Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Anti-Racism Resources for Employees
Mohawk is committed to providing everyone who learns and works at Mohawk with an inclusive, welcoming and supportive environment. Below is a list of resources to help you better understand racism and anti-racism and how to practice and embed anti-racism into your everyday work and lives.
Articles, Toolkits, Educational Resources, Talks, Videos, Podcasts, Black Organizations, and Anti-Racist Groups
Racism and Colonization in Canada
Colonialism Timeline in Canada: https://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/courses/csafety/mod1/text/timeline.htm
Resident School System in Canada: http://100yearsofloss.ca/en/timeline/#1
Timeline of Racism in Canada from 1600-2018: https://bctf.ca/uploadedFiles/Public/SocialJustice/Issues/Antiracism/RacismTimeline.pdf
Slavery in Canada:
Systemic Racism in the Canadian Healthcare System: https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/IPeoples/EMRIP/Health/UniversityManitoba.pdf
Racism in Canada: Reputation of multi-cultural idyll masks reality of discrimination (article): https://www.everythingzoomer.com/general/2020/06/04/racism-in-canada-reputation-as-multicultural-idyll-masks-reality-of-discrimination/?fbclid=IwAR26Mo2PjDH_tXJSq9oOYnu7qcXKtH733UBjey4IGTnGCu2nW2qSfmfLEW0
Article from the Star re: Racism exists in Canada:
Desmond Cole Documentary “The Skin We’re In” (documentary):
Desmond Cole “The Skin We’re In” (book):
Desmond Cole: Fighting Racism in Canada: https://www.tvo.org/video/desmond-cole-fighting-racism-in-canada
What systemic racism looks like in Canada:
What is Racism?
Angela Davis on Structural Racism:
Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC): Race and Racism:
OHRC Individual and Systemic Racism:
What is a microaggression:
Examples of microaggressions:https://sph.umn.edu/site/docs/hewg/microaggressions.pdf
Understanding White Supremacy and White Privilege
“White Space” Elijah Anderson. An academic article from Journal of Race and Ethnicity: https://sociology.yale.edu/sites/default/files/pages_from_sre-11_rev5_printer_files.pdf
Peggy McIntosh: https://www.racialequitytools.org/resourcefiles/mcintosh.pdf
Robin Di Angelo talk about “White Fragility”:
Jane Elliot. Brown Eye, Blue Experiment (not the original experiment):
On White Privilege: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Xe1kX7Wsc
Tim Wise - Beyond Diversity (talk in Toronto): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TGMHvj_2JQ
Angela Davis & Jane Elliot: A Conversation on Race and Privilege: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0jf8D5WHoo
Whiteness and white privilege resources:
Truth and Reconciliation
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (2015). Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: calls to action: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (2015). Honouring the truth, reconciling for the future: http://www.trc.ca/assets/pdf/Honouring_the_Truth_Reconciling_for_the_Future_July_23_2015.pdf
Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (2015). What we have learned: Principles of truth and reconciliation: http://www.trc.ca/assets/pdf/Principles%20of%20Truth%20and%20Reconciliation.pdf
Senator Murray Sinclair: The Truth is Hard. Reconciliation is Harder (video):
Barack Obama: How to make this moment a turning point for real change (includes a link to a toolkit):
Elizabeth Mccorvey: Psychology today article on Stop Hesitating:
The Invisible Client: Ramifications of Neglecting the Impact of Race
and Culture in Professional Counseling
A Crisis Demands Culturally Adaptive Leadership: https://diversipro.wordpress.com/2020/03/30/a-crisis-demands-culturally-adaptive-leadership/
Campus toolkit for combating racism: https://cfs-fcee.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Anti-Racism-Toolkit-Final-1.pdf
List of anti-racism resources for leaders:
California Charter Schools Association resources for leaders, teachers, and families:
Is Your Company Actually Fighting Racism, or Just Talking About It?:
How to be a white Ally (articles and resources)
Resource Lists (listing of books, articles, podcasts, etc.)
