Hate is learned. Children as young as three begin to mimic observed discriminatory and racist behaviours and attitudes from role models: parents, older siblings, teachers and coaches, for example. The following resources and activities have been designed to engage children and youth with opportunities to expand their understanding of others and gain greater insights into how we are all interconnected and interdependent. These lessons help illustrate that racism, sexism and hate are a choice. Through these activities, participants will be encouraged, empowered and equipped to stand up, speak out and push back against hatred. Oh, and fun fact: these lessons work great in a work setting too!
Kindness matters. These books (divided by reading level) help underscore the importance of kindness - and the realities of hatred.
Understanding terminology is important. Here's a quick glossary of words and phrases that you should know.
Acknowledging holidays, observances and other key dates throughout the year is a way for lessons about racism and bigotry to be ongoing.
A microaggression is a statement or action of indirect, subtle or unintentional discrimination.
Privilege often hides in plain sight. From the names of pencil crayon colours, to the colour of bandages or makeup, privilege is everywhere.
In this lesson, students will explore how hashtag activism is changing the activist and advocate narrative, and how they can use technology to speak out about causes that are important to them.
In this course, we’re going to look at how privilege can impact us.
A great way to build understanding and promote tolerance is to breakdown misunderstandings.
The following story is a way to set the stage for discussions around racism, diversity and inclusion.
Understanding our similarities and appreciating our differences plays a major role in creating and celebrating a culture of diversity and inclusion.
Music is powerful. Many people can associate a memory with a song. In fact, in many circumstances we use songs to help solidify a memory (e.g. first dance at weddings). In this lesson, music will be used to help students learn more about cultures and attitudes by analyzing a song of protest.
Stereotypes (an oversimplified, widely held fixed image or idea of a particular type/group of person or thing) can be both positive and negative. In this assignment, students will look for examples of racial stereotypes in mass media (TV, film or advertising) to breakdown the impacts these stereotypes.