Racism within Canada is insidious and Black communities continue to face unique issues. Resources here are meant to advocate for and empower black communities, as well as educate all people on the Black experience and ways to contribute to change.
The story of Marie-Joseph Angélique, a Black Canadian slave, is one most that is not taught in Canadian History.
Acomi is a non-profit organization of individuals of African heritage in Manitoba for the purposes of promoting unity among people of African heritage in Manitoba, mutual understanding between peoples of African heritage and Canadians of other backgrounds, and ensuring that people of African heritage have access to the goods and services needed to address issues of poverty and social exclusion.
This is the largest pan African non-profit organization in western Canada that serves as a community hub, providing quality programming and access to services from a place of cultural awareness and competency to the families in our diverse community.
This database includes the Multilingual African Electronic Literature Database and the African Diasporic Electronic Literature Database. This resource emphasizes cultural experiences and its interactions with literature or other forms of art or entertainment.
Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Canada provides an anonymous anti-Black racism reporting form for Black students across Canada. They assist student advocates to hold their universities accountable for the full impact of systemic anti-Black racism.
The intersectional experiences of Black Canadians living with disabilities are unique. ASE (pronounced Ah-Shay) is building partnerships and sharing knowledge to address gaps.
This project looks to Black and Asian American feminist histories, practices, and frameworks on care, community, and survival for the tools and strategies to continue to build towards collective liberation.
A class action lawsuit has been filed in the Federal Court of Canada on behalf of Black Canadians. The lawsuit is seeking long-term solutions to permanently address systemic racism and discrimination in the Public Service of Canada.
This nonprofit collective is made up of advocates, artists, therapists, religious leaders, activists, psychologists, and others who are "committed to the emotional/mental health and healing of Black communities."
The Black Accessibility Knowledge (BLAcK) Hub is a confidential, fully accessible, and free resource for Black people with disabilities of all ages, their families, caregivers and support networks. Black people with disabilities informed and designed the Hub to bridge the structural gaps and address systemic barriers in accessing Black-focused disability resources, services, and knowledge at the intersection of Blackness, disability and gender.
BLACK GIRLS ROCK!® (BGR) is a global women’s empowerment movement and multifaceted media, entertainment, philanthropic and lifestyle brand, dedicated to inspiring, and celebrating women and girls of color.
Black Healing Fund is an emerging volunteer-run initiative based in Tio'tia:ke / Montreal that seeks to provide Black people in the area with discretionary funding for therapy and other mental health focused resources. Black Healing Fund has compiled a list of therapists and alternative healers for Black folks (and anyone who accesses their website) to browse different types of healing options that are accessible in the Tio’tia:ke / Montreal area.
Black Health Alliance aims to improve the health and well-being of Black Canadians through health promotion, research, public policy, fundraising, and more.
The Black History in Canada Education Guide explores seminal events and personalities in Black Canadian history through engaging discussion and interactive activities.
Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) combats individual and systemic anti-Black racism by conducting research, engaging in structural transformation, and providing legal services to members of Ontario’s Black communities.
BLM Canada advocates and fights for the safety and wellbeing of black people across the country. They are a platform where Black communities across Canada can actively dismantle all forms of anti-Black racism, liberate Blackness, support Black healing, affirm Black existence, and create freedom to love and self-determine.
This story is part of the Black on the Prairies project, a collection of articles, personal essays, images and more, exploring the past, present and future of Black life in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Encouraging, empowering, supporting and amplifying Black physicians, physicians-in-training and the Black community in Canada is their mission.
Black Talk is a podcast about the personal experiences of global Black experts and Black Canadians contextualized within the historical experience of being Black.
BCW in Action's vision is to promote the empowerment of black Canadian women and girls in all sectors of society by building self-esteem, leadership and confidence through conferences, workshops, and programs.
Black Women in Motion is a Toronto-based organization that empowers Black Women against anti-racist, intersectional feminist, trauma-informed, and survivor-centred framework.
BWRD historizes and visualizes Black women’s radical political activism in Africa and in the African Diaspora in efforts to build academic, political, and community engagement, dialogue, knowledge production, research, and education about Black women’s significant legacies as socio-political agents of radical change.
Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools.
This article reports how a six year black girl was hand-cuffed when school authorites called police. Neither police or school authorities apologized.
DESTA's mandate is to focus on the employability needs of Black youth in Little Burgundy. An integrated strategy was adopted to address both systemic and personal barriers to employment, such as justice involvement, housing, and lack of resources.
