Our Steps Forward & Anti-Racism Resources


It’s been 11 days since George Floyd was murdered by four police officers in Minneapolis. In the days that have followed, we have watched further brutality in horror, watched a powerful uprising in awe, and reckoned with our own privilege and place in the resistance. As people, and as a company, we see clearly that we can and must be doing more to live and work in a way that is actively and openly anti-racist.

We started with an immediate donation to the Black Visions Collective, a racial justice initiative based in Minneapolis, doing good work to end systemic racism and police brutality and create a world where all Black people are free to live safe, happy, free, and fulfilling lives.

We are now in the midst of doing some research and adding a Canada-based racial justice organization to our roster of monthly charitable giving. We understand that systemic racism and embedded white supremacy are continuing problems in Canada as well, and we are committed to being part of the solution. We have seen, heard, and appreciated the feedback that there is a noticeable lack of diversity on our existing teams. We have been engaged in conversations this week about how to fix this, and are putting an actionable plan in place to begin working on right away. We have always considered ourselves to be a steadfastly equal-opportunity employer, but we know we need to be more purposeful about recruiting a diverse team that is representative of our community and our company’s core values.

In this blog post, we’ve put together a quick summary of just some of the resources we’ve been turning to this week and will continue to lean on in the days, weeks, and months to come. If you are a person of privilege, we hope that you will explore some of these resources, and take the information presented forward as you dig deeper into your own work on this subject. If you personally benefit from white privilege, then you personally have a role to play in dismantling the systems of oppression that lead to the violence we have seen. We are all our brother's keeper.


Where to Donate


Black Lives Matter Solidarity Fund Nova Scotia

An emergency fund for black people living throughout Nova Scotia


Canadian Race Relations Foundation

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is Canada’s Leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian Society


Canadian Civil Liberties Association

CCLA Fights for the civil liberties, human rights and democratic freedoms of all people across Canada


Black Health Alliance

The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.







What to Read


Books





Articles







Children’s Books








What to Listen to


Podcasts








What to Watch


  • 13th by Ava Duvernay | Netflix

  • American Son by Kenny Leon | Netflix

  • Dear White People by Justin Simien | Netflix

  • See You Yesterday by Stefon Bristol | Netflix

  • When They See Us by Ava Duvernay | Netflix

  • Just Mercy Available To Stream for Free Through June



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