Cross Roads is a youth-made interactive visual novel that helps folks flex their anti-discrimination noticing, naming and responding muscles.
Cross Roads follows four teenagers in a friend group who are discovering biases
and gaps in knowledge in their daily lives and relationships: from anti-Indigenous
and anti-Black racism to classism, and transphobia. Players follow each
character’s path, see different scenes play out in different ways, and cultivate
their ‘Active Witnessing’ capacities in the process.
Key Game Elements
Reflective prompts to help players link the scenes they see to their own lived experience.
Pop-up definitions that put anti-oppression concepts into story-based context.
Alphabetized Glossary of terms in one easy to access spot
A Learning Zone framework to help chart learning and growth.
Youth Voice: Cross Roads features the voice of BC-based high schools students.
The main goal of the game is to assist teachers and students (grades 5-12)
in delving into creative and critical reflection work that:
Increases understanding of:
- inherited biases/prejudices in everyday life
- intersectional equity principles/practices
- ‘active witnessing’ responsiveness
Builds capacity to:
- notice, name and respond to discriminatory situations
- have and hold courageous conversations about racism and other intersecting inequities.
Cross Roads is currently in the BETA phase and we'd love to get your input.
Feel free to fill out whichever feedback form is right for you!
Minnie is a front-end web developer who was born in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Wauttuh Nations when she was 2 years old. She graduated from BCIT’s front-end web developer program in 2021 and since then, has enjoyed coding applications that make an impact on people’s lives in one way or another. In her spare time, she enjoys discovering new coffee shops and restaurants around the city and spending time with her dog, Milo. Feel free to check out her portfolio at https://www.minnietsai.com
Ivy Edad is a Filipinx writer born in Manila, Philippines. In 2014, they moved to the stolen territories of Katie, Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, ans Tsawwassen First Nations. Ivy has performed on stages across Canada as “ruthless” including the finals of Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in 2019 as part of Kwantlen Poetry Project. Their work can be found in pulpMAG, For Women Who Roar, and various other publications.
Giselle Vriesen is a young adult author and illustrator based on Vancouver Island Canada. She is also the co-creator of the Anti-Racism Course for Educators. Link to course: https://anti-racism-course-for-educators.teachable.com/ Instagram @gisellevriesen