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At Laurier, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and Indigenization are part of our core values as a learning institution. To help further the knowledge and skills of our community of educators within the Faculty of Education, the Faculty’s EDI and Indigenization Coalition has prepared this collection of resources. The resources focus on the diversity of cultures, lived experiences, identities, and ways of knowing, and challenge oppressive frameworks.

This collection draws on a range of digital sources and includes information tools suitable for educator self-growth as well as resources for teaching in K-12 classrooms. All items are categorized by general topic and the resources for teaching are also listed according to age group.

This catalogue is not exhaustive, but it is a living collection that is monitored and updated over time. The entries in this collection are reviewed through an ongoing vetting process supported by resource people with knowledge and expertise in teaching and learning about EDI and Indigenization. Laurier’s Bachelor of Education students, Kalysta Mejia-Torres and Renny Talianchich, initiated this project for their Alternative Placement and will continue to act as curators for the 2021/22 academic year, supported by Dr. Avis Beek of the Faculty of Education. If you would like to contribute to the collection or have any comments or suggestions, please contact the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Indigenization Coalition at eduediicoalition@wlu.ca.

Self-Growth: Resources for Educators

The resources in this section serve to support educators in their own journey learning about EDI and Indigenization. They can be used to develop teaching skills, help identify biases and gaps in one’s knowledge, and support the creation of inclusive spaces that empower students.

Creating a "Brave Space"

A “brave space” is one in which a leader creates a space for everyone to feel safe sharing their experiences. This encourages dialogue and recognizes that all voices are meant to be heard. It is important to acknowledge that sometimes this can be uncomfortable.

Unlearn. Educator's workshops

  • Topics: Anti-Racism, Gender, General EDI, Indigeneity, LGBTQ+, Local, Mental Health
  • Resource Type: Workshops

This Kitchener-Waterloo organization creates resources and offers educator and student workshops that challenge people to think critically about their unconscious assumptions.

The Alberta Teachers Association: Here Comes Everyone

  • Topics: General EDI
  • Resource Type: Educator Tips (PDF)

Last updated in 2011. This document was written in Alberta, but it gives tips help educators create an inclusive classroom. It is divided into six chapters. The first asks the educator to look within themselves at their own cultural identity before they address the identities within the classroom. The second focuses on the importance of the brave space. There are also activities that could be done in P/J and J/I classrooms.

Inclusive Language Guide

  • Topics: General EDI
  • Resource Type: Educator Tips (PDF)

Last updated in 2020. This is a guide created by the Alliance for Healthier Communities lists inclusive and empathetic language.

Simon Fraser University: Guidelines for Facilitating Safe Discussions

  • Topics: Anti-Oppression, General EDI
  • Resource Type: Article (PDF)

These guidelines act as guiding principles for dialogue and learning to facilitate safe and healthy discussions around EDI issues.

Celebrating Identity

These resources can help us learn about identities and guide educators in building awareness of different ways of being, fostering inclusion and celebrating diversity.

Bring on the Sunshine

  • Topics: Anti-Racism, Black Heritage, General EDI, Local
  • Resource Type: Website, Workshops

Last updated in 2021. This is a Kitchener-Waterloo based organization that celebrates and supports people of African descent in Canada. They run in-school workshops for all ages and educators, which focus on anti-racism, celebrating cultures, cultural differences and communication, and our relationship with the land.

Settlement.org

  • Topics: General EDI, Immigration
  • Resouce Type: Website

Last updated in 2021. This rich website offers resources for immigrant parents and their families and answers questions about schooling, health, housing, employment, legal services, and daily Canadian life.

Waterloo Catholic Teacher Creates A Black Curriculum to Empower Students

  • Topics: Africa, Anti-Racism, Black, Local
  • Resource Type: Article

This curriculum was created by a Waterloo Catholic School Board teacher Lorraine Harris to connect students with pre-colonial Africa. The program called 'My Place in this World' is only available to Waterloo Catholic School Board members.

Indigenization

Indigenization is the process by which Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing and relating are incorporated into educational, organizational, cultural and social structures. We understand that Indeigenous worldviews are equal to other views. (adapted from Camosun College)

Wilfrid Laurier University's Decolonizing Education Certificate

  • Topics: Decolonization, Indigeneity, Laurier, Local
  • Resource Type: Workshops

The certificate, offered through Wilfrid Laurier University’s Centre for Indigegogy, is designed for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who want to better understand Indigenous perspectives in the history of colonization to contemporary realities in Canada. It develops the capacity of educators to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls for action in a meaningful way.

