Anti-racism learning hub
Training and resources to assist Defence Team members to better understand and respond to systemic barriers that discriminate against Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, and racialized Defence Team members. Each of us has a role to play.
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The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) have partnered with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) to provide free training and professional development opportunities for all Defence Team members.
- First, register with CCDI by creating an account with your forces.gc.ca email address. Note: Defence Team members enrolled at the Canadian Forces College, Royal Military College, or OSSIDE Institute and Collège Militaire Royale may register with their CFC, RMC or CMRJS extensions.
- Once registered as a member, you will have access to active courses, such as webinars.
The Canada School of Public Service offers an anti-racism series of multiple online tools, courses, videos and podcasts about systemic barriers that marginalize racialized groups in Canada, and strengthening diversity and employment equity in the workplace.
Additionally, search the learning catalogue using the course codes below.
- INC105 Understanding Unconscious Bias
- INC106 Overcoming Your Own Unconscious Biases
- INC107 Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
- INC108 Understanding the Employment Equity Act
- INC113 Unpacking Unconscious Bias
- INC110 Leading Diversity
- IRA Reflecting on Cultural Bias: Indigenous Perspectives
- IRA142 Cultural Competency: Indigenous Perspectives
- COR120 Inclusive Hiring Practices for a Diverse Workforce
- INC1-V09 Understanding Anti-Black Racism and How to Be an Ally
- INC1-V11 Understanding Anti-Black Racism and How to Be an Ally: Allyship
- INC1-V29 Moving from Not-Racist to Anti-Racist: Spotlight on Anti-Black Racism
Whether completely new to the topic of anti-racism or very aware, you can consult a collection of books, videos, articles, websites and podcasts to continue growing on your path to learning and un-learning. A list of suggested resources are provided below.
- Cole, Desmond. 2020. The Skin We're In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power. London, England: Doubleday.
- Cooper, Afua. The hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal.
- Diverlus, Rodney; Hudson, Sandy; Ware, Syrus Marcus. 2020. Until we are free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada. Regina, Canada: University of Regina Press.
- Hasford, Julian. Dominant cultural narratives, racism, and resistance in the workplace: A Study of the experiences of young Black Canadians. American Journal of Community Psychology 57, no. 1 2 (2016): 158 70. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12024.
- Kanapé Fontaine, Natasha; Béchard, Deni Ellis. Kuei, My Friend: A Conversation On Racism and Reconciliation. 2018. Talonbooks. (French only)
- Kappler, Maija. Meanwhile in Canada, We Don't Want to Face Up to Our Own Racism. HuffPost Canada, June 1, 2020.
- Kendi, Ibram. How to Be an Anti-Racist. 2019. New York: One World.
- Mensah, Joseph. Black Canadians: History, experiences, social conditions. 2002. Black Point, Canada. Fernwood Publishing.
- Racine, Michel, and Yves Hallée. 2018. Les diversités en milieux de travail: Discrimination, égalité des chances et inclusion. Québec City: Presses de l'Université Laval. (French only)
- Reynolds, Graham. 2016. Viola Desmond's Canada: A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land. Winnipeg: Fernwood Publishing.
- Thomas, R. Roosevelt, and Marjorie I. Woodruff. 1999. Building a House for Diversity: A Fable about a Giraffe & an Elephant Offers New Strategies for Today's Workforce. New York City: AMACOM Books.
- The Anti-Racism Continuum (YouTube video)
- How studying privilege systems can strengthen compassion (YouTube video)
- Briser le code (documentary and video lexicon, in French only)
- Get comfortable with being uncomfortable (Ted talk)
- How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace (Ted talk)
- How diversity makes teams more innovative (Ted talk)
- The world needs all kinds of minds (Ted talk)
- Racism in Canada is ever-present, but we have a long history of denial
- Comment l'inclusion et la diversité peuvent améliorer votre entreprise (French only)
- Women of Color Progress – Guide to being an ally
- Gestion de la diversité, de l'équité et de l'inclusion (GÉDI) (French only)
- Harvard Implicit Bias Test
- Georgetown University's Anti-Racism Toolkit Glossary
- University of Waterloo's Human rights, equity and inclusion
- LinkedIn Learning – learn the practical skills you need to excel in your career (for example, anti-racism).
- LinkedIn Learning – learn the practical skills you need to excel in your career (for example, diversity, inclusion and belonging).
- Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion // Centre canadien pour la diversité et l'inclusion - Centre that traces how people identify alongside demographic trends within the Canadian workplace to move employers from diversity to inclusion
- Government of Canada Diversity and Inclusion Conference Web Resources - Web Resources Focused on Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Statistics Canada: Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion Statistics - Statistics covering the population of Canada from children and youth to the various employment seeking groups
- Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat: Centre on Diversity and Inclusion - Centre dedicated to the barriers and challenges to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce
- Colour Code – Hosted by Denise Balkissoon and Hannah Sung
- The little told history of Canadians as slave owners, not just slave rescuers – Hosted by Charmaine Nelson, CBC Radio
- Diversités – Racisme systémique : quelles solutions? (in French only) – Hosted by Alexis De Lancer, Radio-Canada
- Chants de liberté (in French only) – Hosted by Stanley Péan and André Champagne, Radio-Canada
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