Anti-Indigenous racism shows itself in the ongoing discrimination, negative stereotyping, and injustices experienced by Indigenous Peoples in Canada. It includes ideas and practices that establish, maintain and perpetuate power imbalances, systemic barriers, and inequitable outcomes … which often stem from the legacy of colonial policies and practices in Canada.

Addressing Inequity
To learn more about聽what聽New Westminster Schools is doing to address and improve on inequitable outcomes, please ready more here: Indigenous Education

But what does that mean? Where does that come from?

Systemic anti-Indigenous racism is influenced by things like federal policies, like the Indian Act. It can be seen in the generational trauma created by the residential school system. And we can measure the impact of this racism in many ways, such as the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in provincial criminal justice and child welfare systems. We also see it as we measure and work to address the inequitable outcomes in education, reported well-being, and in health.*

(*Outlined here:   on October 22, 2022)

As we engage in this work, it’s important that we have a clear understanding and definition about what we are trying to overcome, change or dismantle. Anti-Indigenous Racism shows up in our resources, in our language and in our spaces. Once we are aware of it, we must name it, notice it and combat it whenever it shows up.

We also need to be open on our learning journey to the opportunities. As much as we have a responsibility to look for and remove the barriers we know people face, we also need to learn from and celebrate the cultural teachings that are possible … to amplify both the battles against racism and the celebrations of culture, storytelling and sharing lived experiences.

Free Storybook Resources

Below you’ll find free storybooks for you and your family to use at home. If you click on them, you’ll be taken to a free audio-book or read aloud version, perfect for storytime.

Elementary and Middle resources

Other resources

We’ve also included some more novels and stories to better educate yourself and your family about the history, culture, and issues facing Indigenous people across Canada. You can access these books through your local community or school library, or possibly at local bookstores.

Elementary and Middle resources

  Title Author Age range
Shi-shi-etkoNicola I. Campbell5-7 years old
Ancestor ApprovedCynthia Leitich Smith8-12 years old
The Barren GroundsDavid Robertson10-12 years old
BordersThomas King10 years old+
Braiding Sweetgrass for Young AdultsMonique Gray Smith12 years old+

Secondary and Mature resources

  Title Author Age range
21 Things you may not Know 海角社区 the Indian ActBob JosephMature
All our relationsTanya TalagaMature
From the AshesJesse ThistleMature
Indigenous RelationsBob Joseph and Cynthia F. JosephMature
The Inconvenient IndianThomas KingMature
This Place – 150 Years RetoldKateri Akiwenzie-Dame, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, David A. Robertson, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jen Storm, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette, Chelsea VowelMature

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