Our work for climate justice includes addressing racism, as climate change disproportionately impacts BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) communities. We want a safer world for all our kids. We hope the ideas below are a helpful place to start. Get in touch if you need support or to share more action ideas: [email protected]
1. Start with yourself
By learning and being more aware we can help our families and communities learn too. Watch this 4-min intro: How to raise an anti-racist child (CBC).
2. Learn about the Indigenous land you’re on
Indigenous peoples have cared for the land, waters and all living things since time immemorial. We need Indigenous knowledge and solutions to counter the climate crisis. Ongoing colonization means their cultures are under threat. Find out more about the Indigenous land you’re on: native-land.ca. Learn more about land acknowledgements and beyond.
Research together and talk about this with the kids in your life. Here are some initial questions you could explore:
- What and whose territories are you on? How do Indigenous peoples refer to the place where you live, how is it pronounced?
- What languages are spoken?
- What Indigenous laws or treaties exist?
- What are Indigenous teachings on land stewardship and maintaining relationships with other-than-human beings?
- What are some things we can do to become stewards of the land?
3. Talk to your kids about race
Library check-up: The stories our kids are exposed to matter. Does your home library or your child’s school library include a number of books that feature Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC)? Talk with your school librarian about adding books that showcase a wide variety of people, so that BIPOC kids can see themselves in these stories. If your school has a limited budget, organize a book drive or fundraiser and get those books on shelves!
- Moms Against Racism provides Diverse Book Baskets - you can purchase for yourself, your school or donate to support a book basket delivery to schools in need.
- Check out Parents for Diversity’s Diversity Library catalog.
- Check out the @booksfordiversity instagram account for some ideas of cool books.
4. Financially support anti-racist organizations and movements. Follow their news and show up for their actions and events. For example:
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network
- Assembly of 7 Generations
- Black Lives Matter Canada
- Black Environmental Initiative
- Canadian Coalition for Environmental and Climate Justice
- Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
- Foundation for Black Communities
- Indigenous Climate Action
- Indian Residential School Survivors Society
- Migrant Rights Network
- Moms Against Racism
- Pay Your Rent
Research local organizations near you working on racial justice and support them. Let us know who we should add to this list: [email protected]
5. Connect and learn with others
Collective learning, reflection and action is important to deepen our understanding and stay dedicated. Here are some ways to connect with other families for accountability and support:
- Join Moms Against Racism (Canada)
- Join or start a For Our Kids team to connect with others locally.
- Start a conversation or organize an event for your school community.
- If you’re white, consider following resources from Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ)
- See our list here, of free online courses to learn about decolonization
Gather some friends and watch or read and then discuss these resources:
- Racism Is Killing the Planet: The ideology of white supremacy leads the way toward disposable people and a disposable natural world
- Talking to Young Children About Race and Racism
- What systemic racism in Canada looks like (10 min)
- How to be anti-racist: it’s more than books, quotes and Blackout Tuesday (5 min)
- Moms Against Racism (Canada): Revolutionary Mothering | Dr. Lisa Gunderson | One Love Consulting (25 min)
- Dad Central (Canada): Dads and talking to your kids about racism (1hour)
- Colour Code: A Podcast About Race in Canada
- Good Ancestor Podcast with Layla F. Saad
- Anti-Racism podcast list for more ideas