An ad hoc group of Canadian academics have named September 9th and 10th as days of anti-racist action:
Scholars across Canadian universities are outraged at the relentless anti-Black police killings of Black people in the U.S. and in Canada. As athletes have done, so, too, must academics. We will be joining thousands of academics in higher education in a labour action known as Scholar Strike to protest anti-Black, racist and colonial police brutality in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.
The Canadian action is aligned with the one in the U.S., in its call for racial justice, an end to anti-Black police violence and it adds a specific focus on anti-Indigenous, colonial violence.Scholar Strike Canada
Mine is one of many signatures in support of the action.
There are two days of online teach-in events and useful resources on the Scholars Strike Canada page, and groupings and institutions across the country have gathered a plethora of materials, from anti-racist reading lists to local resources. I will fight my magpie instincts and forebear from creating another soon-to-go stale list here, but I would like to point out two items of particular or specific local interest:
- The Office of Human Rights and Positive Environment at UNB compiled an anti-racism living resource compendium, available in the Resources tab on the UNB Human Rights webpage, and in the document linked here.
- First Nations’ Materials in Archives & Special Collections Guide, UNB Libraries
- The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and in particular the reports
- Reclaiming power and place the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
- The Canadian Federation of Students has released a Campus Tool Kit for Combating Racism.
- Anti-Racism Resource List, Ontario Federation of Labour, July 9, 2020
- Anti-Racism Resources, Public Service Alliance of Canada, July 20, 2020
- UofT Libraries has posted one of many, many anti-Black-racism reading lists
- One of many Indigenous reading lists
- Jeremy McDonald & Lori Ward, “Why so many Canadian universities know so little about their own racial diversity: Experts say race-based data key to supporting students, addressing inequality,” CBC News (Mar 21, 2017)
- Steven Zhou, “Canadian campuses see an alarming rise in right-wing populism,” CBC News (Jan 15, 2017).
- Finally, this story in The New York Times about NYC birder Christian Cooper’s new graphic story (links to the story, “It’s a Bird,” available for free, in the NYT piece).