Diversity Resources

These resources are meant to help clergy and congregations begin to explore the issues of diversity and race. This list isn’t complete or exhaustive, but it’s suggested as a starting point.

Books

Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates’ attempt to answer big questions about American history and ideals in a letter to his adolescent son.

Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories, various authors
The personal stories, experiences, and reflections of 15 prominent White anti-racists.

Growing Up White: In the Heart of Memphis, David May
The story of the enlightenment of one young man who lived through the Civil Rights Movement but didn’t do anything significant about it.

Invisible North: The Search for Answers on a Troubled Reserve, Alexandra Shimo
A vivid first-person account of life on a troubled reserve that illuminates a difficult and oft-ignored history.

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, Tanya Talaga
A look at the history of Thunder Bay, which has come to manifest Canada’s long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.

The 500 Years of Resistance Comic Book, Gord Hill
A powerful and historically accurate graphic portrayal of Indigenous resistance to the European colonization of the Americas.

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Tim Wise
A personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white Americans in every realm.

 

Audiovisual Resources

Journey to Justice, Roger Ted McNair, NFB
This documentary pays tribute to a group of Canadians who took racism to court. They are Canada’s unsung heroes in the fight for Black civil rights.

In the Shadow of Gold Mountain, Karen Cho, NFB
Filmmaker Karen Cho travels from Montreal to Vancouver to uncover stories from the last survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act.

A Class Divided, Jane Elliott
A group of elementary students experiences what discrimination feels like.

Colour Code, Denise Balkissoon and Hannah Sung
A podcast about race in Canada.

Deep Cuts, CBC
A compilation of The Current’s “Facing Race” town hall series.

 

On the Web

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

The TRC’s 94 Calls to Action
Calls to action made to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.

Was there a residential school near you?
Interactive map from the CBC.

The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

Jane Elliott’s website
Internationally known teacher, lecturer, diversity trainer and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, exposes prejudice and bigotry for what it is: an irrational class system based upon purely arbitrary factors.

The Story of Africville, the Canadian Encyclopedia
For many people, Africville represents the oppression faced by Black Canadians, and the efforts to right historic wrongs.

 

Treaties

Treaty 13, the Toronto Purchase (York-Simcoe, York-Scarborough area)

Treaties 22 and 23, Cessions of 12 Mile Creek, 16 Mile Creek and River Credit Reserves (Trent-Durham)

Treaty 19, the Ajetance Purchase (York-Credit Valley)

The First Williams Treaty (Christian Island, Georgina Island and Rama)

The Second Williams Treaty (Rice Lake, Mud Lake, Scugog Lake and Alderville)

 

Timelines

A timeline of Black History in Canada, Historica Canada

A timeline of Chinese History in Canada, Chinese Canadian Heritage Fund

A timeline of Japanese History in Canada, BC Ministry of Education

 

Theological Resources

Why, as Christians, We Must Oppose Racism, Desmond Tutu

The Anglican Church of Canada’s Charter for Racial Justice

The Episcopal Church’s anti-racism training manual, Seeing the Face of God In Each Other

The Diocese of Toronto’s Report, Being Multicultural, Becoming Intercultural and its executive summary

The United Church of Canada’s resources on Anti-Racism

Cracking Open White Identity Towards Transformation, Canadian Council of Churches