CRRF: Course on Learning about Racism

  • Topics: Anti-Racism, Indigeneity, Religion
  • Resource Type: Free slide presentations

Last updated in 2020. These are free online courses and slide presentations from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. These courses covers systemic racism, such as understanding the ongoing history between Indigenous Peoples and settlers.

Ensouling Our Schools: A Universally Designed Framework for Mental Health, Well-Being, and Reconciliation

  • Topics: Indigeneity, Local, Mental Health, Ontario
  • Resource Type: Book

Released 2018, this book is available through the Wilfrid Laurier library. The book connects Indigenous perspectives to mental, spiritual, and emotional health and addresses the TRC Calls to Action. One of the two co-authors is non-Indigenous.

Map of Ontario Treaties and Reserves

  • Indigeneity, Local, Ontario
  • Resource Type: Map

With this resource from the Ontario Government, you can learn more about the treaties that cover where you live, go to school, or work.

Indigenous Peoples Terminology Guidelines for Usage

  • Topics: Indigeneity
  • Resource Type: Article

Last updated in 2016. This resource is suitable for educators or older students. It provides usage tips and definitions when writing about and referring to Indigenous Peoples.

Anti-Discrimination

Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

  • Topics: General EDI
  • Resource Type: Website and Events

Last updated in 2021. The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion conducts research, writes reports and holds events. They focus on how to overcome fear and prejudice through information, education and involvement. 

How to be Anti-Racist

  • Topics: Anti-Racism
  • Resource Type: Podcast

These are a series of episodes of a British podcast that focus upon helping you to become anti-racist.

"If I Were a Racist" Poem

  • Topics: Anti-Oppression, Anti-Racism, Asian, Black, Black Heritage
  • Resource Type: Video

The poem by Nate Holder points out many places in current teaching practices and curriculum where educators who think they are anti-racist still fall short in truly presenting classroom materials that celebrate different cultures and ways of knowing. This was made in response to the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

Responding to Biased Language and Stereotypes

  • Topics: Activism, Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Oppression, General EDI, Human Rights
  • Resource Type: How-To (PDF)

Created in 2012. This is a guide to prepare students and teachers to respond to everyday prejudice, bias and stereotypes they experience in school.

Talking About Race with Young Children

  • Topics: Anti-Racism
  • Research Type: Research Infographic

This was created by the Children’s Community School in Philadelphia and explains how young children experience race and how to talk with them about race.

Responding to Anti-Asian Racism During COVID

  • Topics: Anti-Asian Racism, Asian
  • Resource Type: Article

This was written at the beginning of the COVID pandemic in 2020. This article includes tips to cope with the experience of anti-Asian racism or to be an ally.

The Hidden Curriculum

  • Topics: Anti-Racism, Decolonization
  • Resource Type: Article

This article was written in 2020 and mentions the Eurocentric perspective in school curriculum. It was written about international schools, but applies in Canada as well.

Laurier Library Resources

Through the Laurier Library’s website, find books and articles on EDI, for professional self-growth.

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Resource Examples

Some of the many books you can find:

In the Classroom: Resources for Teaching

The resources in this section support educators teaching students about EDI and Indigenization. They offer guidance in how to approach difficult topics, diversify classroom discussions in an age-appropriate way, and give students the tools and space to explore their experiences.

Celebrating Identity

These resources can help us learn about identities and help educators build awareness of and honour different ways of being, foster inclusion and celebrate diversity.

Most Age Groups

Teaching Special Education
  • Topic: IPRC Exceptionalities, Neurodiversity, Mental Health, Ontario
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Developed by the Ontario Teacher's Federation. This website provides strategies and resources to aid in the support of students with IPRC exceptionalities, needs, and diagnosed conditions.

Inclusive Education
  • Topic: IPRC Exceptionalities, Neurodiversity, Mental Health, Available in French
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Some resources are in the author’s original language (ie. English, Spanish, French). Under the motto “Learning for All”, this website provides resources to support all students in the classroom. Inclusive education allows for a common learning space and not one that divides students based on intellectual disabilities or other special needs. Find resources in French under the “Learn” tab.

