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An Evening with Annahid Dashtgard

Thursday Oct 24 2019 7:30 pm, Winnipeg, Grant Park in the Travel Alcove

In conversation with Lenard Monkman and signing Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation (House of Anansi Press).

In this time of rising nationalism and xenophobia, people are polarizing along racial and identity lines. Where can we turn for hopeful yet realistic narratives of the healing that is possible in relationship? In Breaking the Ocean, Annahid Dashtgard addresses the long-term impacts of immigration and racism and the chance we all have to create our own happily-ever-after. Breaking the Ocean urges us to acknowledge our differences, offering new possibilities for understanding through the revolutionary power of resilience. Join us for this timely conversation on what it means to belong, what it takes to become whole, and ultimately what is required to create change in ourselves and in society. 

Annahid Dashtgard (M.Ed.) is the co-founder of Anima Leadership, a highly respected international consulting company specializing in issues of diversity and inclusion. Previously she was a leader in the anti-corporate globalization movement. She is the host of the podcast series Breaking the Ocean: Soundwaves of Belonging and the director of two award-winning documentaries. Her writing has appeared in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and Briarpatch magazine. Dashtgard lives in Toronto with her husband and children.

Host Lenard Monkman is Anishinaabe from Lake Manitoba First Nation. He is father of two wonderful kids. He works as a journalist with the CBC’s Indigenous unit in Winnipeg.

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Breaking the Ocean

- by Annahid Dashtgard

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Annahid Dashtgard was born into a supportive mixed-race family in 1970s Iran. Then came the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which ushered in a powerful and orthodox religious regime. Her family was forced to flee their homeland, immigrating to a small town in Alberta, Canada. As a young girl, Dashtgard was bullied, shunned, and ostracized by both her peers at school and adults in the community. Home offered little respite as her parents were embroiled in their own struggles, exposing the sharp contrasts between her British mother and Persian father.

Determined to break free from her past, Dashtgard created a new identity for herself as a driven young woman who found strength through political activism, eventually becoming a leader in the anti-corporate globalization movement of the late 1990s. But her unhealed trauma was re-activated following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Suffering burnout, Dashtgard checked out of her life and took the first steps towards personal healing, a journey that continues to this day.

Breaking the Ocean introduces a unique perspective on how racism and systemic discrimination result in emotional scarring and ongoing PTSD. It is a wake-up call to acknowledge our differences, offering new possibilities for healing and understanding through the revolutionary power of resilience. Dashtgard answers the universal questions of what it means to belong, what it takes to become whole, and ultimately what is required to create change in ourselves and in society.