February 17-19th
Quest University Canada
Multipurpose Room

Quest University’s second annual Power, Race and Privilege Symposium will take place on the unceded territory of the Skwxwú7mesh peoples. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work and learn in this blessed territory.

This Symposium is a student created and organized event that is hosted by the Student Representative Council in collaboration with Quest’s administration and its Diversity and Equity Committee. The symposium aims to foster critical awareness and dialogue about the dynamics of racial oppression and inequality. By putting Quest faculty and students in conversation with other respected scholars and activists, we hope to deepen our understanding of the ways that power and marginalization function both on our campus and beyond.

We are excited and honoured to learn from a wide range scholars and activists who bring with them diverse understandings of oppression and resistance. We acknowledge that there are many other stories and ways of knowing that exist, and hope that we can be one small part of broader movements for liberation.

We, the student organizers and the Quest community, invite you to participate in this free event!

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Taiaiake Alfred
Decolonization, Reconciliation
and Indigenous Resurgence

University of Victoria (UVic)

Taiaiake Alfred is a full Professor and founding Director of the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. He specializes in traditions of governance, decolonization strategies, and land-based cultural restoration. Taiaiake has been awarded a Canada Research Chair in the studies of Indigenous Peoples, a Canadian National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the field of education, and the United States’ Native American Journalists Association award for best column writing.

Educated at Concordia University in Québec and Cornell University in New York, where he earned his Ph.D. in comparative government, Taiaiake has served as a researcher and advisor for his own and many other Indigenous governments and organizations, including the Canadian Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, for twenty-five years. His writing includes many scholarly articles and contributed essays in newspapers and journals, substantial book-length project reports for First Nations and government clients, as well as three published books, Wasáse (University of Toronto Press, 2005), named one of the decade’s most influential books by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association in 2010; Peace, Power, Righteousness (Oxford University Press, 1999); and, Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors (Oxford University Press, 1995).

Taiaiake was born in Montréal in 1964. He is Mohawk and was raised on the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, where aside from service in the US Marine Corps as an infantryman during the 1980s, he lived until 1996 when he moved to the territory of the Wsanec Nation. He now divides his time between Kahnawake and Victoria, BC.

Workshop Schedule

Registration Required 

Friday, February 17th


Dr. Anthony Kwame Harrison

Being on Campus—Articulations of Togetherness and Difference

In this workshop we will explore college campuses as places of sameness and difference, stability and change. Specifically, we will consider the roles that branding, traditions, and established norms play in cultivating collective campus identities; as well as how diversities, uniquenesses, and generational reiterations work to produce dynamic, evolving, and meaningfully differentiated campus communities. Through exchanging testimonies of belonging and not belonging, willingly assimilating and articulating what makes each of us extra-ordinary, participants will reflect on the benefits and limitations of celebrating togetherness versus valuing differences within university spaces. Ultimately, we will build towards a greater recognition of diverse perspectives on belonging and not belonging to a campus community, and interrogate the power of social institutions in creating dissimilar experiences of being on campus. This workshop will include: storytelling, sharing, and Arts & Crafts.


FatPanic! Vancouver

Fat-Ass Bad-Asses Invite You In To Fat Brilliance

This interactive workshop will be led by badass QTBIPOC (Queer/Trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color) fat activists Lydia Luk, Anna Sole, and Shilo George. In this workshop we will cover foundational fat activism concepts such as using the word “fat” as a political term, how fat oppression relates to other oppressions intersectionally, and differences between fat hatred, fat oppression, and body image. Furthering the conversation, workshop facilitators will individually cover aspects of fat discrimination including healthism and fatness, race and fatness, and other topics. This workshop will provide a balance of information from an activist lens, an academic lens, and cultural lenses including Indigeneity with storytelling and personal narrative to give vibrancy to the facts and figures presented. Come prepared with an open heart and an open mind to experience the badassery of fat activism.


Art show:

This Art is Political

Engage with issues of power, race, and privilege through art.

Sunday, February 19th:


Carmen Cool MA, LPC

Disrupting Diet Culture: Healing our relationship with food and our bodies

We were born into diet culture without our consent. Diet culture hurts us individually and collectively – and it takes both collective and individual work to disengage and heal.
Many of us work towards a world that welcomes all bodies – but we may struggle with our own relationship with food. Our bodies can be our allies and trusted partners. If you want a brave and compassionate space to explore the ways you relate to food and learn skills to build a relationship with your body as a trusted partner, please join us.


Opening Remarks / 9:00-9:30am, MPR

Intersections in Body Injustice and Fat Resistance / 9:35-10:50am, MPR / Carmen Cool (MA, LPC), Shilo George, Lydia Luk, & Anna Soole

Is Intersectionality the Heart of Activism? /  11:00-12:15am, MPR / Audrey Siegl, Ajay Puri, & Celia Pratt

Critical Perspectives on Outdoor Sports / 1:00-2:15pm, MPR / Dr. Anthony Kwame Harrison, Desiree Wallace, & Kate Luebkeman

Racialized Masculinities / 2:20-3:35pm, MPR / Dr. Fei Shi & Dr. JP Catungal

Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Higher Education / 3:50-5:05pm, MPR / Dr. Peter Englert, Gina Corpuz, Erin Freeland Ballantyne & Mandee McDonald

Immigrant and Migrant Experiences / 5:05-6:20pm, MPR / Dr. Ahalya Satkunaratnam, Okong’o Kinyanjui, Members of the Welcome Centre Settlement Program

Keynote Address: Decolonization, Reconciliation and Indigenous Resurgence / 7:30-9:00pm / Dr. Taiaiake Alfred

Closing Remarks / 9-9:15pm, MPR

Campus & Location

Located within the unceded territory of the Squamish Nation in the dramatic landscape of the Sea-to-Sky region, on the edge of the Pacific rim, and close to the dynamic city of Vancouver, this place shapes who we are and how we learn. Visit our Campus & Location page.

Contact Us:

3200 University Boulevard
Squamish, BC . Canada V8B0N8
Phone: (+1) 604 898-8000
Fax: (+1) 604 815-0829