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Bystander Intervention Training

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

For Organizations / Groups: $1000

($500 each for Bystander Module 1 and 2. Both must modules be taken consecutively)

For Individuals

Please sign up to our mailing list for updates on upcoming Bystander Training Sessions open for individual sign up.

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.

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

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

Upcoming Bystander Intervention Training Events

ICA is excited to announce our upcoming Bystander Intervention Training Sessions!
This training provides individuals practical ways to navigate tough conversations and situations around race. Our two-part training is for individuals of all ages who want to move beyond silence and be active upstanders when they see instances of racism or discrimination.
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

Contact Us 

Tariro Murwira, Community Engagement Coordinator
Email: tmurwira@icavictoria.org
Phone: 250.388.4728 Ext. 167

Funding for this program was provided through the
City of Victoria’s Participatory Budgeting.

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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