Black Lives Matter Resources from Local Creators

By: Ontario Culture Days

As we are called to action by  Black Lives Matter protests happening in communities across Ontario, North America, and the world, many of us are taking time to better educate ourselves. In Ontario, we’ve seen excellent content being created and shared, from reading lists to films, to hands-on activities. Here are some that you can check out right now.

Get reading

Recent noteworthy publications include  The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole and Black Life by Idil Abdillahi and Rinaldo Walcott. Check-out these anti-racism recommendations by FOLD: The Festival of Literary Diversity, and A Different Booklist for your next book club.

 

Get hands-on 

Creative collective Pique has connected illustrators and artists with Toronto’s mental health charities to develop at-home activities that become stunning works of art.  

Hope You’re Well Colouring book by illustrator Alexis Eke, A 500-piece puzzle designed by Julius Campbell (@uptwn), 52-card deck designed by Adeyemi Adegbesan (@yung.yemi)

Learn some local history

Training for equality 101. Myseum is letting you in on the untold story of Canada’s Black train porters. View their Exhibit and Panel Discussion

 

Join the Conversation

Music, Parenting, and the workplace are just some of the topics covered in these podcasts. Listen in to these discussions, stories and learning opportunities with an Ontario focus. Tune into Decoding Black and The Secret Life of Canada.

 

Stream online for free

The National Film Board has put together a list of films featuring black communities in Canada. Some noteworthy Ontario stories include Speakers for the dead by David Sutherland & Jennifer Holness Everybody’s children by Monika Delmos and True North by Ryan Sidhoo.

If you’re looking for more, Cineplex has also put together a list of blockbuster films to view for free.

True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball Ryan Sidhoo, 2019.

Paint the City Black

Over 40 artists have come together in a show of solidarity to Paint the City Black in Toronto’s Graffiti Alley. The Initiative was created in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement featuring a public gallery of new pieces. 

 


Featured Image by: Blaze Wiradharma