Some of you have asked for information regarding the protests in Toronto and how you can support community safety and anti-racism.
Inspired by the horrific murder of George Floyd, Black Anglicans of Canada is hosting a series of weekly conversations on anti-black racism Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00 pm on Zoom.
July 29: Bending the Knee and Changing the Hearts: A Toronto Model for a Just Intercultural Church, Speaker: Rev. Dr Sonia Hinds
Here are some resources you can look into to educate yourself about racial injustice and ways you can get involved in supporting anti-racism and public safety.
- Letter by the Racial Injustice Advisory Committee (RJAC) of the Eastern Synod, June 2, 2020 [PDF]
- Joint statement from the RJAC and the Circle of Reconciliation and Justice (CRJ), June 15, 2020 [PDF]
- Anti-Racism Resources
Compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker, Alyssa Klein in May 2020
A document intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work.
- Anti-Black Racism in Canada
Compiled by Leadnow
An e-mail compiling a list of books, articles, and ways to support and donate
- Prayers and Sermons on Racism
- Recommended Books and Articles on Racial Injustice
Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US. (Book), Lenny Duncan, July 2, 2019 – Fortress Press
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Book), Robin DiAngelo, June 26, 2018 – Beacon Press
“Caught Up in God” (Article)
Willie James Jennings. (2020, May 19). Retrieved from The Christian Century.
World Indigenous Day is coming up on Sunday, August 9 2020. This day is an opportunity for us to listen to the stories of the silenced and to understand the harm our Indigenous sisters and brothers face today as a result of centuries of racial oppression and ignorance.
Here are some ways you can inform yourself about the oppression of Indigenous Peoples of Canada:
This is a free online interactive map you can use to find out which Indigenous nation the land you are living on belongs to! For example, did you know that Martin Luther Church was built on the land of the Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ , the Huron-Wendat and the Haudenosaunee?
- Where Are the Children? http://wherearethechildren.ca/en/
A website that shares legacy of residential schools — operated in Canada by the Government of Canada and the church between 1831 and 1996, with the objective of assimilating Aboriginal children.
- Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Prairies, https://www.reserve107thefilm.com/
An award winning short documentary that critically explores the relationship of the church to Indigenous peoples as we follow an ELCIC congregation coming to terms with the wrongs of the past.
- Read the website or Facebook page of the Indigenous Nation closest to you to
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- CBC’s recommended Canadian books for kids and teens to read about Indigenous Peoples and the issues they face! https://www.cbc.ca/books/20-canadian-books-for-kids-and-teens-to-read-for-national-indigenous-history-month-1.5597339
If you would like to add any important resources to continue the discussion or racial justice in North America, please contact us!