85 Queen: Racial Discrimination Forum

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Event Details

In recognition of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 

Join us for a community discussion on racial discrimination in Waterloo Region. What are our biggest challenges? What can organizations and individuals do to effect change? What are our next steps?  Our moderated panel will respond to questions regarding race relations since the release of e(RACER): Summit on Race and Racism on Canadian University Campuses in March of 2017. We’ll talk about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, the Black Lives Matter movement, hate crimes in the region, and other topics. 

There will also be an opportunity for audience questions. Be part of the conversation!


Maedith Radlein    
Maedith Radlein immigrated from Jamaica in 1987. She is a retired elementary school principal who worked with the Waterloo Region District School Board for over 20 years. In that time she was very involved in equity and anti racism education. Maedith chaired the committee responsible for the WRDSB’s first Equity Policy. 

Community involvement has also been important to her. She has volunteered with many community groups over the years Including Waterloo Minor Soccer, YWCA-KW as President and The Child Witness Centre as Secretary. She is currently Chair of Council at Parkminster United Church and active in The Congress of Black Women, Waterloo Region as well as The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region.


Catherine Fife       
MPP for Kitchener-Waterloo

Jean Becker           
Elder-in-residence, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Deepa Ahluwalia   
Equity & Inclusion Officer, Waterloo Region District School Board

Idrisa Pandit         
Associate Professor, Director of Studies in Islam, Renison and Founding Director of Muslim Social Services

Bryan Larkin          
Chief, Waterloo Region Police Service

Fanis Juma Radstake        
Fanis Juma Radstake is a local activist, community organizer, registered social worker, and mother of two.  Her community practice is with the African Community Wellness Initiative and focuses on intersecting areas of food justice, racial justice and educational justice.  Fanis is the co-organizer of the Racial Justice Network, and currently working to support efforts to create a local presence for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The opinions of guest speakers do not necessarily reflect the values and mission of Kitchener Public Library. We champion the right for ideas to be heard and words expressed without censorship. 
Intellectual freedom is a fundamental right.

Event Type(s): 85 Queen
Age Group(s): Adults

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