As part of our commitment to do better in supporting the Black Community in Welland and Niagara we have curated a list of resources. Below you will find racially and culturally competent resources for Black community members with information about healthcare, LGBTQ+ resources, business support, art collectives, and legal support. We have included resources for white people that can be used as a starting point to learn more about the lived experiences of Black people and what support is needed to remove racial injustice in our region. This list is not exhaustive, and we welcome suggestions for improvements and additional resources. We note that many/most of these resources are Toronto based. We welcome suggestions for more Niagara based resources, as well as the opportunity to contribute to the creation of Niagara based resources.
To contribute to this website please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Anti-Racism Resources”
Racially and culturally competent organizations (compiled by Melissa D. – www.melisvida.com):
- Black Lives Matter TO
- Black Health Alliance
- Black Youth HelpLine
- Black Women in Motion
- Black Business and Professional Association
- NIA Centre for the Arts
- Black Legal Action Centre
- Freedom School Toronto
- Zero Gun Violence Movement
- The Most Nurtured
– Sherbourne Health SOY program also runs programs specifically for Black Queer Youth
Ontario Human Rights Commission Official Policy and Guidelines on Race, Racism, and Racial Discrimination
Racism Resources in Niagara
Articles related to race and racism in Niagara
- Niagara Falls Anti-Racism Rally
- Niagara Falls Council to Form Anti-Racism Committee
- Anti-Racism committee to give input on Niagara Police Body Cams
- Does Niagara Have a Racism Problem – iHeart Radio
- Niagara Region Joins Anti-Racism Coalition – St. Catharines Standard
Race and gender intersectionality in the workplace
Reports in Canada
- Report on Black Women in Canada
- “What we heard” – Report informing Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy
- Canada’s Colour Coded Income Inequality – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
- Black and African American LGBTQ youth report
- A comprehensive list of additional reports can be found at: http://blackhealthalliance.ca/resources/knowledge-hub/
Personal Stories & Experiences
- Five Black Women Talk About Their Lives in Canada Past, Present, and Future.
- What African (Black) History Month Means to Me – Paulette Senior
- Q&A: Author Robyn Maynard on Anti-Black Racism, Misogyny, and Policing in Canada
- Black in Canada: 10 stories – BBC
- Racism Exists in Canada- Toronto Star
- Our Dance of Revolution – Experiences from Toronto’s Black Queer Community
Anti-Racist Reading List (via CanadianWomen.org)
- Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
- Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Dr. Brittney Cooper
- Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
- Raising Our Hands by Jenna Arnold
- Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Anti-Racist Podcast List (via CanadianWomen.org)
- 1619 (New York Times)
- About Race
- Code Switch (NPR)
- Intersectionality Matters! hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
- Pod For The Cause (from The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights)
- Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
- Seeing White
Anti-Racist Resources for White Parents (via CanadianWomen.org)
- The Conscious Kid: follow them on Instagram and consider signing up for their Patreon
Places to Donate (From Global Citizen)
Black Women in Motion
Through an anti-racist, intersectional feminist, trauma-informed and survivor-centred framework, Black Women in Motion works to empower and support Black women and survivors of sexual violence.
Black Legal Action Centre
As a non-profit community legal clinic, the Black Legal Action Centre delivers free legal services for low- or no-income Black residents in Ontario.
Black Youth Helpline
Black Youth Helpline promotes access to innovative, professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families, and schools.
Toronto-based activist group Not Another Black Life has partnered with FoodShare Toronto to offer Black families GoodFood boxes as they self-isolate due to COVID-19 following the Justice for Regis March in Toronto on May 30.
Black Lives Matter regional chapters
Justice for Regis
You can donate to the GoFundMe campaign started by Renee Beals, sister of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, to help her family seek justice.
Black Health Alliance
The Black Health Alliance is a community-led organization that looks to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.
Black Artists’ Network Dialogue
The Black Artists’ Network Dialogue seeks to empower and provide a spotlight on the contributions of Black artists in Canada and internationally.
Toronto Protestor Bail Out Fund
This bail-out fund is a GoFundMe campaign created to provide financial assistance if protesters get arrested or become incarcerated. If no arrests are made, the funds will go to Korchinski-Paquet’s family.
Unist’ot’en 2020 Legal Fund
While protecting their unceded territory, the Unist’ot’en community has been confronted with increasing legal fees. You can help by donating to the Unist’ot’en 2020 Legal Fund.
Indigenous Awareness Canada
Indigenous Awareness Canada wants to help Canadians learn about the country’s Indigenous people through online Indigenous awareness training and in-person workshops.
Circles for Reconciliation
Through small gatherings (and now online), Circles for Reconciliation aims to foster trusting, meaningful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Across Boundaries offers holistic and equitable mental health and addiction services through anti-racism, anti-Black racism, and anti-oppression frameworks. The organization also speaks to the impacts of racism and discrimination on mental health and well-being.
Black Business and Professional Association
The Black Business and Professional Association focuses on equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education, and economic development.
Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19
This GoFundMe fundraiser was put in place to act as an emergency, micro-grant program for Black people in British Columbia who are facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.