Obama - Anti-Racism Resources:
List of anti-racism resources:
List of anti-racism resources:
A Different Booklist - Canadian bookstore specializing in literature from the African and Caribbean diaspora and the global south:
List of Anti-Black racism and anti-racism resources: https://www.usw.ca/news/media-centre/articles/2020/anti-black-racism-and-anti-racism-resources
TED Talks, Videos, and Podcasts
8 talks about impacts of Racism on health:
List of TED Talks on Racism:
Dismantling anti-Black racism in Schooling: https://rsekn.ca/equity-podcast-ep03-dismantling-anti-black-racism-in-schooling/
Alicia Garza and the BLM movement: https://www.chicagoideas.com/videos/alicia-garza-on-leading-the-black-lives-matter-movement
Brené Brown talks with Ibram X. Kendi on How to Be an Antiracist from Unlocking Us with Brené Brown on Apple Podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/unlocking-us-with-bren%C3%A9-brown/id1494350511?i=1000476611079
Jay Smoove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0Ti-gkJiXc
Black Organizations and Anti-Racist Groups
Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion: https://hcci.ca/
HCCI’s short-term goal was to deal with the distress in the community caused by the burning of the Hindu Temple, but it was anticipated that to address issues of racism in the longer term, a more profound systemic change would be required. To this end, HCCI was established to develop a civic resource centre to create an inclusive and welcoming city through respecting diversity, practicing equity, and speaking out against discrimination.
Black Lives Matter Toronto: Canada’s largest BLM chapter. In their own words, they aim “to forge critical connections and to work in solidarity with black communities, black-centric networks, solidarity movements, and allies in order to to dismantle all forms of state-sanctioned oppression, violence, and brutality committed against African, Caribbean, and Black cis, queer, trans, and disabled populations in Toronto.”
Black Lives Matter Vancouver: The Vancouver chapter of BLM, that works “to draw attention to our largely invisibilized communities, celebrate people of colour and work in solidarity with other Black Lives Matter chapters across North America.”
Black Legal Action Centre (Ontario): a non-profit community legal clinic that provides free legal services for low or no income Black residents of Ontario.
Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19 (B.C.): A fundraiser for a low-barrier, emergency, micro-grant program for Black people in B.C., who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nia Centre for the Arts (Toronto): Canada’s first Black art centre, committed to fostering and promoting Black identity and community in Toronto through art.
Hogan’s Alley Society (Vancouver): A non-profit organization committed to researching, preserving and publicizing Black history in Vancouver and B.C.
Black Space Winnipeg (Winnipeg): Black Space Winnipeg is a grassroots organization that looks to “spread perspectives of Afrocentrism, and Pro-Black conversation, Black Space Winnipeg creates safe spaces for people of colour through hosting community events, artist demonstrations and workshops.”
Black Liberation Collective (various universities): Black Liberation Collectives are an international movement of students challenging anti-Black racism in post-secondary institutions The BLC began in Canada at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto in 2015.
Black Health Alliance: A community-led charity looking to reduce the racial disparities in health access and care in Canada, focusing on the broad determinants of health, including racism.
The Come Up (Edmonton): A youth collective focused on empowering Black youth in Edmonton through community events and organizing.
Black Youth Helpline (Canada-wide): Originally started in Manitoba, the Black Youth Helpline focuses on community development and support for Black youth across Canada.
Black Women In Motion (Toronto): An organization that support the advancement of Black women in Toronto through educational tools, economic opportunities and cultural content.
Talking to Children about Racism
Toronto Publishing Company Flamingo Rampant is producing feminist, racially-diverse, LGBTQ positive children’s books, in an effort to bring visibility and positivity to the reading landscape of children everywhere:
30 books to help you talk to your kids about racism: https://www.todaysparent.com/family/books/kids-books-that-talk-about-racism/#gallery/books-that-talk-about-racism/slide-1
Books on video
A kids book about Racism by Jelani Memory:
Something Happened In Our Town. A child’s story about racial injustice by Marianne Celano, Ann Hazzard, Marietta Collins:
Not My Idea-A Book About Whiteness by Anastasia Higginbotham:
Mama Did You Hear The News? by Sanya Whittaker Gragg:
Resource lists (listing of books, articles, podcasts, etc.)
CNN and Sesame Street. Coming Together: Standing up Against Racism. A town Hall for Kids and Families
BLM TO Freedom School (teaches children 4-10 about Black Canadian and diasporic history, to engage children in political resistance to anti-Black racism) http://freedomschool.ca/