BIPOC Organizations, Support, and Resources.
We take a stand against racism. Here’s how you can help fight anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism and lift up the BIPOC communities here in Canada.
This list of resources will be updated on an ongoing basis. Have any Canada specific suggestions that aren’t on the list yet? Send us your suggestions by email to [email protected].
This list was last updated on 1/12/2021.
COVID-19 specific resources.
Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19 | ca.gofundme.com
This Black community support initiative is a fundraiser for a low-barrier, emergency, micro-grant program for Black people in British Columbia, Canada, who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Black Emergency Response Fund | ca.gofundme.com
Organized by Black Lives Matter Toronto, the Covid-19 Black Emergency Response Fund provides financial support to Black people in the GTA community who have lost income sources for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19.
FoodShare Toronto | foodshare.net
FoodShare Toronto is working with more than 50 frontline agencies to ensure that Canadians who are facing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic are getting access to good food. It says that in Canada, Black households are 3.56 times more likely to be food insecure than white households. Your donation will go toward providing emergency food relief to vulnerable communities.
Black Owned Businesses & Restaurants Opening During COVID | Click here for the Google doc
Support local businesses within the Black community. This document was created and is managed by Meg Cule and @j.a.l.i.l.
Webinar: How White Folks Can Take Anti-Racist Action in COVID-19 | surjtoronto.com
“In this webinar, we’ll talk about how to shut down racist scapegoating for this crisis and get involved in building a multi-racial movement for the things we all need in your region.”
This webinar took place online on April 29th 2020. The recordings are available below.
Legal aid for BIPOC communities.
Black Legal Action Centre | blacklegalactioncentre.ca
The Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) is a new not-for-profit corporation set up under the laws of Ontario in 2017. BLAC delivers legal aid services to low and no income Black Ontarians.
We work to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism by: providing legal representation, summary legal advice and brief services to individual clients, engaging in test case litigation, law reform and community development to improve the laws that affect low income people, and giving public legal information sessions to members of the public and other community agencies.
Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund | leaf.ca
LEAF is part of a national Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (LSC). The LSC is a nation-wide ad hoc coalition of groups and individuals formed in 2014 following the murder of Inuit university student Loretta Saunders, to marshall resources that address violence against Indigenous women. The LSC is engaged in legal advocacy and research to urgently address the critical issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW).
Indian Residential School Survivors Society | irsss.ca
The Indian Residential School Survivor Society (IRSSS) is a provincial organization with a twenty-year history of providing services to Indian Residential School Survivors. The Indian Residential School Survivors Society began in 1994 as a working committee of the First Nations Summit. We were known as the Residential School Project, housed out of and as a part of the BC First Nations Summit.
Our work was primarily to assist Survivors with the litigation process pertaining to Residential School abuses. In more recent years our work has expanded to include assisting the descendants of Survivors and implementing Community education measures (Indigenous & Non-Indigenous).
Organizations and collectives for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
BIPOC Led and Anti-Racism Organizations – Regional | Click here for the Google doc
Urban Alliance on Race Relations | urbanalliance.ca
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations is a non-profit charitable organization that strives to address emerging issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The Urban Alliance was formed in 1975 by a group of concerned Toronto citizens in response to hate-motivated violence targeting various racialized communities.
Black Lives Matter | blacklivesmatter.com
Black Lives Matter is an international human rights movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards Black people.
It Starts With Us | itstartswithus-mmiw.com
Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two-Spirits. The intention of this page is a space for family members to honour the lives of their loved ones through personal stories, photos or other important aspects of someone’s life, in hopes that this will balance the death-related details the media tends to focus on. ISWU partners with:
- No More Silence (NMS) aims to develop an inter/national network to support the work being done by activists, academics, researchers, agencies and communities to stop the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women.
- Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) is a grassroots not-for-profit volunteer organization located on unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa) led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls with support from Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies.
- The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada. Through their work, they recognize self-determination over our bodies is connected to how young Indigenous women, girls, LGBTTQQIA*, Two-Spirit, and gender non-conforming youth are/are not affected by all forms of gender based violence. Reclaiming sexuality on our own terms is critical in ending sexual violence.
Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) | surjtoronto.com
SURJ Toronto is a local chapter of an international organization committed to undermining white support for white supremacist systems and institutions. SURJ works to support and collaborate with local and national racial justice and decolonization organizing efforts led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) organizers.
SURJ Toronto will provide a space to develop consciousness, political education, skills, and political analysis to act for change under BIPOC-led organizing. SURJ Toronto aims to carry out this mission within Toronto and beyond, with a specific focus on issues and action related to the GTA and Canada more broadly.
Ryerson University Black Liberation Collective | blcryerson.com
Black Liberation Collectives are an international movement of students challenging anti-Black racism in post-secondary institutions The BLC began in Canada at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto in 2015.
Canada Anti-Hate Network | antihate.ca
The Canadian Anti-Hate Network monitors, exposes and counters hate groups.
Hogan’s Alley Society | hogansalleysociety.org
The Hogan’s Alley Society (HAS) is a non-profit organization composed of civil rights activists, business professionals, community organizations, artists, writers and academics committed to daylighting the presence of Black history in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia.
Canadian Race Relations Foundation | crrf-fcrr.ca
Canada’s leading agency dedicated to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society.
Canadian Anti-Racism Education & Research Society (CAERS) | stopracism.ca
Healthcare and support networks.
Black Health Alliance | blackhealthalliance.ca
A community-led charity looking to reduce the racial disparities in health access and care in Canada, focusing on the broad determinants of health, including racism.
The Black Health Alliance is a registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada. Building on our track record as an effective mobilizer and champion, we continue to grow our movement for change. Driven by groundbreaking research, strong partnerships, and people, this movement continues to build innovative solutions to improve Black health and well-being, and mobilize people and financial resources to create lasting change in the lives of Black children, families and communities.
Black Youth Helpline (Canada-wide) | blackyouth.ca
Productive futures for Canada’s children and youth through primary prevention of social, psychological breakdown in communities through a focus on education, health, and community development.
Education as a key foundation for positive citizenship and success in life. Our resultant belief is that ‘no child’ or “youth” should be excluded or dismissed from our schools. Opportunities for each person to maintain optimal health including barrier-free access to appropriate, professional, mainstream mental health assessment and services.
Mental health and support networks.
The Canada Suicide Prevention Service | crisisservicescanada.ca
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. We are experiencing an international civil rights movement of unprecedented size, in the midst of the uncertainty and challenges of a pandemic. You and your loved ones may be feeling especially isolated, overwhelmed or helpless in the face of these difficult, complex issues. This page is designed to be a helpful starting point, whether you are a member of a marginalized community looking for resources to support your well-being and mental health, or are interested in becoming or being a better Ally. The CSPS helpline is always here to support anyone with concerns related to suicide.
Our compassionate, highly-trained responders are available 24/7/365 to help you feel safer and explore ways to cope with suicidal ideation. Toll-free phone support is available in French and English at 1-833-456-4566. Text message support is available in English from 4PM to 12AM Eastern at 45645, standard messaging rates according to your phone carrier contract may apply.
- POC Online Classroom: Resources on self-care, mental health care, and healing for People of Colour.
- Liberate: Meditation app designed to address the specific needs and experiences of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour Community.
- The Safe Place App: A Minority Mental Health App geared towards the Black Community, includes tips on self-care, statistics, and other resources.
- We R Native: Online community and resource database for Native youth, by Native youth.
- Family-Care, Community-Care, and Self-Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma.
- Decolonizing Therapy: Resource database of self-care and mental healthcare for BIPOC.
- No Stigmas: Free, virtual workshops on how to care for yourself and advocate for your own mental health, as well as for your community.
- Self-Care Tips for Black People (Article)
- Supporting the well-being of LGBTQ+ Black youth: tips for how to protect and nurture your mental health and well-being
- Rest for Resistance: Online QTBIPOC mental resource.
- Depressed While Black: Online resource for Black people with depression.
- Black Yoga Teachers: 20 Black yoga teachers with online classes.
