Courageous Conversations

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Maya Angelou - Poet, Dancer, Producer, Playwright, Director, Author 

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

The first couragous conversation we need to have is with ourselves. Within the book, Me and White Supremacy, author Layla F. Saad leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book includes historical and cultural contexts, shares stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.

Start a Book Study

Five Steps to Starting a Book Club

Step One: Decide what book you want to read.

Step Two: Choose a setting that respects current Health and Safety COVID guidelines.

Online Forums easy-to-use discussion boards that can be accessed at anytime

  • Zoom
  • Facebook Group
  • Google Plus

Video Chat Meetings have your meetings face-to-face through the screen

  • Skype
  • Oovoo
  • Google Hangouts

Step Three: Invite Your Members.

  • The ideal size of a Book Club is between 8 and 16 members
  • A great way to gather a large diverse group is to invite 3-5 people and ask each of them to invite 3 or 4 friends.

Step Four: Set up a Pre-Book Book Club Meeting.

Gather everyone together to discuss:

  • the first book option
  • the permanent meeting location and time
  • how the Book Club will be run, and the goals for the Book Club.
  • Bring one or two options for meeting times and the first book.
  • Take a vote if you would like to have everyone involved in the decision making process.

Step Five: Select your first book and send out a Meeting Schedule for the remainder of the year.

Look Through an Anti-Racism Lens

Choose Your Voice - Online teacher resource for Gr. 4-6 to help students speak out against racism. 

New York Times - First Encournters with Race and Racism  

Black Lives Matters at School - Lesson Plans

Unpacking Privilege - Media Smart

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion - this is a website for teacher to find resources to support high school teachers to bring diversity and inclusion into classrooms

Take a Privilege Walk - This is an experiential activity to help people with certain privileges become aware, because some privileges are so embedded into the mainstream that those who have these privileges may not see them. 

Challenging Racist 'British Columbia': 150 Year and Counting

150 Years and Counting (150YC) is a new open-access, multi-media resource that documents how this recent cycle of anti-racist activism is part of a broader history of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities challenging white supremacy for over 150 years – particularly since 1871 when BC joined Canada. 

Visit the website