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Anti-Racism Learning Toolkit

A starting point to better understand racism and take action.

Module 3: Acknowledging Systemic Racism in Canadian History

Anti-Racism Training Module 3

Acknowledging Systemic Racism in Canadian History


  • Canadian Narratives about Racism
  • Stories of Racism in Canada
    • Colonialism and Assimilation of Indigenous Peoples
    • Slavery and Segregation of Black People
    • Racist Immigration Policies

Note: Student comments were removed for privacy reasons. Click the box of arrows to expand the video.

Truth and Reconciliation and the 94 Calls to Action

In this video, we refer to Truth and Reconciliation and the 94 Call to Action. Click on this link to read a summary of the 94 Calls to Action.

Videos were shown during the workshop to shared lived experiences. The videos were not recorded for copyright reasons. Click on the following links to watch the videos.

Living in Colour: Being Black in Canada

How can I help?

The Story of Viola Desmond

Canadian Apartheid: Chinese Head Tax and Racism's Legacy

Take Action!

Take ActionNotice racism in Canada: 

Why do you think some of the information shared in this module is different from the information typically shared about Canadian history?​

  • Reflect and document your insights with the help of the History of Racism in Canada section of the Anti-Racism Learning Toolkit from the Library. ​

  • Listen to the episode 4 of The Globe and Mail’s Colour Code Podcast The Angel Complex

Continue your research: 

Consider what information was new from today’s session. What information do you need revisit? What do you need to learn more about to show up in the world informed about issues of racial inequality in Canada? ​

Make a plan to learn more, using some of the resources below: ​

Discuss with Others: 

Exercise your “Anti-Racism” muscles by starting a conversation about racism with your classmates, friends, or family.​