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We recognize the ongoing need to create a campus environment that is respectful and focused on ensuring human rights and dignity for all. In the event that anyone is suffering discrimination or injustice, they may leverage the resources below. It is the diversity of our community at the University of Waterloo that strengthens our school and it is important that all feel supported, seen and heard.
- If you’re a student, faculty or staff member and you’ve experienced racism and need a space for support, understanding your resources, potential next steps and/or advocacy: connect with the Equity Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you’re a student, faculty or staff member and you’ve experienced discrimination or harassment on campus you can file a report under Policy 33.
- If you are experiencing distress, the Campus Wellness team provides councelling services for individuals, as well as resoures for support.
- Here 24/7 is also available in the Waterloo Region, providing support to those in distress: phone 1-844-437-3247.
- The Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Office (HREI) has a variety of resources available:
- A non-exhuastive list of Anti-Racism resources provided by both the University of Waterloo and the Region of Waterloo communities.
- The workshop EQ201 Anti-Racism Workshop on how to engage critically in anti-racism and enact anti-racist practices on campus.
- Guidelines for teaching assistants as well as supervisors and managers encountering harassment and discrimination.
- President's Anti-Racism Taskforce (PART) is a group dedicated to amplifying BIPOC voices and learning from their insight and experience. Their mission is to weave anti-racism into the fabric and culture of all campus operations, communities, pedagogy and lifestyle.
- Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity (RAISE) is a student-led Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA) service to address racism and xenophobia on the University of Waterloo campus.
- University of Waterloo Athletics’ Anti-Racism Alliance is a progressive group of University of Waterloo staff & students working together to use their voices and platforms to create change within the Waterloo network.
Part of combating racial injustice is taking the time to learn about where it stems from, and how it impacts our society.
These lists of resources and information are here to help students, faculty, and staff in our department develop a deeper understanding of issues of racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism and anti-Asian racism; as well as provide tools for campus community members to engage in anti-racism work across campus.
We will continue to update and edit these lists weekly. If you have any recommendations for additional resources, notice any broken links or have other feedback about these lists, please contact us using this feedback form.
Anti-Racism & Black Political Thought
|The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole||The Skin We're In describes the struggle against racism in Canada during the year 2017, chronicling Cole's role as an anti-racist activist and the impact of systemic racism in Canadian society.|
|Canadian Education is Steeped in Anti-Black Racism by Robyn Maynard||An analysis on the psychological violence, degradation and harm that Black youth face in Canadian Schools.|
|Black Canadians History, Experiences, Social Conditions by Joseph Mensa||This book by Joseph Mensa covers 300 years of Black Canadian history, from the first migration of slaves, black loyalists, and Civil War refugees to the expansive movement brought about by the establishment of the point system in 1967. It also addresses housing, the labor market, sports management, and race and ethnic relations.|
|Black Travel Movement: Systemic Racism informing tourism by Stefanie Benjamin & Aana Dilette||Critical race theories reveal systemic racism in travel industry.|
|Until We Are Free Edited by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware||"Until We Are Free busts myths of Canadian politeness and niceness, myths that prevent Canadians from properly fulfilling its dream of multiculturalism and from challenging systemic racism, including the everyday assaults on black and brown bodies.|
|Willie: The Gamechanging Story of the NHL's first Black Player||In this book, Canada’s first Black professional hockey player discusses his experience facing racism in a predominantly white sport.|
|How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi||In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves.|
|Podcast: Code Switch by NPR||Code Switch by NPR is a podcast featuring fearless conversations about race, hosted by journalists of color. This podcast tackles the subject of race head-on, and explores how it impacts every part of society — from politics and pop culture to history, sports and everything in between.|
|Steven Bradbury and Jim Lusted’s book “Race, Ethnicity and Racism in Sports Coaching” focuses on the ways in which race, and ethnicity operate, and how they are experiences or addressed within the context of sports coaching.|
Indigenous Liberation in Canada
|Indigenous History Timeline||This timeline presents key events and developments in Indigenous history in what is now Canada, from Time Immemorial to present. While no timeline can be exhaustive in its coverage, it provides a broad chronological overview to support educators and students.|
|Indigenous Ally Toolkit||An Indigenous Ally toolkit created by the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy Network.|
|An article by the The National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health about Canada's history of racism against Indigenous peoples.|
|21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph||Since its creation in 1876, the Indian Act has shaped, controlled, and constrained the lives and opportunities of Indigenous Peoples, and is at the root of many enduring stereotypes. Bob Joseph's book comes at a key time in the reconciliation process, when awareness from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities is at a crescendo.|
