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My Perspective, My Voice

Posted on April 8, 2022

Presented by the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, And Research (SIETAR) BC, the My Perspective, My Voice video series highlights the stories and perspectives of individuals who have traditionally been marginalised in society. The intention of this video series is to promote greater awareness and understanding about marginalisation and to help create a more inclusive world for all. Speaking from their own lived history, each storyteller will share their experiences on topics spanning racism, poverty, access to education, and gender discrimination.

Running as a series of live virtual events held Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., the project has a strong VCC connection. Shantel Ivits, Department Head for Basic Education will be featured on Tuesday, April 12 and Jimmy Aitken, Indigenous Engagement Advisor will be featured on Tuesday, June 21. Tanya Cowie, an instructor in VCC’s English as an Additional Language (EAL) department, is one of the key organizers of this event.

View all speakers and topics and register for this free video series.

Watch the trailer:


SIETAR BC seeks to advance cultural competency and racial literacy. Cultural competency refers to the skills that promote positive and inclusive cross-cultural relationships, and racial literacy refers to the capacity to see, understand, and respond to racism and build racial equity.

To achieve its mission, SIETAR offers programs, workshops, and events to provide individuals and organizations an opportunity to:

  • Build effective intercultural relations
  • Develop awareness of racism and ways to respond to it
  • Understand how culture affects education, policymaking and business
  • Connect with SIETAR members and global Intercultural Professionals