Anti-Racism Resource Guide

As an organization that advocates for the issue of sexual violence, we recognize the role institutions and societies play in acts of violence and the importance of intersectionality when analyzing these acts.

This resource guide is a starting point for educating yourself and others on the way racism impacts our societies, communities, and families while being the root cause of violence against racial minorities around the world.

If you are feeling triggered by the recent devastation in the news, we have included mental health and support resources to help you in this time. If you want to become an ally this is a great place to start. 

This document will continue to be updated as new resources are discovered or created.

PETITIONS

FIND SUPPORT

  • Basic and Immediate Sexual Violence Resources for Somali Canadians: Crisis intervention, mental health resources, basic needs and legal resources.
  • Black Youth Helpline Toll Free: 1-833-294-8659
  • Online Therapy Unit: offers adults free Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for a number of mental health concerns. Online Cognitive Behaviour Therapy involves reviewing educational material online with the support of a therapist or a guide. The approach is found to be effective and is a convenient way to receive care.
  • Afircan Canadian Resource Network: ACRN is an action-oriented, resource organization dedicated to supporting the capacity development of the African-Canadian Community in Saskatchewan in strategic areas such as public and business leadership.

BE AN ALLY

LEARN:

Anti-Racist Resource Guide by Victoria Alexander MEd

Anti-Racism for Beginners and White People

75 Things White People Can do for Racial Justice

Robyn Maynard’s Black Lives Matter Syllabus: a collection of educational resources for self-education.

5 Black Women Talk About Their Lives In Canada–Past, Present And Future

Q&A: Author Robyn Maynard on Anti-Black Racism, Misogyny, and Policing in Canada

Books:

  • How to be Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
    •  In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.
  • Black Feminist Thoughts by Patricial Hill Collins
    • In Black Feminist Thought, Patricia Hill Collins explores the words and ideas of Black feminist intellectuals as well as those African-American women outside academe. She provides an interpretive framework for the work of such prominent Black feminist thinkers as Angela Davis, bell hooks, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde. The result is a superbly crafted book that provides the first synthetic overview of Black feminist thought.
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
    • Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey, complete with journal prompts, to do the necessary and vital work that can ultimately lead to improving race relations.
  • White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard For White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DeAngelo
    • In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine).
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness by Michelle Alexander
    • The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth Of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
    • Anderson pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, rendering visible the long lineage of white rage. Compelling and dramatic in the unimpeachable history it relates, White Rage will add an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.
  • The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
    • Month-by-month, Cole creates a comprehensive picture of entrenched, systemic inequality. Urgent, controversial, and unsparingly honest, The Skin We’re In is destined to become a vital text for anti-racist and social justice movements in Canada, as well as a potent antidote to the all-too-present complacency of many white Canadians.
  • Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard 
    • Delving behind Canada’s veneer of multiculturalism and tolerance, Policing Black Lives traces the violent realities of anti-blackness from the slave ships to prisons, classrooms, and beyond. Robyn Maynard provides listeners with the first comprehensive account of nearly 400 years of state-sanctioned surveillance, criminalization, and punishment of black lives in Canada.
  • 21 Things You Didn’t Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph
    • Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.
  • Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga 
    • Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.
  • The Inconvenient Indian: A curious Account of Native People in North America byThomas King 
    • The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history—in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.
  • In My Own Moccasins by Helen Knott
    • In My Own Moccasins is an unflinching account of addiction, intergenerational trauma, and the wounds brought on by sexual violence. It is also the story of sisterhood, the power of ceremony, the love of family, and the possibility of redemption. With gripping moments of withdrawal, times of spiritual awareness, and historical insights going back to the signing of Treaty 8 by her great-great grandfather, Chief Bigfoot, her journey exposes the legacy of colonialism, while reclaiming her spirit.
  • Toss Under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis
    • A revelatory portrait of eight Indigenous communities from across North America, shown through never-before-published archival photographs.
  • 31 Children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

LISTEN:

Podcasts:

  • Culture Clinic by Saskatoon Open Door Society
    • Listen to hosts Anita Ogurlu and Michael Afenfia share stories that will inspire, teach and strengthen the bonds of friendship between newcomers and Canadians.
  • Colour Code by The Globe and Mail
    • If there’s one thing Canadians avoid, it’s talking about race. This podcast is here to change that. Join hosts  Denise Balkissoon and Hannah Sung for a new conversation on race in Canada. We won’t have all the answers but we do ask bold questions.
  • 1619 by The New York Times
    • In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English Colony of Virgina. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. On the 400th anniversary of this fateful moment, it is time to tell the story.
  • About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge
    • From the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race comes a podcast that takes the conversation a step further. Featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-race activism, About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge looks at the recent history that lead to the politics of today.
  • Code Switch by NPR
    • What’s CODE SWITCH? It’s the fearless conversations about race that you’ve been waiting for! Hosted by journalists of color, our podcast tackles the subject of race head-on. We explore how it impacts every part of society – from politics and pop culture to history, sports, and everything in between. This podcast makes ALL OF US part of the conversation – because we’re all part of the story.
  • Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
    • Intersectionality Matters! Is a podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, An American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.
  • Scene on Radio (Season 2: Seeing White)
    • Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story. Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for? Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams.
  • Coffee With My Ma (Host Kaniehtiio Horn)
    • My radical activist mother Kahentinetha Horn tells me stories of her very long adventurous life, always with the sense of humour that carried herthrough.
  • Missing and Murdered (CBC)
    • Sparked by a chilling tip, season one is an eight-part podcast investigation that unearths new information and potential suspects in the cold case of a young Indigenous woman murdered in British Columbia in 1989. 
  • Secret Life of Canada (Co-hosts Falen Johnson and Leah Simone Bowen)
    • The Secret Life of Canada is a history Podcast about the country you know and the stories you don’t.
  • Red Man Laughing season 5 (Created, written, and hosted by Anishinaabe comedian Ryan McMahon)
    • An entire season dedicated to conversations, explorations, and investigations into reconciliation.
  • The Truth Sharing Podcasts (Eagle Vision)
    • The Truth Sharing Podcasts is a project inspired by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, that gives life to the truth and creates a living legacy of commemoration. This series of podcasts visited five Canadian communities to seek out and give voice to those who have experienced loss, examine the ways in which those affected are trying to heal, and shine a light on those trying to bring about positive change.⁣⁣

WATCH:

National Film Board of Canada

  • A series of videos and documentaries on anti-racism

ACT:

Ways You Can Help:

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

  • Includes who to donate too, petitions to sign, and link to #BlackLivesMatterCanada

Donate:

  • George Floyd Memorial Fund
    • This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George.  A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.
  • Minnesota Freedom Fund
    • The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.
  • Federation of Black Canadians
    • The Federation of Black Canadians advances the social, economic, political and cultural interests of Canadians of African descent.
  • Black Women in Motion
    • Black Women in Motion is a Toronto-based, youth-led organization that empowers and supports the advancement of black womxn and survivors of sexual violence.
  • Black Health Alliance
    • The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.
  • Black Visions Collective
    • Black Visions Collective envisions a world in which ALL Black Lives Matter. We use the guidance and brilliance of our ancestors as well as the teachings of our own experiences to pursue our commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and violence. We are determined in our pursuit of dignity and equity for all. 
  • Campaign Zero
    • Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide. 
  • Unicorn Riot
    • Unicorn Riot is a decentralized, educational 501(c)(3) non-profit media organization of artists and journalists. Our work is dedicated to exposing root causes of dynamic social and environmental issues through amplifying stories and exploring sustainable alternatives in today’s globalized world.
  • Know Your Rights Camp
    • Their mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.

 

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