Information on the mental health impacts of being a member of a marginalized community:
- Physiological & Psychological Impact of Racism and Discrimination for African-Americans (Study)
- Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Status and Service Utilization (Study)
- Pathways to Suicidality Across Ethnic Groups in Canadian Adults: The Possible Role of Social Stress (Study)
- Violence, Racism and Mental Health – Where Do We Go From Here? (Article)
- Elbow River Lodge (Calgary): The Elbow River Healing Lodge offers a full range of primary care services and visiting specialists to First Nations (Status and Non-Status), Métis, and Inuit peoples and their families.
- Awo Taan: A shelter for women fleeing abuse. Indigenous centered.
- QYOC – Queer Youth of Colour (Calgary): A collective dedicated to the safety of queer youth of colour in YYC — Email is the best way to contact QYOC.
- LGBTQ+ Newcomer Services (Calgary): Resources for LGBTQ+ newcomers.
- Recovery College (Calgary): Free mental health classes on a variety of subjects to help with your healing and recover. Indigenous smudge and resources are available. There are two Black peer support workers at the downtown location.
- Afros in Tha City (Calgary): Afrocentric community in YYC.
- Indigenous Services at CPL (Calgary): Speak with an elder. Dates and times listed in the link. Elder Adrian Wolfleg is a trained counselor.
- Healing Bones Lodge (Calgary): An Indigenous healing lodge centered on Indigenous healing and spiritual practices.
- Free Mediation and Conflict Resolution (Calgary): Not BIPOC specific but a valuable resource.
- Shades of Colour YEG (Edmonton): POC community resource based out of Edmonton.
- Sum of Us Festival (California, USA): A wellness festival for Womxn, Trans and Gender Non-conforming folx.
Educational tools and economic opportunities for BIPOC.
Black Women in Motion (Toronto) | blackwomeninmotion.org
An organization that supports the advancement of Black women in Toronto through educational tools, economic opportunities and cultural content.
Native Women’s Association of Canada | nwac.ca
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women. NWAC is an aggregate of thirteen Native women’s organizations from across Canada and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974. Much like a “Grandmother’s Lodge”, we as aunties, mothers, sisters, brothers and relatives collectively recognize, respect, promote, defend and enhance our Native ancestral laws, spiritual beliefs, language and traditions given to us by the Creator.
Indspire | indspire.ca
Founded in 1985, Indspire helps Indigenous students in Canada complete their post-secondary education by providing bursaries and scholarships. Indigenous people are under-represented in post-secondary education, with only 10% of Indigenous students completing university degrees compared to 27% of other Canadian students.
Lack of funding is the most significant barrier to completing post-secondary education for Indigenous people. The Centre for the Study of Living Standards estimates that greater achievement in higher education for Indigenous peoples would increase their annual income by $11,236 by 2031 and that closing the education gap for Indigenous students in Canada would cumulatively increase Canadian GDP by $261 Billion by 2031. The charity’s head office is in Ohsweken, Ontario.
Decolonial and anti-racist resources.
- Action Dignity: Community empowerment and leadership development for ethno-cultural communities in Calgary.
- AROC: Anti-racism resources (particularly for organizations).
- Decolonial Reading List: Turtle Island.
- YYC Voices: VOICES is a coalition of people of colour–both trans & cis, queer and straight–committed to advocating for racialized and marginalized communities in the City of Calgary.
- Native Calgarian: Podcast about Indigenous issues in YYC
- The Unlearning Channel: Unlearning white supremacy and racism, one podcast at a time.
- Redirect: A program that works to prevent radicalization to violence through community education and awareness, as well as prevention and intervention. Not BIPOC specific.
BIPOC-focused art centers and organizations.
We believe that an important part of reconciliation is lifting up organizations that contribute to the advancement of Indigenous peoples in Canadian society. We support and encourage you to learn about the following organizations:
Nia Centre | niacentre.org
Canada’s first Black art centre, committed to fostering and promoting Black identity and community in Toronto through art.
Initially funded through the Youth Challenge Fund in 2008 to address the roots of youth violence and disengagement, early programs focused on helping young people hone their artistic talents, and support positive youth development. Since then, Nia Centre has connected thousands of young people and emerging youth artists to mentors, opportunities to build transferable skills and employment. The Centre has offered programs in music, spoken word, literature, visual arts, theatre, dance and interdisciplinary arts often in partnership with established artists and arts organizations.
Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires | primary-colours.ca
Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires is a multi-year arts initiative which began in 2016. Its main objective is to place Indigenous arts at the centre of the Canadian arts system. Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires also asserts that creative practices by artists of colour, who have roots around the world, play a critical role in imagining the future(s) of Canadian art making.
Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires works to de-centre the Western world art lens in order to better understand the complexity of Indigenous art forms and those from various communities of colour. This is explored by updating the 30 year old arts conversations regarding race, ethnicity, colonialism, cultural/racial diversity, racism in the arts – to name just a few areas – and by proposing new frames for the future.
Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artists’ Collective Inc. Online Indigenous Arts Initiative | saskculture.ca
We work on our own, and with other community partners, to provide a range of programs and services designed to encourage the growth of cultural activity in the province.
One of our most important roles is to ensure that a portion of the funds derived from Saskatchewan Lotteries ticket sales go to support cultural activity in the province. We work with our partners – Sask Sport and Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association – to govern and guide policy direction for the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation on behalf of the people of Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan Lotteries is an important fundraiser for many non-profit sport, culture and recreation programs.
Hands on Clay Collective | handsoncollective.ca
Hands on Clay Collective creates pottery on the traditional, unceded territory and ancestral homelands of those who lived here long before colonization: the Coast Salish peoples – Lək̓ʷəŋən (Esquimalt and Songhees Nations), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) – whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day. We acknowledge our presence here as uninvited guests. We mourn the many murdered and missing Indigenous people at the hands of state violence and police brutality, and those whose cases have gone un-investigated and without justice.
Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada | passthefeather.org
In taking inspiration from the Haudenosaunee Seventh Generation Principle, the Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada was founded in 2012 to preserve and revitalize endangered Indigenous art forms and enrich lives through Indigenous arts and culture. In using our knowledge from Ancestors and Elders, we are actively practicing and teaching in safe and inclusive spaces.
The IACC engages, [re]connects and empowers Indigenous women by promoting the transfer and conservation of cultural knowledge; securing the capacity for the next generations to retain and cultivate intrinsic cultural connections. The IACC is a Canada not-for-profit corporation. We are artists FOR artists. We are a volunteer organization led by Indigenous women.
Indigenous Cinema from the National Film Board | nfb.ca
Films on this site can be streamed free of charge, or downloaded for your personal use for a small fee. We also offer educational works on a subscription basis to schools and institutions.
Our Collection includes documentaries, animations, experimental films, fiction and interactive works. We showcase films that take a stand on issues of global importance that matter to Canadians—stories about the environment, human rights, international conflict, the arts and more. We also have a selection of animated films for both adults and children from talented filmmakers such as Cordell Barker, Chris Landreth, Ryan Larkin, Richard Condie, Ishu Patel, Caroline Leaf, and others. You’ll discover new releases, old favourites and Canadian classics along with works from many of Canada’s legendary directors. We have films for all ages, in both French and English.
Black creators you can (and should) follow.
Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue (BAND) | bandgallery.com
BAND is dedicated to supporting, documenting and showcasing the artistic and cultural contributions of Black artists and cultural workers in Canada and internationally.
People of Craft | peopleofcraft.com
People of Craft is a growing showcase of creatives of color and their craft in design, advertising, tech, illustration, lettering, art, and more.
Black Artists Union (BAU) | baucollective.ca
The BAU assists in the movement and exhibition of artists and creators of the African diaspora. The BAU aims to represent the ideas and work of contemporary Black creators. As art being a language to connect with others, this is a platform to help develop skills for navigating and engaging in art spaces.
How to be a better ally.
Guide to Allyship | guidetoallyship.com
An excellent resource on what Allyship means and how to be a strong Ally.
Anti-Racist Allyship Start Pack | Click here for the Google doc
Resources and tools regarding racism and anti-blackness and how to be a better ally.
Mapping Our Roles in A Social Change Ecosystem | buildingmovement.org
Together this map and reflection guide can be used at an individual level to reflect, assess, and plan, as well as at staff and board retreats, team-building meetings, orientations, and strategy session. It provides questions for individuals and organizations to locate and understand their own roles, identify the gaps and strengths in their ecosystems, and develop aspirations for the future.
6 Ways to Activate Beyond Social Media | @jezzchung
The Conscious Kid Instagram Account | @theconsciouskid
Tools to help raise children through a critical race lens.
Justice in June | Click here for the Google doc
A resource for the purpose of providing a starting place for individuals trying to become better Allies.
Showing Up for Racial Justice | showingupforracialjustice.org
Political education, toolkits and other resources.
EmbraceRace | embracerace.org
Web resources for guidance for parents and guardians, to nurture resilience in children of colour and raise children who think critically about racial inequality.
National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race | nmaahc.si.edu
Talking about race, although hard, is necessary. The National Museum of African American History & Culture has provided some tools and guidance to help empower your journey and inspire conversation.
Open Source Anti-Racist Lesson Plans & Resources for Educators | Click here for the Google doc
“Actively growing and changing document for the free and open distribution of lesson plans, reading material, and documents to help educators in crafting a world we wish to see.”
Reading lists for both BIPOC and allies.
CBC: 35 Books to Read for National Indigenous History Month.
CBC: 25 Books About Being Black in Canada.
The Kit: 10 Essential Books About Black People’s Experiences.
Black + Asian American Feminist Solidarities: A Reading List by Black Women Radicals.
Children’s Books That Discuss Race & Racism.
Huffington Post: Read Black Canadian Authors.
- “Policing Black Lives” by Robyn Maynard.
- “The Skin We’re In” by Desmond Cole.
- “Blank: Essays and Interviews” by M. NourbeSe Philip.
- “In the Black” by B. Denham Jolly.
- “Queer Returns: Essays On Multiculturalism, Diaspora and Black Studies” by Rinaldo Walcott.
Additional reading and resources for allies.
- Refinery29: Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not.
- Racial Equity Tools.
- Dismantling Racism Works: A web-based workbook.
- Bustle: 10 Books About Race to Read Instead of Asking a Person of Color to Explain Things to You.
- LCP Chapbook Series: These Lands: a collection of voices by Black Poets in Canada.
- LCP Chapbook series: I am what becomes of broken branch: a collection of voices by Indigenous poets in Canada.
- CBC: Books, radio interviews, TEDx talks, and documentaries featuring Black voices.
- Centre for Social Innovation: How to be an Ally.
- Nova Scotia Community College: Anti-Racist Lesson Plans & Resources for Educators.
- Harvard University: Implicit Bias Test.
- Wellesley Institute: Racism, Health & What You Can Do About It.
- Yale University: Becoming Trustworthy White Allies.
- Halifax Public Library: Antiracist Reading List For All Ages.
- MacLean’s: Letters to America from Black Canadians.
- Film: Our Dance of Revolution: The history of Toronto’s black queer community.
Petition to release data on police-involved deaths in Canada | change.org
This petition calls for documentation of police-involved deaths by race, to provide transparency and data on police violence, which especially affects Canadian people of colour.
Justice for Regis Petition | change.org
This petition aims to reach the attention of Mayor John Tory, MPP Bhutila Karpoche and Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders to commit to a transparent investigation in the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet and to hold the officers involved accountable.
Podcasts in Color | podcastsincolor.com
Podcasts in Color is a resource for podcasts by Black and brown storytellers.
Revision Path | revisionpath.com
Revision Path is an award-winning weekly showcase of Black designers, developers, and digital creatives from all over the world. Through in-depth interviews, you’ll learn about their work, their goals, and what inspires them as creative individuals.
Intersectionality Matters by the African American Policy Forum | aapf.org
A podcast that brings intersectionality to life.
5 Mental Health Podcasts by Therapists of Color | justdavia.com
There’s no denying that mental health is highly stigmatized in communities of color. Thankfully, stigma hasn’t stopped these therapists from spreading awareness through their mental health podcasts. Check out 5 dope podcasts by therapists of color.