Anti-Racism for Educators

This is a quick collection of some background material important for educators. Obviously there is a lot I still need to add, including resources for the classroom. Please let me know if you think of something that should be on this page!

This is a good time to lean on the best practice of creating “norms” to ensure safe spaces for conversations. Norms are “an agreement among members of a classroom or school about how they will treat one another,” according to Gary Borich, Professor of Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. They are effective because they are generated by the students, rather than “rules” imposed by the teacher. Read More…

Anti-Asian Racism

Perspective Through Picture Books

As suggested by Naomi O’Brien and LaNesha Tabb at the ReLit Conference August 2020.

Indigenous Education

Aboriginal Education by the B.C. Ministry of Education Aboriginal Education

Indigenous Ally Toolkit by the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network

History of Residential Schools in Canada CBC

Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada by Canadian Geographic

First Peoples Principals of Learning

Sikh Pioneers in British Columbia

Becoming Canadians by Sarjeet Singh Jagpal

Punjabi Legacy Project

Gurmat Centre Artworks

Chinese Community in Canada

History of the Chinese community in Canada

Chinese Canadians in British Columbia

Caribbean Canadians

Minority Rights Group International – a Background of Caribbean and African Canadians

10 Facts

Filipino Canadians

Families in two countries

Filipino Youth in Canada

Black History in Canada – A Video Timeline

Key Events in Black Canadian history

Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond – Canadian Encyclopedia

United Nations Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent – Canada 2017

Teaching African Canadian History

Facing History TODAY – Reflecting on George Floyd’s Death

The Guide to Allyship by Amelie Lamont

Other Topics – Facing History

Anti-Islamiphobia Resources

Islamophobia Lesson Plans from the BCTF


To say “Hamdulillah” is to be grateful for what one has. The images of the past decades have cast a veil on our identity as a people. This video is a global collaborative effort by 10 photographers—from London to Lebanon, Cairo to Canada, and Abu Dhabi to America—to create a portrait of the new global citizens. They are DJs, MCs, poets, architects, teachers, doctors, parents, and children. Most of all, they are people.

Middle & High School Lesson Plans

Teaching Tolerance Units