Summer Reading for Being a Better Ally

A reading list for those who wish to become allies to people of colour

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list — just an idea of how to get started. To dismantle systemic racism in Canada, we must first educate ourselves.

Articles and blog posts

From the Canadian Unitarian Council website, a few links:

Books and other publications

Documentary films

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Call on mayors to commit to the following actions:

  1. REVIEW your police use of force policies.
  2. ENGAGE your communities by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in your review.
  3. REPORT the findings of your review to your community and seek feedback.
  4. REFORM your community’s police use of force policies.

Everyone can support this effort—and we hope that individuals across the country will take action to urge their mayors to take these steps for change.

Where to Donate? Here are Two Suggestions among Many Options

  • Black Lives Matter Canada is a place to send donations. They’re posting bail for arrested protestors and providing a ‘Freedom School’ Black history program for children.
  • Also Indspire, with scholarships for Canadian Indigenous students.

“I see no colour” is not the goal.  “I see your colour and I honour you.  I value your input.  I will be educated about your lived experiences.  I will work against the racism that harms you.  You are beautiful.  Tell me how to do better.”  That’s the goal.  (Carlos A. Rodriguez)