Asian Heritage Choice Board
  • Topics: Asian, Ontario, Available in French
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

This resource about Asian heritage was created in 2020, by Toronto-area educators.

Islamic Heritage Choice Board
  • Topics: Muslim, Asian, Ontario
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

This resource about Islamic heritage was created in 2020, by Toronto-area educators.

Black, African, Caribbean Heritage Choice Board
  • Topics: Africa, Black, Caribbean, Ontario
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

This resource about Black, African, Caribbean heritage was created in 2020, by Toronto-area educators.

OEAE: Sikh Heritage in Ontario
  • Topics: Ontario-based, Sikh, South Asian, Allyship
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated in 2014. This is a series of equity focused lessons from Grades 1 through 12 that support Visual/Media Arts expectations and include authentic integration into the Ontario curricula of Social Studies, English, and Media Literacy.

Homeless Hub: Educator Resources
  • Topics: Anti-Classism, Homelessness, Allyship, Ontario-based
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated in 2021. These are lesson plans about homelessness and provide advice for educators or students experiencing homelessness. Use the toolbar on the left side to access age-specific lesson plans.

ETFO: Black Canadian Calendar 2021-2022
  • Topics: Black Heritage, Allyship
  • Resource Type: Calendar
  • Grade Level: Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

This calendar was created by ETFO. For each day for the 2021-2022 year starting in September 2021, the calendar suggests a different Black Canadian person to celebrate. Complete with basic information and links to more research about the person.

Primary/Junior

Kitchener mom’s book on the diversity of different races
  • Topics: Black, Allyship, Local, Ontario-based
  • Resource Type: Article, Book
  • Grade Level: Primary

Released in 2021. Marswa Blossom Yarmeto, a Black educator from Kitchener, Ontario was inspired to write a book after her daughter’s bullying experience within her kindergarten class. The book focuses on kindness and patience.

EmbraceRace: Guide for Choosing an Anti-Bias Classroom Library
  • Topics: Black, Caribbean, Immigration, Indigeneity, Latinx/Latine, Muslim, South Asian
  • Resource Type: Educator Tips
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior

This website offers links to other websites that are useful when choosing books that are anti-bias for your classroom library featuring Black and Indigenous people, and other People of Colour.

Intermediate/Secondary

Resources for Black Healing
  • Topics: Black, Mental Health
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection (PDF)
  • Grade Level: Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated 2020. This is a compilation of resources about maintaining mental health. It was created by Micalah Webster, a Black woman and social worker who collected and organized the resources by networking with colleagues.

Indigenization

Indigenization is the process by which Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing and relating are incorporated into educational, organizational, cultural and social structures. We understand that Indeigenous worldviews are equal to other views. (adapted from Camosun College)

Most Age Groups

NCCIE: Teaching Resource Centre
  • Topics: Anishinaabe, Indigeneity, Métis, Mississauga, Ontario-based, Potawatomi
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated in 2020. The National Centre for Collaboration in Indigenous Education created lesson plans that connect the mainstream K-12 subjects and an Indigenous perspective. The lesson plans are searchable by subject, grade level, and province.

OISE Indigenous Education Resources
  • Topics: Anti-Racism, Decolonization, Indigeneity, Ontario-based 
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated 2019. This collection of resources for and about Indigenous education were brought together by OISE at the University of Toronto may be used across curriculum areas. All Ontario subject areas and levels are covered and lesson plans, resources, videos and other websites are included.

The Canadian Homeschooler: Indigenous Education Resources
  • Topics: Indigeneity
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

This resource links to websites that would help educators create lesson plans. The resource collection includes recommended grade levels for each source. Topics include some Indigenous cultures, Canadian history and residential schools. The creator of this website is non-Indigenous.

OISE Deepening Knowledge about Residential Schools
  • Topics: Indigeneity, Residential Schools
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated 2019. These are resources gathered from OISE to teach students about Canada’s history of residential schools. There are books, videos, websites, blogs, and news articles included.

Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian schools
  • Topics: Indigeneity, Local
  • Resource Type: Book
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Released in 2018. This book is available through the Wilfrid Laurier library. The Waterloo Catholic District School Board uses it to provide activities to support Indigenous and non-Indigenous students in the classroom. The author is a proud Ojibwe/Odawa woman.

