Resources to help people better understand racism and anti-racism, and tools for building racial equity in our communities.
If you are the victim or have witnessed a racist or hate incident, learn how to safely take action or report a hate crime.
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A curated selection of over 800 movies and documentaries relating to race and class curated by our online video streaming service Kanopy. Users have access to 4 plays per month (but unlimited access to Great Courses and kids' content). Log into Kanopy and then click Browse > Social Sciences > Race and Class studies.
New to Kanopy? View a tutorial.
Access Information: Licensed for West Vancouver residents only.
A fantastic e-book list on race and racism curated by our Librarians, available through our Overdrive (Library2Go) e-collection.
Overdrive is our largest collection of ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. Search for, check out, and download titles through our catalogue or the Library2Go website. Using a tablet or phone? Get the Libby by OverDrive App, find West Vancouver Memorial Library, and enter your barcode/PIN to log in. For more information visit or call the Help Desk.
Access Information: Licensed for West Vancouver residents only.
New to OverDrive (Library2Go)? View a tutorial.
on the shelf
Check these out next time you’re in the Library.
Books on Race and Racism
Teen Books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Authors
Books Featuring Black Kids by Black Authors: Primary Grade
Books Featuring Black Kids by Black Authors: Middle Grade
on the web
These recommended websites are free and easily accessible! All you need is an internet connection.
This series of three fact sheets focuses on racism experienced by Indigenous people in Canada - how to understand it in historical context, how it affects individuals and communities, and what programs, policies and strategies exist to combat it. From the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health (NCCIH).
The Government of Canada's Anti-Racism Learning Series provides information on issues around racism and systemic barriers that exist for marginalized and racialized groups in Canada.
It includes learning tools, courses, videos and podcasts on topics such as anti-Black racism, unconscious bias, disaggregated data, mental health and the challenges faced by visible minorities in the public service.
#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. It is now an international human rights movement originating from within the African American community, which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards Black people.
Here is the link for our local chapter, Black Lives Matter Vancouver.
A great educational resource building awareness of the history of Blacks in BC, and celebrating their historical and current achievements in the arts, education, government, sports, science, etc.
From October 2018 to March 2019, the Government of Canada held engagement sessions across the country to gather input from Canadians, especially those with lived experiences of racism and discrimination, in order to help inform the development of a new federal anti-racism strategy. The input is summarized in What we heard — Informing Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy.
Centre for Diversity and Innovation
Based in the North Shore, the Centre for Diversity and Innovation (CDI) is dedicated to educating and empowering people, communities, and organizations about diversity and inclusion. They have compiled helpful resources on the following topics:
SFU's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Initiative has partnered with the SFU Library to develop this EDI resource guide. These curates resources help individuals and institutions think more deeply about EDI and understand how these concepts are central to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive spaces.
The Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS) is a non-profit organization committed to highlighting the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia. HAS adopts a research-driven approach to community development that seeks to preserve and promote the historical, cultural, societal, and economic contributions made by Black Settlers and their descendants to Vancouver, Greater Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada.
A great post from British Columbia's Clicklaw, with resources on legal topics related to Black Lives Matter including human rights, police accountability, protest rights, and getting legal help.
The North Shore Restorative Justice Society is a non-profit charitable organization that advocates for and supports restorative responses to crime and conflict. The Society has operated the Restorative Response Program, a community-based initiative that provides an effective alternative to the court system, since 1997. The program responds to situations of crime and conflict committed by youth and adults through the facilitation of mediation, conferencing, peacemaking circles and shuttle mediation based on the principles of restorative justice.
Born from the vision of Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, Gwawaenuk Elder, Reconciliation Canada is leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.
A list of resources to help those who may be victims of or witness to racially motivated hate or discrimination, developed by a group of prominent Asian Canadian leaders in collaboration with Ryerson University in response to growing anti-Asian racism since the outbreak of Covid-19. Free downloadable toolkit provides information on the difference between hate crimes, hate incidents and acts of discrimination, as well as links to the various organizations people can reach out to in order to report a hate act, whether they were a victim or witness.
A new project that allows Indigenous patients across BC to anonymously report their positive and negative healthcare experiences, with the first pilot being focused on the experiences of racism in healthcare. The B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC), whose website hosts the app, aims to use the information to figure out patterns of racist incidents in the health-care sector, and present solutions on how to address these issues with policymakers.
The University of British Columbia's webpage providing the information and links to the resources on what systematic racism is and how to fight it.
A fantastic online portal that provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles, and multi-media resources for educators, parents, caregivers, and individuals committed to racial equality. Curated by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture.