Black Lives Matter: Resources for Parents
Updated: Jun 8
Thank you to teacher Rebekah for writing this post.
With the rising awareness of police violence, anti-Blackness, and ongoing systemic and interpersonal racism over the last few weeks, we wanted to offer some resources for having conversations with children about racism, share some diverse booklists, and highlight some local organizations that we can support.
Talking about race with children
It’s never too early to talk with children about race. This recent CBC article highlights some of the reasons why. Here are some resources if you’re looking for support in these conversations:
Anti-racism for kids 101: Starting to talk about race, part 2 can be found here
20-minute NPR podcast episode on talking to young children about race (includes questions some children may have, and potential responses)
Raising race conscious kids - a resource for talking about race with young children
Having honest conversations about race with preschoolers
Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vHymutysWU
Vera Ahiyya, aka the Tutu Teacher, has a great video about race and what is going on in the US that she recorded for her kindergarten class. She explains what’s going on, and reads the story Let’s Talk About Race by Julius Lester. She also runs the Diverse Reads instagram account which is another great resource.
Books about racism
31 children’s books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance by the Conscious Kid (they have more useful articles, resources, and book lists available through their patreon)
Diverse reads has great suggestions on their Instagram account
If any of these resources have been useful - consider donating directly to the person/organization that put them together!
Books about nature, the outdoors, environmentalism, featuring diverse characters
Local organizations + businesses you can support
For donations, Hogan’s Alley Society, Black Lives Matter Vancouver, or the Emergency Black Community COVID-19 Fund are all local Black-led organizations doing work in the community. A list of more organizations based in Canada can be found here.
Led by Dr. Joseph Lin, The Green Club has been dedicated to environmental education on biodiversity and multiculturalism in Metro Vancouver since 1993.
Learning more + other opportunities
Eager to learn more about anti-racism? Check out Stratagem, a locally-organized virtual conference in July on equity, inclusion and justice. They’re also offered content (workshops, creativity and movement classes) for kids + youth in grades 3-12!
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has a great resource centre for parents, educators, and families for anti-bias education.
Melanin Basecamp published a guide to outdoor allyship.
Please email us through our Contact Us page if you have other resources to add!