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Otago/Southland PHA branch 'Dealing with your Racist Uncle'

  • 29 Mar 2020
  • 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Available on RSVP

Registration is closed

Event cancelled

We are sorry but due to the uncertainty of the situation with COVID-19 and as a precautionary measure we are cancelling this event.

Please do go to Te Tiriti-based Futures & Anti-racism 2020 to register for one of the many great webinars on offer.

Please see the Ministry of Health COVID-19 webpage to keep updated.

Otago/Southland PHA branch 'Dealing with your Racist Uncle'

The Otago/Southland branch of the Public Health Association is hosting a special gathering in Ōtepoti/Dunedin this month to bring people together for a ‘Watch Session’. We will come together to watch a live streamed conference presentation as part of the Te Tiriti Based Futures & Anti-Racism 2020 online conference. The title of the session is ‘Dealing with your Racist Uncle’. The Kaikōrero / Speakers of this presentation are Jessie Dennis & Gaayathri Nair.

The live stream begins at 4pm.

Please bring some snacks to share, chilled water will be available.


See attached for full programme or link

Webinar: Dealing with your Racist Uncle​

Are you worried about the pervasiveness of racism in New Zealand? Do you struggle with knowing how to handle racist comments and conversations when they are happening around you? Learn to engage with racism in ways that make space for meaningful change and minimise defensive reactions. In this workshop you will get a chance to:

1) Develop a criteria so that you can make quick decisions as to when intervention from you is necessary

2) Practise having types of conversations that have the potential to challenge racism in a way that is productive

3) Focus on how we can having loving relationships that also hold people accountable when they have views that can hurt people.


Jessie Dennis is a local activist and community organiser. She is studying towards her masters in psychology and is the Training Manager at The Workshop. She has focussed on mahi in areas of climate justice, sexual and domestic violence issues, and anti-racism. 

Gaayathri Nair is a counsellor in an institutional setting and works with clients who have experienced a lot of trauma. Before becoming a counsellor she worked extensively in the field of women's rights advocacy both in Aotearoa and overseas. 

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