Race, Indigeneity, and Social Justice

On Mar. 5 the Honourable Janet Austin hosted a panel on “Igniting Greater Civic Engagement in Our Community, Our Province.” Guest speakers discussed equity, diversity, inclusion; democracy and civic engagement; and reconciliation.

Anti-Racist Commitment

Faculty and staff of the Okanagan School of Education are committed to fostering genuine dialogue around issues of racial injustice in education with educators, students, colleagues, and the greater community—bringing to bear policies and practices in our local and global institutions. We aim to empower educators and their students to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in school and community settings, and invest in developing more democratic and more just societies.

Our hopes calling us to actions are to:

  • Realize more sustainable intellectual, ecological, and cultural diversity, and more appreciation for gender identities, sexual orientation, peoples of colour, and the natural world
  • Gain greater conscientiousness about inequalities that arise from social class differences and social stratification
  • Transform patterns of intolerance (including but not limited to intolerance towards different intellectual and political viewpoints/traditions), exploitation and homogenization, towards patterns of respect, appreciation, and diversities
  • Foster interdependent, caring relationships between humans and the natural world, and between diverse individuals and communities
  • Learn from the past, stay alert in the present, and continuously create a just and sustaining world, for the children now and for future generations; for  peoples to be

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time. Please check back soon.

Past Events

Different together: Can we make it happen?

On June 11, the UBC community joined together for a conversation inspired by the global anti-racism protests, and BC’s #DifferentTogether pledge.

Watch the Recording


Together against Racism and Injustice, Office of the President, UBC

UBC Committee on Systemic Racism, Office of the President, UBC

Statement from Dean Blye Frank, Faculty of Education

Statement from Margaret Macintyre Latta, Okanagan School of Education

Listen, Change, Do More., UBC Equity & Inclusion Office


Activating Solidarity: A Guide to Anti-Racism Work | UBC Equity

Solidarity & Action: Five Tips on Tackling Racism  | UBC Equity

Sustainable Self-Care: Finding Serenity in Times of Stress | UBC Equity

Ally Resources For Supporters Of Black Lives Matter | SWAAY (June 4, 2020)

Black Lives Matter: A guide to supporting anti-racism & human rights | Hip Hop Canada (June 4, 2020)

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

Protests, donations, lesson plans: How the education world is responding to George Floyd’s killing | Matt Barnum and Kalyn Belsha (2020)

How NYC Students and Teachers are Making Sense of George Floyd’s Killing | Alex Zimmerman and Reema Amin (2020)

Place, Land, and the Decolonization of the Settler Soul | David Addington Greenwood (2020)

A Guide to Equity and Antiracism for Educators | Hedreich Nichols (2020)

Standing in Solidarity with our Black Colleagues and Black Community in the United States | Dr. Africa Stewart (2020)

Scaffolded Anti-racist Resources

Curriculum for White Americans to Educate Themselves on Race and Racism–from Ferguson to Charleston | Jon Greenberg (2015)

Settler Traditions of Place: Making Explicit the Epistemological Legacy of White Supremacy and Settler Colonialism for Place-Based Education | Gardner Seawright (2014)

Toward a Theory of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy | Gloria Ladson-Billings (1995)

Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics | Kimberle Crenshaw (1989)

Decolonization is not a metaphor | Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang (2012)

How to talk to kids about race, and why you should start now | Dr. Handel Wright

The push for more Black history curriculum in British Columbia schools | Dr. Annette Henry

White people have to step up to identify systemic racism in Canada | Dr. Michelle Stack

Charles Adler Tonight: Outrage and Sorrow in America | Dr. Annette Henry

Panel discussion: Dealing with racial division | Dr. Annette Henry

We must tackle and dismantle systemic racism and white supremacy | Dr. Bathseba Opini

The road to allyship: Breaking down anti-Black sentiments across cultures | Dr. Handel Wright

Solidarity & Action: Five Tips for Tackling Racism | UBC Equity & Inclusion Office

Worth the Risk: Towards Decentring Whiteness in English Language Teaching | JPB Gerald (2020)

Looking for Excellent “Diverse” Books for Children? Start Here! | EmbraceRace

25 books about being Black in Canada | CBC Books (2020)

Teaching For Black Lives | Edited by Wayne Au, Jesse Hagopian and Dyan Watson (2018)

White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism | DiAngelo, Robin J. (2018)

Teaching community: A pedagogy of hope | bell hooks (2003)

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches | Audre Lorde (1984)

Me and White Supremacy | Layla F. Saad (2020)

Do the work: an anti-racist reading list | Layla F. Saad (2020)

How to be an antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi (2019)

The Skin We’re In | Desmond Cole (2020)

Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities | Frances Henry, Enaskshi Dua, Carl E. James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, Howard Ramos and Malinda S. Smith (2017)

So You Want To Talk about Race | Oluo, Ijeoma (2019)

13th | Ava DuVernay (full feature available on YouTube via Netflix)

A brief history of the Black Lives Matter movement | CBC Kids News (YouTube)

Black Communities in Canada Channel | free collection of films by award-winning Black filmmakers, creators, and allies of the Black community | National Film Board of Canada

I Am Not Your Negro | 2016 documentary based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House (official trailer, YouTube)

The Skin We’re In | CBC documentary following Desmond Cole as he researches his book