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Alternative Education 

Spring Webinar Series 


These workshops are intended for teacher candidates and graduate students

The Teacher Candidates of Colour (TCC) Collective, is excited to announce the Spring Webinar Series beginning March 15-18, and 26 2021. The Spring Webinar Series is made possible with the support and funding from the Vice-Dean of Governance and Student Affairs, Dr. Francis Bangou’s office. Our series will feature four speakers, each speaking on a different evening (i.e. 6pm or 7pm EST), to provide teacher candidates, graduate students, and teachers an opportunity to learn and (un)learn. Our esteemed speakers will speak on a variety of topics: Teaching Indigenous Histories, Microaggressions in the Classroom, Building Community in the Math Classroom, Black Canadian Counternarratives in the Classroom and Intersecting Identities. 

Additional Information: Due to COVID-19, all our events will be online on Zoom. At the moment, we regret that we will be unable to provide ASL interpretation and live captioning (in English) for these events. However, we are working  in making our online events and workshops more accessible to all. 

Day One —March 15, 2021 Teaching Indigenous Histories

Frankie Cote (He/Him); JD (Law), B.A. (Public Administration) MN (Communication)

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Facilitator Bio: Join the uOttawa TCC Collective for a webinar, facilitated by Frankie Cote. Frankie is a band council member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg (KZA) clan. Frankie has completed the Juris Doctor program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He articled as a Law student with the National law firm Borden Ladner Gervais Ottawa Office. In 2015, Frankie received his call to the bar from the Law Society of Upper Canada, allowing him to practice Law. Frankie has worked with various Indigenous communities as a tenure for the Band council for Matrimonial Real Property Legislative Coordinator. Frankie is now his community’s chief negotiator for the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-determination table discussions. Thus, allowing him to gain a deeper understanding of current issues facing Indigenous communities today. As a lawyer, Frankie’s primary intention is to use his education and experience to give back to his community. 


Description: This webinar will focus on what educators can do to support Indigenous students. As well as understanding how historical events (such as the Indian act) continue to harm Indigenous communities today. Last, the roles we have as Educators to teach about Indigenous Histories. 

Day Two —March 16, 2021 Microaggressions in the Classroom

Tana Turner (She/Her); B.A. (Psych), B.A. (Soc), M.A. (Soc) 

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Register Here: Speaker on Microaggressions in the Classroom from 7-8:30pm EST

Facilitator Bio: Join the uOttawa TCC Collective for a webinar, facilitated by Tana Turner from Turner Consulting Group. Tana has over 30 years of expertise as an equity, diversity and inclusion consultant. She has been an independent consultant for the past 19 years and is a researcher, consultant, and advocate for social justice and systems change. As a consultant she works primarily with non-profits and public sector agencies to better serve the needs of a diverse provincial population, including a number of school boards.  


More recently, Tana has recently been appointed as an Adjunct Professor, in the Faculty  of Education at York University. To learn more about Tana, visit her website


Description: The focus of the workshop will be on the ways microaggressions manifest in the classroom and how teachers can address them.

Day Three —March 17, 2021 Building Community in the Math Classroom

Idil Abdulkadir (She/Her); BHSc, B. Ed., M.Ed.

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Register Here: Building Community in the Math Classroom from 6-7pm EST

Facilitator Bio: Join the uOttawa TCC Collective for a webinar, facilitated by Idil Abdulkadir. Idil is a high school S.T.E.M. educator in the Ottawa Region. She holds a Bachelors in Health Sciences and Masters of Arts in Education, where she studied the experience of first-generation university students. Her work explores issues of belonging, identity, and well-being to answer the question of how youth from marginalized communities form student identities. Idilnis also a Desmos Fellow and a Community Facilitator with Edutopia. To learn more about Idil visit:


Description: The focus of the workshop will be on the ways in which teachers can build community in the math classroom. In addition, the workshop focuses on the importance of humanizing Math and STEM for students of colour.

Day Four —March 18, 2021 Black Canadian Counternarratives in the Classroom

Natasha Henry (She/Her); President, Ontario Black History Society B.A. (Honours), B. Ed., M.Ed., OCT, PhD Candidate, Department of History, York University

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Facilitator Bio: Join the uOttawa TCC Collective, for a webinar facilitated by Natasha Henry. Natasha Henry is the president of the Ontario Black History Society. She is an educator, historian, and curriculum consultant, and her area of expertise is in the development of learning materials that focus on the African Canadian Diaspora experience. She is committed to disseminating the History of Black Canadians in the Curriculum. Natasha has also written several entries for the Canadian Encyclopaedia on African Canadian history. She is an award-winning curriculum developer and was the 2017 recipient of the ETFO Curriculum Development Award. To learn more about the work Natasha Henry is doing, visit her website:


Description: In this session, participants will learn about employing anti-racist pedagogy in the teaching of the historical experiences of Black Canadians.

Day Five- March 26, 2021 Intersecting Identities Workshop

Ahmed Abdullah (He/Him);  B.A.  Psych

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Facilitator Bio: Ahmed Abdallah (he/him) is the Conferences Coordinator at the Canadian Centre of Gender and Sexual Diversity. He was born and raised in the unceded and traditional territories of the Three Fires Confederacy comprised of the Ojibway, the Potawatomie, and the Odawa, more known as Windsor, Ontario. He has just recently completed his degree in Forensics and Psychology graduating from the University of Windsor. Ahmed has experience working with marginalized communities serving as the Vice President Student Services at the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance for two years. There, he focused his efforts on fairness for students, equity, advocacy, representation, and event programming across the campus. He facilitated and coordinated with students managing safer spaces such as the Womxn’s Centre, Pride Centre, Food Pantry, Peer Support Centre and more. Currently he sits as the 2Spirit and Queer Commissioner of the Canadian Federation of Students fighting for systemic equity and advocating for the representation of 2SLGBTQ+ students across Canada. If not working or exploring what life has to offer him, Ahmed likes to make music, hang out with friends, and sometimes stay in with his kitty to catch up on the latest popular TV shows and movies.

Description: Join the uOttawa TCC Collective for a webinar, facilitated by Ahmed Abdullah from the Canadian Centre for Gender + Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) on Intersecting Identities. The CCGSD is an organization that envisions a world in which people can shape the decisions that impact their lives, enjoy freedoms, and navigate an equal world free of violence. To learn more about this organization visit here:

TCC Collective and the EGSC Collaborations 

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