Lessons from the Earth and Beyond
  • Topics: Indigeneity, Ontario-based
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior Intermediate

These educator resources connect the Ontario curriculum to Indigenous knowledge systems. There are also videos and books recommended.

Books the WRSB Uses to Teach Indigenous Topics, in English and in French
  • Topics: Indigeneity, Local, Ontario-based, Available in French
  • Resource Type: Booklist
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate

This is a list of books that the Waterloo Region School Board purchased for many of its school libraries. These range from picture books, to fictional books, to non-fiction.

Breakdown of the Word “Indigenous”
  • Topics: Indigeneity
  • Resource Type: Video
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior Intermediate

Created in 2019. From CBC Kids, this breaks down the definition of “Indigenous” and why this terminology is often used. It can help students to understand which term to use, such as the Band name, First Nations, Métis, Inuit or Indigenous Peoples.

Primary/Junior

10 Books About Residential Schools
  • Topics: Cree, Gwich’in, Indigeneity, Inuit, Inuvialuit, Salish
  • Resource Type: Article, Booklist
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior

Created in 2015. This is a list of books to open the conversation about residential schools that are angled towards children. The article emphasizes that it is important to talk to children about what they are reading and their understanding about the contents within the books.

Indigenous Education (Resources for Grades K-3)
  • Topics: Indigeneity
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Primary

This website comes from British Columbia and these resources tie school subjects to an Indigenous perspective. Many are First Nations from the Western Canada.

Intermediate/Secondary

Four Directions Teaching
  • Topics: Blackfoot, Cree, Indigeneity, Mohawk, Mi’Kmaq, Ojibwe, Ontario-based
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated 2012. These are interactive tasks include teachings from Elders. The goal of this website is to instill cultural pride within Indigenous communities. The Mohawk and Ojibwe authors are Ontario-based Elders.

The Secret Path: Video and Lesson Plans
  • Topics: Indigeneity, Ontario-based, Residential schools
  • Resource Type: Video, Lessons Plans (PDF)
  • Grade Level: Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Lesson plans last updated in 2021. This is an animated video inspired by Chanie Wenjack, a young Anishinaabe boy who tried to escape from a residential school in Ontario. He did not survive. The lesson plans break down grade levels and include Ontario Curriculum expectations. The authors are non-Indigenous and created this with the approval of Wenjack’s family.

Indigenous Education (Resources for Grades 4-7)
  • Topics: Indigeneity
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Junior, Intermediate

This is a website that comes from the Comox Valley School District in British Columbia. It contains resources that connect Indigenous perspectives to school subjects.

Indigenous Education (Resources for Grades 8-12)
  • Topics: Indigeneity
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Intermediate, Secondary

This is a website that comes from the Comox Valley School District in British Columbia. It contains resources that connect Indigenous perspectives to school subjects.

(Inter)national dialogue on advocacy for human rights, equity, and justice for First Nations
  • Topics: Indigeneity
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans (PDF)
  • Grade Level: Intermediate, Secondary

Published in 2020. This project aims to create space for young people to explore forms of public participation, where they may contribute to the decisions affecting their lives and communities. It is necessary to sign up for a free account to access the document. The authors are non-Indigenous.

Full Circle: First Nations, Métis, Inuit Ways of Knowing
  • Topics: Indigeneity, Inuit, Métis, Ontario-based
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Secondary

Published in 2021. This resource was completed by members of OSSTF/FEESO and staff from the Métis Nation of Ontario. Lessons range in all Secondary subject areas.

Anti-Discrimination

Most Age Groups

Learning for Justice Lesson Plans
  • Topics: Activism, Anti-Ableism, Anti-Cissexism, Anti-Heterosexism, Anti-Racism, Anti-Sexism, Anti-Sizeism, Immigration, Social Justice
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated 2020. This website offers ideas for the action that students and educators can take to realize justice and change. It provides lesson plans, recommended texts and professional development resources in the form of webinars, podcasts, and workshops. Recommended grade levels for each lesson plan idea are listed.

ATA: Anti-Racism Lesson Plans
  • Topics: Anti-Racism, Black Heritage, Allyship
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated 2020. This was created by the Alberta Teachers Association and links to lesson that address anti-racism. It includes current topics such as Black Lives Matter and George Floyd's murder.

