Retreat a safe place to explore anti-racism

A residential weekend/retreat to explore anti-racism and our Tiriti o Waitangi responsibilities to Māori will be held in Auckland in November.   Master Class: Strengthening Anti-Racism Praxis is an interactive programme tailored to participants with a focus on fostering practical strategies to eliminate racism. The retreat to be held from November 9  to 11 at Kotare: Centre for Social Change, Hoteo North is a safe space tailored to participants with a focus on fostering practical strategies to eliminate racism. It includes technical input, skill-sharing, problem-solving, planning, network building and time with activist elders. The facilitators are Susan da Silva, Dr Heather Came and Italian/English activist, Miriam Gioia Sessa. Ms da Silva is well-known in Northland and throughout New Zealand for her work with te Tiriti o Waitangi issues. She has worked with organisations nationally, regionally and locally providing professional development for staff working in early childhood, social services and health services. Since her arrival in Northland, Susan has worked as the Paediatric Social Worker for the Northland DHB and, after 15 years at NorthTec, she is now a Social Worker at Whangarei Boys High School. Dr Came is a seventh generation New Zealander with an extensive  background in the health sector and social justice activism. An activist scholar based at Auckland University of Technology she is a member of Tāmaki Tiriti Workers and founding member of STIR: Stop Institutional Racism. Miriam Gioia Sessa is an Italian/English activist who began feminist and social justice activism at 14 while living Rome. She is currently working in the sexual violence sector in New Zealand. The retreat will start at 6 pm on Friday night and finish at 2pm on Sunday. The cost is $250 for institution and $115 for other with free registration for those coming from the South Island or overseas. A maximum of 25 participants with a base understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi is required. Contact  or 021 539063 for registration form and more details.