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Resources to Promote Understanding of Systemic Racism

At Canada's National Ballet School (NBS), we have heard from students, staff, parents and the wider NBS community about the importance of deepening our understanding of histories and contexts that get to the heart of systemic racism.
Below, we offer only a small handful of historical, cultural and contemporary resources to support each of us in our personal education, which can be deeply personal journeys. This is not an exhaustive list. We look forward to this continued conversation and welcome recommendations on other resources to add to this list (please e-mail
Please note: We recognize that each Canadian represents an intersection of many identities. NBS will continue to pursue education and policies that foster and promote equity and inclusion for those who have been historically under-represented such as members of racialized groups (Indigenous, Black, People of Colour (IBPOC)); the LGBTQ+ community; and persons living with disability/ies.
Reading List

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

  • The Fire Next Time, by James Baldwin

  • Halfbreed, by Maria Campbell

  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in A World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown

  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

  • Are Prisons Obsolete?, by Angela Y. Davis

  • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

  • Canada in Africa, by Yves Engler

  • How To Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi

  • Sister Outsider, by Audre Lorde

  • Policing Black Lives, by Robyn Maynard

  • Legacy: Trauma, Story and Indigenous Healing, Suzanne Methot

  • So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

  • Viola Desmond’s Canada, by Graham Reynolds

  • Me and White Supremacy, by Layla Saad

  • Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson

Online Video Resources

Films and Shows

  • 13th (documentary)

  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

  • The Book of Negroes (Mini-Series and Historical novel)

  • I Am Not Your Negro (documentary)

  • Just Mercy (Biography)

  • Selma (Historical Drama)

  • When They See Us (Mini-Series)


Resources to support conversations with children about racism

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