Black Men Matter – They examine mental health issues among black men.
This article is written by a first generation Black Canadian and has additional curated resources.
The 2022 theme for Black History Month is: “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day,” which focuses on recognizing the daily contributions that Black Canadians make to Canada.
Foundation for Black Communities exists to ensure every Black person in Canada can thrive and all Black communities have agency in defining their own future.
This packet was intentionally created to provide women of colour with different resources to assist them in the process towards healing and liberation. This document contains a list of resources.
"The term ‘people of color’ centers whiteness even as it attempts to be an affirming identity label for non-white people. The term ‘people of the global majority’ (acronym: PGM) is a much more affirming and inclusive alternative.
Black people in Canada face a number of unique issues affecting their well-being. Average income for Black people is $12,000 lower than the national average.
This article describes the historic event of razing of Africville, a Black Nova Scotian community. The article provides historical context of displacement and Anti-Blackness in Nova Scotia and describes the motivations for the destruction.
This organization is dedicated to improving the lives of all Black women and their families. They address social, economic, and cultural issues.
The Ribbon Rouge Foundation serves African, Caribbean and Black people in Alberta, by facilitating systems change, in structural and social factors that lead to poorer health outcomes, including HIV related health outcomes in African, Caribbean, Black communities.
This site lists free or low cost culturally competent mental health providers and links to non-profit hotlines.
TAIBU Community Health Centre delivers community health and social services to Black communities in Toronto and area in an effort to address and overcome systemic racism in the health care system.
This is Black youth-led organization missioning to outreach, educate, and enhance Black lives 18-35 via Digital workshops, content and events.
Mental health professionals across the country who provide high-quality, culturally competent services to Black women and girls are listed here.
Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation Inc (TAYFFI) is a Registered Charity that provides tailored program and support services for individuals, youth, and families from visible/ethnic minority groups and vulnerable communities in Saskatoon and Area towards becoming engaged and contributing members of the society.
"Describing someone as a visible minority situates whiteness as the reference standard and the norm by which all people are judged. It is a term of disempowerment that promotes the othering of racialized peoples and implies subordination to white power structures."
Between our elders and children, Africa Centre recognizes that the youth are often forgotten. For this reason, the youth of the Africa Centre created a collective in September 2013 previously referred to as the Youth Empowerment Group, YEG.
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8 Black Hands (Podcast)
8 Black Hands is a podcast focused on seeking justice and equality for the 8 million black children in schools in America. Not only do they discuss issues in the education system, but they also discuss Black culture, and educate their listeners on the rich history of African Americans. This is a great podcast that uses comedy to highlight issues facing the black community, and engages it's listeners.
Hidden Figures ( Movie)
This extraordinary, award-winning movie tells the story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who were the masterminds behind the launch of John Glenn into space. This movie demonstrates the struggle that black women faced in the past when it came to being recognized for their achievements, and is an inspiration for generations.
Kindred (Book by Octavia E. Butler) This critically acclaimed work by Octavia E. Butler tells the story of Dana, a young black woman that is suddenly transported from her home in 1970s California to a pre-Civil War South. She time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation. The author juxtaposes the serious issues of slavery, human rights, and racial prejudice with an exciting science-fiction, romance, and historical adventure.
Slavery by Another Name (Movie)
Slavery by Another Name is a documentary that challenges the belief that slavery in the United States ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. This film highlights how, despite chattel slavery ending in the South, thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with intense force and brutality. It unearths the lost stories of slaves and their descendants who journeyed into freedom, and then were put back into the shadow of involuntary servitude.
Although the main character is fictional, this story is historically accurate. The book shows the horrors black people experienced at the hands of white people in Africa, then America, and also in Canada. It refers to an actual historical Canadian document in which black people travelling to Canada were to be registered.
The Color Purple (Alice Walker, Book)
This novel is a powerful piece of literature about courage in the face of oppression. It follows the story of a teenage girl who deals with abuse and discrimination, and decides to begin writing letters to God as a teenager in order to deal with her hardships. This devastating narrative shows the problems that African American women faced in America, and how they were able to get through these times by taking care of each other and building each other up.
The Hate U Give (Book by Angie Thomas)
This bestseller is about sixteen-year-old Starr Carter, who witnesses the fatal shooting of her unarmed childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. This novel follows the story of Starr, and how she grapples with racism, police brutality, and activism.
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