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Media Toolkit on Black and Indigenous Racism in Canada


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.

Books:

The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole

Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present by Robyn Maynard

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

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

My Conversations With Canadians by Lee Maracle

Podcasts: 

The Secret Life of Canada

Notable episodes:

Season 1: 

The Secret Life of Birchtown

The Secret Life of the North

Shout Out: Rosemary Brown

Season 2: 

Bay Blanket

Water

The province of Jamaica

The Indian Act

The Nanny

Season 3: 

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)

Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo

Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams?

Colour Code: A podcasts about race in Canada

Sandy and Nora Talk Politics

Notable episodes:

Episode 4: police, Pride and protecting their own

Episode 67 – Canada’s genocise denial complex

Episode 103 – Abolish the police

Episode 75 – #BlackFaceTrudeau and Canadian White Supremacy

Websites and Social Media Accounts: 

A Different Booklist: an independent bookstore specializing in Black literature and literature from the Global South diaspora

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

Another Story Bookshop: an independent bookstore specializing in literature on social justice, equity and diversity

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

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

Instagram

Twitter

Syrus Marcus Ware: community activist, youth-advocate and educator, visual artist, core-team member of Black Lives Matter – Toronto

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

Robyn Maynard: author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present 

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

Desmond Cole: author of The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power, activist, journalist

Twitter

Duncan McCue: award-winning CBC journalist who created a guide for journalists called Reporting in Indigenous Communities

Twitter

RIIC website

The Festival of Literary Diversity (The FOLD): a festival in Canada for diverse authors and storytellers

Instagram

Twitter

Facebook

The Anti-Racism Community Collective: Educational toolkit for BIPoC and allies

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

About the author

Previous Managing Editor at | Website

Ramona Leitao is the previous managing editor of Youth Mind. When not writing, or taking photos, you’ll find her baking her signature baguettes while crying to Studio Ghibli soundtracks.

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