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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 1 will include practical training to help participants interrupt and address racism wherever they find it. This training teaches the history of bystander intervention, an overview of racism and its various forms, and an introduction to various constructive ways to intervene during instances of racism.

Participants will begin to recognize ways they can use practical anti-racism tools to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour in their communities.

Fee Structure for Bystander Intervention Training

Two-part Training: $1000 to $1250 * Additional fees may apply depending on:

  • If the session is in person or online
  • If there are travel considerations
  • If there is need for customization
  • The size of your organization
  • Your for-profit or not-for-profit status
  • The number of staff and business stakeholders taking the training

(Module 1 and 2. Both modules must be taken consecutively)

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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.

ICA’s Bystander Intervention Training 2 includes focused practice using the 5D strategies, de-escalation tools, and how to safely engage with perpetrators. Participants will build on their knowledge of various forms of racism, and how to recognize racist acts. The session will build on Bystander 1’s training on the differences between subtle forms of racism/discrimination, such as microaggressions, to overt racism: systemic barriers, physical violence, and other unfair treatment. Participants will go through various everyday scenarios requiring intervention and identify which appropriate strategies to use.
Bystander Intervention Training 2 builds on and follows Bystander 1. Completing both trainings is recommended. For further information, please contact our ICA team.

“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

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
  • how to de-escalate situations and use active listening skills

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

Contact Us 

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

Anti-Racism Training

The Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) helps individuals and organizations fight racism by providing information, training and tools to help businesses and organizations create a diverse, welcoming and equitable workplace and community.

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