What is it?
Teach Me to Thunder is a practical, hands-on training manual for anti-racism trainers, written by anti-racism trainers in Ottawa. It contains descriptions of 30 modules, each outlining detailed ‘lesson plans’ including objectives and ideas about how to introduce activities and address issues that may come up during a session. The topics range from cultural stereotyping to organizational and systemic racism and the need for change. The manual uses experiential training principles, rather than a lecture-based approach, to actively engage participants in their learning. Each activity was implemented and refined many times over a timeframe of over five years with diverse participants (clerical, front-line workers, managers and policy makers), in a range of in-person training settings (schools, community centres, workplaces) and across sectors (social services, public health, education and government).
Is it still relevant?
Teach Me To Thunder was published in 1997 and contains outdated statistics and some gaps. But even after 20 years, we are still getting requests for it – unfortunately, systemic racism, discrimination and cultural stereotyping are still part of everyday life for many of us in Canada. We all lose by failing to fully engage all of us – our full skills, talents, and life experiences – in our society. The stakes are much higher, and the loss deeper, for the many who directly suffer from racism and discrimination. We don’t have the time or resources to update this manual, but since there is still a demand, we are making it accessible to anyone who may find it useful. We encourage you to select whatever you find helpful, and adapt it to your setting, your interests, and today’s issues; and to forgive the inevitable errors, gaps, and lapses there are in a 20-year-old work.
What would we like to receive in return?
Teach Me To Thunder used to be sold at cost (for $50). We are making it available to you as a pdf free of charge. If you can, we would appreciate it if you could donate whatever amount you can afford to the non-profit community organization Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa https://www.immigrantwomenservices.com/donate/.
We would also appreciate hearing back from you about your experiences using the training manual.
Alma, Mechthild, and Gordon
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