|Aboriginal Peoples and Sport in Canada||Aboriginal Peoples and Sport in Canada uses sport as a lens through which to examine issues such as individual and community health, gender and race relations, culture and colonialism, and self-determination and agency. In this groundbreaking volume, leading scholars offer a multidisciplinary perspective on how unequal power relations influence the ability of Aboriginal people in Canada to implement their own visions for sport.|
|This book is a highly recommended collection of Indigenous voices who speak to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and the essayists own work with anti-violence initiatives.|
|This graphic timeline is meant to act as a starting point for people to familiarize themselves with Canada's colonialist, white supremacist history and present, ongoing discrimination against Indigenous communities.|
|Enslavement of Indigenous Peoples in Canada||Article by the Canadian Encyclopedia about the enslavement of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.|
|Highway of Tears by Jessica McDiarmid||A book on the true story of racism, indifference and the pursuit of justice for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls|
|Settler colonialism, Indigenous cultures, and the promotional landscape of tourism in Ontario, Canada's ‘near North’||Prof. Bryan Grimwood’s article highlights the erasure of Indigenous cultures by settler colonial power relations and illustrates that tourism is a social force through which settler stories are both perpetuated and resisted.|
|Separate Beds by Maureen K. Lux||Separate Beds is the shocking story of Canada's system of segregated health care. Operated by the same bureaucracy that was expanding health care opportunities for most Canadians, the "Indian Hospitals" were underfunded, understaffed, overcrowded, and rife with coercion and medical experimentation.|
|There's Something In the Water: Environmental racism in Indigenous & Black communities by Ingrid R. G. Waldron||
In There's Something In The Water, by Ingrid R. G. Waldron examines the legacy of environmental racism and its health impacts in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada, using Nova Scotia as a case study, and the grassroots resistance activities by Indigenous and Black communities against the pollution and poisoning of their communities.
|The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities by Frances Henry||This book, the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members’ experiences in Canadian universities, challenges the myth of equity in higher education.-|
|FOHCUS Podcast: Let's Talk - Anti-Racism: Anti-Asian Racism in Canada with Christina Pham||University of Waterloo student Christina Pham shares her own experience with racism and how she and her family are coping with recent events.|
|Racial Segregation of Asian Canadians||This article delves into the racial segregation Asian-Canadians face in many aspects of everyday life in Canada such as the work, leisure, housing & health care, politics and education sectors.|
|This article discusses the history and implementation of the head tax along with other racist immigration policies the Canadian Federal Government introduced to target Chinese people.|
|This article highlights Canada’s long history of anti-Asian racism which has been amplified amid COVID times.|
|Addressing Anti-Asian Rasicm: A Resource for Educators by Elementary Teachers Federation Ontario (ETFO)||Addressing Anti-Asian Racism: A Resource for Educators provides a foundation for reflection, discussion and social justice action. It was created by a team of educators of Asian descent whose lived experiences, both personal and professional, knowledge and passion for social justice are reflected in its pages|
|History of South Asians in Canada||A timeline of the history of South Asians in Canada from 1885-Present.|
Resources for Allies
|White Privilege, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy Mcintosh||An article by Peggy Mcintosh, analyzing white privilege and its benefits in society.|
|Welcome to the Anti-Racism Movement - Here's what you've missed by Ijeoma Oluo||A guide meant to get people up to speed on the anti-racist movement.|
|The Subtle Linguistics of Polite White Supremacy by Yawo Brown||An article by Yawo Brown, speaking on the definition of "polite" white supremacy.|
|Performative Allyship is Deadly by Holiday Phillips||An article by Holiday Phillips, discussing the wave of performative allyship on social media|
|A book written by Paul Kivel, full of powerful strategies and practical tools for white people committed to racial justice|
|Queer Returns by Rinaldo Walcott||Rinaldo Walcott takes a look at categories of "queer and Black" and "Black queer" through the lens of multiculturalism and Canadian identity in Queer Returns. The essay collection reflects on how capitalism, colonialism and sexual identity intersect and shape culture, politics and Black expression.|
|LGBTQ+ Inclusion In Sport by David Thibideau||This article written by David Thibodeau, talks about the barriers the LGBTQ+ community face in sport participation, and how we can make our teams and clubs more inclusive and welcoming.|
|A Home for All: Resources on LGBTQ+ Systemic Discrimination in Long Term Care||Many elderly folks in the LGBT community face systemic discrimination in long term care, leading to a lack of trust in health care providers. The resources below feature practices to help make LTC homes an inclusive space.|
|In this collection of essays and interviews edited by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to Black feminism and its impact on today’s struggles.|
|The role of Black queer people in the Toronto protests and the Stonewall Riots are not at the forefront of the discussion when it comes to Toronto Pride today.” Olivia Bowden’s article talks about the roles Black queer people had in the origins of Pride in Canada, and how Pride has historically excluded Black voices.|
|An article by the Canadian Encylopedia about the history of
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights in Canada