A few resources
I am grateful to have compassionate anti-oppression teachers in my circle and to have access to different learning materials. Here are a few of the resources I’ve benefited from, in no particular order, that you may appreciate as well. This list is found at the end of Making the Internet a Place of Belonging.
Whiteness at Work – this online course by The Adaway Group TAUGHT ME THINGS. Even if your work is an office of one, this is an excellent, excellent course. Especially if you think you already know things. I also recommend signing up for their newsletter and following Desiree Adaway in every place you can. She’s a force.
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo – this book is a great introduction to talking about race and understanding racism.
Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada – this book is obviously specific to the history and present of Canada and I think it’s important for every Canadian to read – but it may also be informative for readers in the U.S. where similar “boarding schools” for Indigenous children existed. We can download a PDF of the report summary here. Do not rush the read; it requires time to take it in.
The Gender Unicorn – this character isn’t everyone’s favourite but I found it helpful for understanding the different terms and experiences around gender.
The Pronouns Song – this tune is total delight and such a fun way to learn and practice pronouns
From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle – I am a better human for having read Jesse’s story. If you are not a person who has been cut off from family culture or who has not experienced poverty or challenges with drug use, this book may be a way to deepen empathy and understanding
Race Demystified – this is a memorable, powerful, heart-opening two-day learning experience taught by Milagros Phillips, who is compassionate and direct and wise. I was fortunate to attend in-person pre-pandemic but now it is available online to reach more people.
Liberation Library Book Club – Artist and anti-oppression consultant Rania El Mugammar’s book club always fills quickly. She’s a brilliant facilitator and her book lists inspire.
Diverse stock photography – Representation matters and our visuals are a message too.