Pride Education Network
  • Topics: Anti-Cissexism, Anti-Heterosexism, Anti-Homophobia, Gender, LGBTQ+
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated in 2017. This website teaches about anti-homophobia through books in PDF format and lesson plans for Kindergarten to grade 12. There are also teaching resources to support students’ learning in sexual orientation and gender identity.

Responding to Biased Language and Stereotypes
  • Topics: Activism, Anti-Oppression, Social Justice
  • Resource Type: How-To (PDF)
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Created in 2012. This is a guide to prepare students to respond to everyday prejudice, bias and stereotypes that they hear and experience in school.

OK2BME Resources for Schools and Classrooms
  • Topics: Activism, Anti-Cissexism, Anti-Heterosexism, Gender, LGBTQ+, Allyship
  • Resource Type: Website, Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

Last updated in 2021. This is a searchable database that includes various activities to help educators teach LGBTQ+ terms and create a more inclusive classroom.

Addressing Anti-Asian Racism: A Resource for Educators
  • Topics: Anti-Asian Racism, Asian, Ontario-based, South Asian
  • Resource Type: How-To, Research (PDF)
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior, Intermediate

This is specific to anti-Asian racism in Canada, though also discusses how that intersects with racism against Black and Indigenous Peoples of Canada. This resource gives terminology and ways to address what some may have already been noticed in schools, but didn't have quite the right words to express. It includes how to engage in Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogy (CRRP) within the classroom.

"If I Were a Racist" Poem
  • Topics: Anti-Oppression, Anti-Racism, Asian, Black, Black Heritage, Allyship
  • Resource Type: Video
  • Grade Level: Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

The poem by Nate Holder points video points out many places in our teaching practices and curriculum where educators who think they are anti-racist still fall short in truly presenting classroom materials that celebrate different worldwide cultures and ways of knowing. This was made in response to the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

Primary/Junior

My Name was Hussein
  • Topics: Activism, Anti-Racism, Bulgaria, Muslim, Ramadan, Religion, Roma
  • Resource Type: Book
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior

This is an audio recording of a story by Hristo Kyuchukov about an eight year old Roma boy whose family is forced to change their ways of life after a group of soldiers marches into their village.

You must make a free account to the Learning for Justice website to access the resource.

NPR: Talking Race with Young Children
  • Topics: Anti-Racism, Allyship
  • Resource Type: Podcast
  • Grade Level: Primary

This is a 20 minute podcast that is designed for parents with small children, but could be used for primary teachers to help with the conversation about race. There are also tips that parents and educators can take away when they are having the conversation about race with young children.

Talking About Race with Young Children
  • Topics: Anti-Racism
  • Resource Type: Research Infographic
  • Grade Level: Primary

This was Created by the Children’s Community School in Philadelphia and explains how young children experience race and how to talk with them about race.

Intermediate/Secondary

Safe@School
  • Topics: Anti-Cissexism, Anti-Heterosexism, Anti-Homophobia, Anti-Racism, Anti-Sexism, Available in French
  • Resource Type: Website, Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Junior, Intermediate

Last updated 2013. Here are resources in French and English that include lesson plans, workshops, educational videos, and teacher PD opportunities to help teach anti-racism, anti-cissexism, anti-heterosexism and anti-sexism.

Amnesty International: Articles about "Issues"
  • Topics: Activism, Anti-Oppression, Human Rights, Social Justice
  • Resource Type: Website, Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Intermediate, Secondary

This list of articles written by Amnesty International will give an overview of current, global human rights issues and what work AI has done on each issue. The youth resources section also has student-friendly how-to’s on the basics of activism.

Still Not Laughing
  • Topics: Anti-Racial Harassment, Anti-Sexual Harassment, Allyship
  • Resource Type: Toolkit (PDF)
  • Grade Level: Intermediate, Secondary

The goal of this document is to challenge sexual harassment. When clicking on the PDF, it grants you the option to look at various curriculum and program tools. It also labels these curriculum documents as ‘F’ for French or ‘C’ for culturally sensitive. There are professional development workshops on the site that were advertised for the year 2020. 

The Mosaic Institute Lesson Plans
  • Topics: Anti-Black Racism, Anti-Oppression, Anti-Racism, Anti-White Supremacy, Allyship
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Secondary

Last updated in 2020. A resource package for educators can be downloaded. There are also lesson plans for grade 11 and 12 students.

