We cannot deny that racism has always been — and continues to be — prevalent in Canada.
What we can do is act on it. Educating ourselves is a good starting point.
Here are forms of media (books, podcasts, social media accounts, websites) that highlight racism’s impact on Black and Indigenous communities in Canada.
The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole
Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware
BlackLife: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom by Rinaldo Walcott and Idil Abdillahi
A Mind Spread Out on the Ground by Alicia Elliott
My Conversations With Canadians by Lee Maracle
The Secret Life of Birchtown
The Secret Life of the North
Shout Out: Rosemary Brown
The province of Jamaica
The Indian Act
Crash Course on “Uncle Tom”
Crash Course on Black Nurses
What’s the deal with blackface?
Kanesatake 300 Years Later (Part 1)
Kanesatake 300 Years Later (Part 2)
Websites and Social Media Accounts:
A Different Booklist: an independent bookstore specializing in Black literature and literature from the Global South diaspora
Another Story Bookshop: an independent bookstore specializing in literature on social justice, equity and diversity
Sandy Hudson: founder of Black Lives Matter – Toronto, political strategist, communications expert, host of Sandy and Nora, co-editor of Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada
Syrus Marcus Ware: community activist, youth-advocate and educator, visual artist, core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto
Robyn Maynard: author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present
Desmond Cole: author of The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power, activist, journalist
Duncan McCue: award-winning CBC journalist who created a guide for journalists called Reporting in Indigenous Communities
The Festival of Literary Diversity (The FOLD): a festival in Canada for diverse authors and storytellers
The Anti-Racism Community Collective: Educational toolkit for BIPoC and allies