Interested in learning more about racism and anti-racism in Canada? Here are some resources we’ve put together.
Racism in Canada
How Does Racism Hurt People?
Bollman, Eric. Mind Full: The CPA Podcast. Episodes of interest:
- Dr. Anusha Kassan: How to help people dealing with racial trauma (23 June 2020). [45 min.]
- Racial trauma and racial justice with Dr. Monnica Williams (25 June 2020). [45 min.]
Canadaland. “Chapter 3: Deathly low priority.” Thunder Bay Podcast (Oct. 28, 2018).
Canadian Psychological Association. “Psychology Works” Fact sheet: Racism. (8 Aug. 2020).
Canadian Public Health Association. Racism is a public health issue in Canada—it’s time to speak out. (17 Dec. 2018).
DasGupta, Nan, Shandal, V., Shadd, D. & Segal, A., with CivicAction. The pervasive reality of anti-Black racism in Canada. Boston Consulting Group (14 Dec. 2020).
Deschamps, Tara. Canadian people of colour carry an ’emotional tax’ at work. The Hamilton Spectator (24 July 2019).
Diaby, Jonathan. It’s 1920 in Saint-Jérôme, Que.. CBC (2 Mar. 2019).
Dowling-Savelle, Lindsay. “Q&A: Systemic racism in Canada’s health care system.” Medical Xpress (Oct. 19, 2020).
Martis, Eternity. When racism makes people sick. West End Phoenix (24 Nov. 2020).
Mastroianni, Julia. “Remedies for anti-Black racism in Canadian healthcare.” The Georgia Straight (Oct. 12, 2020).
Maynard, Robyn. “Canadian education is steeped in anti-Black racism.” The Walrus (Nov. 29, 2017).
Palmater, Pam. “Yes, Canada has a racism crisis and it’s killing Black and Indigenous peoples.” Canadian Dimension (June 3, 2020).
Pierre, Myrlande. Eradicating structural racism for Black Canadians. Policy Options (29 Mar. 2019).
Wilson, Jillian. This is what racial trauma does to the body and brain. HuffPost (1 July 2020).
Wu, Jade. Racism’s effects on Black mental health. Psychology Today (7 Oct. 2020).
Racism, Xenophobia & Extremism in Canada
Bollman, Eric. Violent extremism and radicalization with Dr. Ghayda Hassan. Mind Full: The CPA Podcast (7 Jan. 2021). [60 min.]
Murray, John. Former skinhead says white supremacy is part of Canadian identity. APTN Investigates (21 Feb. 2020). (Includes 23-minute video: ‘Inside Hate: Part 1’)
Perry, Barbara. The extreme right in Canada: What it is, and what to do about it? Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Ottawa, Canada (Jun. 2021).
Cargle, Rachel Elizabeth. #DoTheWork 30-day course.
Experiences Canada — Anti racism resources.
Experiences Canada — Reconciliation resources.
Government of Canada — Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat.
Lamont, Amélie. The guide to allyship (2021).
Terry, Ruth. How to be an active bystander when you see casual racism. New York Times (Oct. 29, 2020).
United Nations — Fight racism
University of Guelph. Anti-Black racism & allyship resources.
Indigenous Realities and History in Canada
Indigenous-Settler relations: Yesterday
- “Indian Act”
- “Pass system in Canada.”
- “Sixties Scoop”
- “Racial segregation of Indigenous peoples in Canada.”
- “Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples”
Indigenous-Settler relations: Today & Tomorrow
Alfred, Taiaiake. “For Indigenous nations to live, colonial mentalities must die.” Policy Options (Oct. 13, 2017).
Palmater, Pam. “Abolishing the Indian Act means eliminating First Nations’ rights.” Maclean’s (Oct. 10, 2019).
Palmater, Pam. “What we’re seeing in 2020 is Idle No More 2.0.” Maclean’s (Sep. 15, 2020).
Schiffer, Jeffrey J. “Why Aboriginal peoples can’t just ‘Get over it’: Understanding and addressing intergenerational trauma.” Here to Help BC (2016).
Walia, Harsha. “Summary of the MMIWG Inquiry Final Report” Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (Jun. 28, 2019).
Wotton, Pandora. “Indigenous realities: Tayka Raymond calls on participants to ‘Decolonize your mind’.” The McGill Daily (Nov. 25, 2019).
Black Realities and History in Canada
Black History in Canada
- “Sleeping car porters in Canada.”
- “Black enslavement in Canada.”
- “Racial segregation of Black people in Canada.”
Nova Scotia Archives. “African Nova Scotians in the age of slavery and abolition.”
Black Loyalists: “Our History, Our People. “Our Story”.
Van Dyk, Lindsay. “Shaping a community: Black refugees in Nova Scotia.” Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
CBC | Firsthand: “The First Reported Race Riot in North American Happened in Canada”
Nova Scotia Archives. “Gone but never forgotten: Bob Brooks’ photographic portrait of Africville in the 1960s.”
Jamal, Urooba. “The rebirth of Vancouver’s historically Black neighbourhood.” Vice (Feb. 28, 2019).
Johnson, Kathy. “Black Loyalist descendants from Sierra Leone return to their Birchtown roots.” Saltwire Network (Sep 3, 2019).
Canada the Good?: White Supremacy & Settler Colonialism
Coburn, Veldon & Shaw, Devin Zane. “The real “justice” denied to Boushie.” Policy Options (Feb 15, 2018).
Eidinger, Andrea & York-Bertram, Sarah. Imagining a better future: An introduction to teaching and learning about settler colonialism in Canada. Unwritten Histories (Feb. 20, 2018).
Henry, Annette. “Dear white people, wake up: Canada is racist.” The Conversation (Sept 6, 2017)
Lindberg, Darcy “The myth of the Wheat King and the killing of Colten Boushie.” The Conversation (Mar 1, 2018).
MacDonald, David: “’Clearing the plains’ continues with the acquittal of Gerald Stanley.” The Conversation (Feb 11, 2018).
Nelson, Charmaine. “The Canadian narrative about slavery is wrong.” The Walrus (Jul. 21, 2017).
Policing in Canada: Justice for Whom?
Canadaland Podcasts. “The Police 2: The Secret History of the RCMP.” Commons (Oct. 28, 2020)
CBC Podcasts. ““The Mounties always get their land.” The Secret Life of Canada
Cole, Desmond. “The skin I’m in: I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m Black.” Toronto Life (Apr. 21, 2015).
Hudson, Sandy. “Defunding the police will save Black and Indigenous lives in Canada.” Huffington Post (Jun 2, 2020).
Singh, Inayat. “2020 already a particularly deadly year for people killed in police encounters.” CBC News (July 23, 2020).
Chartrand, Vicki. “Broken system: Why is a quarter of Canada’s prison population Indigenous?” The Conversation (Feb 18, 2018)