Taking Steps

The beauty of anti-racism is that you don’t have to pretend to be free of racism to be an antiracist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward. – Ijeoma Oluo, Author of So You Want to Talk About Race

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Author Layla F. Saad wrote Me and White Supremacy to encourage people who hold white privilege to examine their (often unconscious) racist thoughts and behaviors through a unique, 28-day reflection process complete with journaling prompts. 

https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/

Join a Book Club

Consider joining or starting a book club.

Choose a Book

Listen and Speak with Care

1) Resist white fragility by not trying to defend or justify when individuals of colour are sharing their lived truth.

2) Avoid usage of stereotypical and normalized, microaggressive comments.

“Where are you really from?”
“What are you?”
“You sound white” or “You’re really well-spoken.” 
“I don’t really see you as Indian.”
“You have really big eyes for an Asian person.”
"I don't see colour"

3) During a national crisis, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, do not scapegoat certain racial and/or ethnic groups for the crisis. 

4) Prior to travelling, learn about the culture and their values. 

Be Present

1) Support a local organization working in the areas of anti-racism, inclusion or support for at-risk groups.

2) Attend workshops, events, conferences, and protests that focus on race-related issues.

3) Committees working in the areas of diversity and anti-racism.

4) Don't be afraid to respectfully speak up! What we permit, we give permission to.

 

Support Someone New to Canada

Canada Connects is an initiative to help newcomers settle by matching them with Canadian citizens or longtime community members.

Integration is a two-way street and everyone can get involved to build welcoming communities.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/campaigns/canada-connects.html

Host an International Visitor

The Kootenay Lake School District host international student to study in our schools. Please contact kootenay.international@sd8.bc.ca if you are interested in becoming a Homestay.

Increase Diversity

The Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia connects employers with immigrant talent. We help employers create diverse and inclusive workplaces.

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