self-Restoration Series for Black/People of African Descent

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde 

OISE recognizes the increased levels of stress being experienced by those of Black/African descent during these times of heightened awareness of anti-Black racism. This series is for Black/African descent OISE staff and students only. 

Series objectives: 

  • Addresses the direct impact of anti-Black racism on Black/People of African Descent 
  • Explores ancient African practices and principles for resistance and self restoration 
  • Offers simple and practical tools to mitigate traumatic impacts of institutional anti-Black racism 

Virtual sessions will be held on:

Careful Self CONSERVATION | Saturday, November 7th 10:00am - 11:30am 

RESTORING Broken Pieces Wednesday, November 11th 11:00am - 12:30pm

Protecting Your PEACE Saturday, November 21st 10:00am - 11:30am 

While participants are encouraged to attend all sessions, OISE staff and students who can only attend certain dates are most welcome to participate as available.

Aina NiaAina-Nia Ayo’dele

Facilitator Bio: 

Aina-Nia Ayo’dele is a Black Liberation activist and change agent, ancient wisdom teacher and leadership development coach. 

She is a well sought after public speaker and has presented to academic, corporate, Faith and civil society audiences across Canada, USA, the Caribbean and Ghana on issues of gender, racial equity and African indigenous practices.

Currently a Director at the City of Toronto Social Development division. Aina-Nia Nia was integral to the creation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism and in 2018 established North America’s first government sanctioned strategy and permanent office to address anti-Black racism.