Diversifying Knowledge

These resources can be used in the classroom to support students’ growing awareness of diverse identities and promote student agency in working towards equity and inclusion in their communities.

Most Age Groups

 

Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • Topics: Available in French, Black Heritage, Human Rights, Social Justice 
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Junior, Intermediate, Secondary

This website provides stories and teaching resources about human rights at different levels that are accessible for students.

Primary/Junior

Teaching Beyond the Surface
  • Topics: Asian, Black Heritage, Gender, LGBTQ+, Ramadan, Sikh, South Asian
  • Resource Type: Website, Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior

This site provides downloadable and editable Google slide presentations (please credit ‘Teaching Beyond the Surface’) about current topics in EDI. The presentations were created by Toronto-area educators.

Books for Littles
  • Topics: Activism, Anti-Ableism, Anti-Cissexism, Anti-Heterosexism, Anti-Racism, Anti-Sexism, Anti-White Supremacy, Asian, Black, Gender, Family, LGBTQ+ 
  • Resource Type: Lessons Plan, Booklists
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior

This site suggests books with lesson plans to teach young students about a wide range of topics.

Every Student Reflected
  • Topics: Anti-Ableism, Anti-Racism, Black, Caribbean, Cree, Family, Gender, Haudenosaunee, Hindu, Immigration, Indigeneity, Inuit, Korean, Muslim, Neurodiversity, Ramadan
  • Resource Type: Booklist
  • Grade Level: Primary, Junior

This is a series of diverse picture books that educators may use within their lesson plans as mentor texts and other uses.

Intermediate/Secondary

KFPL: Anti-Racism Books for Teens
  • Topics: Anti-Racism, Anti-Sexism, Black, Indigeneity, Social Justice
  • Resource Type: Booklist
  • Grade Level: Intermediate, Secondary

Kingston Frontenac Library suggests these books on anti-racism topics. The target audience is teens who are hoping to understand current events in terms of race and begin working to help change the world.

Voices into Action
  • Topics: Anti-Sexism, Asian, Black, Holocaust, Immigration, Indigeneity, Judaism, LGBTQ+, Muslim, Rwanda 
  • Resource Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Intermediate, Secondary

This site has lessons and interactive media on issues relating to human rights, antisemitism, racism, genocide, immigration, and more. You may need to sign up for a free account for full access.

Finding Moonlight Queer Archive
  • Topics: Black, Black Heritage, LGBTQ+
  • Resouce Type: Resource Collection
  • Grade Level: Intermediate, Secondary

This is a queer counter-archive that is centered around Black queer representation in the media, with over 90 artists and activists highlighted. There are tabs on film, TV, poetry, music representations and significant Black people.

Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion Toolkits
  • Topics: General EDI, Ontario-based
  • Resource Type: Lesson Plans
  • Grade Level: Secondary

Last updated 2017. This is a series of toolkits focused on diversity, inclusion and employment equity. Toolkits 1-5 were developed for use in Secondary. Each one has an introduction on how to use the toolkit and slide presentations that educators can use. The CCDI suggests using the toolkit during extracurricular activities or within classroom subjects. It has been used sed in Toronto schools.

Laurier Library Resources

Through the Laurier Library’s website, find books and articles on EDI, for in-classroom use.

Searching

In Omni Advanced, copy and paste these search strings, including quotation marks around phrases, capital “OR” in between terms, and asterixes when creating root words:

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To reduce the number of results, try these steps:

  • Use the drop-down menu for "Search Filters" (to the left of the search box) and select "Subject" for any or all of the text boxes.
  • And/or, remove the EDI terms you are not interested in (e.g. racis*, sexis*, bullying, etc.).
  • And/or, use the drop-down menu for "Resource Type" (to the right of the search box) and select either "Books & eBooks" or "Articles."
  • And/or, add one more textbox and type in key words on a desired topic (e.g. math*).
  • And/or, limit your results by selecting "Publication Date" (left hand side of results list) and click "Refine."

Resource Examples

Some of the many books you can find:

Hands sharing books

The Coalition works to maintain this list with current events and knowledge.

If you find a resource that you would recommend or an outdated resource, contact us at eduediicoalition@wlu.ca.

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