Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School
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Rebecca feels blessed to work with an individual who shares her worldview on social justice issues. His name is Steve Berry and he is the African-Nova Scotia Student Support Worker at my school. Together they work every day to support all students and help them to find success. However, they believe it is vitally important to support those students from marginalized groups within society who have neither the power nor the privilege afforded to many other students within their school community.
Rebecca teaches Mi’kmaw Studies 10, a course devoted to examining the history and culture of the First People of Atlantic Canada. However, she has developed the course into a substantial examination of the systemic racism experienced by all Aboriginal people within Canada. This racism still exists today because of colonization, the legacy of the Residential Schools and the Indian Act. Generally, this is the only course she teaches which means she teaches it to about 200 students each year.
In March 2012, Steve and Rebecca created an opportunity to give a voice to a group of students who were never before asked to talk about their life experiences. Within a talking circle, they spoke honestly about the racism and classism they have faced in their young lives. Their stories were video-taped. The result was a life-changing experience for all who were involved. They premiered the video at a school-wide assembly to mark The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The group became known as No Glory Productions.