White Benevolence Launch
Join us for an in-person celebration of WHITE BENEVOLENCE, edited by Amanda Gebhard, Sheelah McLean and Verna St. Denis at Station 20 West, with books sold by Turning the Tide. A panel of contributors and the editors will have a conversation moderated by Dr. Raven Sinclair.
About the book
When working with Indigenous people, the helping professions —education, social work, health care and justice — reinforce the colonial lie that Indigenous people need saving. In White Benevolence, leading anti-racism scholars reveal the ways in which white settlers working in these institutions shape, defend and uphold institutional racism, even while professing to support Indigenous people. White supremacy shows up in the everyday behaviours, language and assumptions of white professionals who reproduce myths of Indigenous inferiority and deficit, making it clear that institutional racism encompasses not only high-level policies and laws but also the collective enactment by people within these institutions. In this uncompromising and essential collection, the authors argue that white settler social workers, educators, health-care practitioners and criminal justice workers have a responsibility to understand the colonial history of their professions and their complicity in ongoing violence, be it over-policing, school push-out, child apprehension or denial of health care. The answer isn’t cultural awareness training. What’s needed is radical anti-racism, solidarity and a relinquishing of the power of white supremacy.
About the editors
Amanda Gebhard is a white settler scholar and assistant professor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in anti-racism education as a student, researcher, and instructor in education and social work faculties. Dr. Gebhard’s interdisciplinary research investigates racism and educational exclusions, the school/prison nexus and anti-racist pedagogy and practice. She has published widely on racism and whiteness in education in the Canadian prairies.
Sheelah McLean is a third-generation white settler who was born and raised on Treaty 6 Territory. Dr. McLean has worked in education for thirty years teaching high school, adult education and graduate and undergraduate courses in anti-racism at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an organizer with the Idle No More network. As a scholar and community organizer, her work has focused on research projects and actions that address inequality, particularly on how white dominance is created and maintained within a white settler society. She is a curriculum developer for San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program.
Verna St. Denis is a professor of education and special advisor to the president on anti-racism/anti-oppression at the University of Saskatchewan, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in integrated anti-racist education for many years. She is both Cree and Metis and a member of the Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation. Dr. St. Denis is a widely sought-after speaker on the topic of racism in education. Her research and scholarship are in anti-racist and Indigenous education, and she has published extensively on these topics. See less
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