Getting Started

A crucial part of anti-racism work is engagement. Strides and transformative change can only occur if we engage with each other to identify the effects of racism. Four tools have been provided to support your engagement in anti-racism practice. This is how we get started:

  • Review the Anti-Racist Leadership: A Starter's Toolkit
  • Review 11 Tips for Having Inclusive and Racially Responsive Conversations
  • Complete Exploring Unit Readiness individually or as a group
  • Plan specific goals and actions to advance anti-racism using the Anti-Racism Action Planning Template
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Resources to actively engage in anti-racism practice

Anti-Racist Leadership: A Starter's Toolkit

This toolkit aims to support leaders in starting the dialogue, exploring their role in creating an anti-racist institution, and deepening their understanding of what it means to be an anti-racist leader.

It includes books, web resources, podcasts, videos/movies, articles and GBC resources.

11 Tips for Having Inclusive and Racially Responsive Conversations

One way to actively engage with this work is through conversation. The tool: 11 Tips for Having Inclusive and Racially Responsive Conversations is a resource that supports creating space to explore listen and have meaningful dialogue about race, racism, and anti-racism.

Exploring Unit Readiness

The second tool, Exploring Unit Readiness, is a tool that can be completed individually or as a group, formally or informally. This tool provides individuals, teams or units with the opportunity to evaluate where they are situated in relation to addressing racial inequities. The tool also creates an opening for team discussion and exploration of the current state as well as a benchmark for progress.

Anti-Racism Action Planning Template

The third tool, the Anti-Racism Action Planning Template, supports units in planning specific goals and actions to advance anti-racism within teams and units. The Anti-Racism Action Planning Template guides teams in developing goals that are aligned with organizational strategic priorities by way of asking the right questions, creating milestones/steps, outlining individual and group responsibilities and identifying indicators of success for the work that has been planned.

Racial healing, self-care, and restoration tips

Canadian Suicide Prevention Service

The Canada Suicide Prevention Service was built as an equitable, accessible service, there to support anyone in need living anywhere in Canada. The CSPS helpline will always be guided by principles of inclusion, stakeholder engagement and accessibility.

Toll-free phone support is available in French and English at 1-833-456-4566.

Text message support is available in English from 4:00 pm to 12:00 am Eastern at 45645, standard messaging rates according to your phone carrier contract may apply.