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Bystander Intervention Training



Tools for Equity

ICA’s Tools for Equity training program for businesses and organizations, addresses racial disparities and employment barriers faced by immigrants, refugees, and communities of colour in the Capital Regional District.

ICA’s Bystander Intervention Training is a two-part module that is for individuals who want to move beyond silence, and be active bystanders when they see instances of racism or discrimination. Our Bystander Intervention Training is for people of all ages and backgrounds. The tools in this training can be used for any instances needing an active bystander and are relevant for intervention during discrimination on the grounds of race, disability, gender, nationality, class and age, and more. Participants will begin to recognize ways they can use practical anti-racism tools to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in their communities.

Note: Although the Bystander program can be taken as a standalone training session by organizations/community members, it is also part of our larger Tools for Equity Program and we highly encourage all organizations to take the full program if we are to have any hope of creating sustainable systemic change.

Our Bystander Program is RIGHT for you if:
  • You would like to learn practical ways to support Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in your community, school, workplace etc.

And, if your group or organization;

  • cares about creating a workplace culture that supports diverse staff/individuals
  • wants to embed pro-dignity practices in the culture
  • wants to receive valuable training for professional development, staff/member training and capacity building
  • values practical tools to create change
  • wants to build capacity to better serve diverse clients/communities
Participants will learn:
  • how to recognize and respond to racist incidents
  • the history and practices of Bystander Intervention
  • strategies to interrupt racism in different contexts and spaces
  • strategies to hold difficult conversations about race
  • how to de-escalate situations and use active listening skills
Session structure:

Two-part training, with Bystander 1 and 2 both at 2.5 hours each. Bystander 2 builds on and follows Bystander 1. Both sessions must be completed and taken consecutively.


We have directly trained

3000 individuals in how to
intervene during racist incidents.


On average, 85%+ of
attendees report that they
feel more confident to
respond to racism after
taking ICA’s Bystander Training.


We have trained 47

communities across
Canada and the United States.

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Contact Us 

Tariro Murwira, Community Engagement Coordinator
Email: tmurwira@icavictoria.org
Phone: 250.388.4728 Ext. 2167

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“I want to express my gratitude for the learning achieved through the Bystander Intervention Training. It was excellent. Your enthusiasm and energetic facilitation was a critical aspect of the training’s success. Your personal stories of taking action made the learning immediate and applicable. I feel so much better prepared to take action in the face of racist behaviour. I’ve made the shift to Upstander thanks to this training.”

Dacia Moss

Bystander Intervention Training

I am so happy that I completed both the bystander 1 and 2 training modules as it gave me the tools and confidence I need to become an effective upstander. I came into these sessions with an understanding of what racism and microaggressions are and the importance of speaking up, but never quite knew how. After learning in the safe, interactive space created by Tari and the ICA, I now feel ready to be the ally and upstander I want and need to be.

Ashton Kerr / Program Manager, Lower Mainland Green Team

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