Anti-Black racism has a long history in Canada, and the experience is intersectional. Black women and girls and Trans and non-binary people experience discrimination based their race and gender and other identity factors such as sexuality, ability, faith, age, and more.
These resources on anti-Black racism in Canada and are particularly helpful for non-Black people to educate themselves and share with others.
We’ll add to this list as new resources become available, and we encourage you to link to any you’ve found helpful in the comments.
Author Robyn Maynard on Anti-Black Racism, Misogyny, and Policing in Canada
“One of the reasons that racism persists in Canada is because our commitment to the perception of racial tolerance & harmony seems to be prized above the actual lived experiences of people.”
Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present
5 Black Women Talk About Their Lives In Canada–Past, Present And Future
“In Canada, Black women are still discriminated against in the healthcare system … We continue to be victims of police and state violence, and in the workplace, continue to be paid less than both white men and white women.”
Our Dance of Revolution: The History of Toronto’s Black Queer Community
Our Dance of Revolution tells a story over 4 decades of how Black queer folks in Toronto rose up against invisibility and police brutality. You can purchase a DVD for educational purposes or set up a screening on their website.
Report on Black Women in Canada
“Research shows that the cumulative impact of racism, discrimination, poverty and other structural and systemic inequalities profoundly impact the physical, emotional and mental health of all Black women in Canada.”
Why COVID-19 is Even More Dangerous for Black Women
“Ultimately, the way we respond to racial profiling now can help set better precedent for how we treat and view vulnerable groups in a post-COVID-19 world. When we punish and question people of colour for accessing basic necessities, especially during a pandemic, it reveals who we think deserves to be healthy and safe.”
Showing Up for Racial Justice
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is an international network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. You can check out their resources and upcoming webinars on their website, start a chapter, or join the existing Toronto chapter.
Roots and Resistance
This 2018 webinar from Yamikani Msosa explores the connections between sexual violence, state violence, and healing from collective and individual sexual abuse and trauma for Black survivors. You can watch it here.
Deepen your Anti-Racism Work
This list of anti-racism resources is a robust source for everything from children’s books to podcasts recommendations.