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Anti-racism

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” — Angela Davis

The staff at UNB Counselling Services are dedicated to ending racism and as such, we believe in action towards social equity, solidarity and self-education around topics such as white privilege, systemic racism, microaggressions, prejudice, and allyship.

The following resources have been collected with the intention of helping those who wish to learn more about what it means to combat racism and to support those who have experienced racialized trauma.

Campus resources

Nancy Harn is the Indigenous Wellness Coordinator at the Ntulsonawt Wellness Centre in Marshall D’Avary Hall. She currently offers confidential counselling sessions grounded in Indigenous culture. For more information, Nancy can be reached by e-mail nharn@unb.ca or by calling 506-458-7038. 

The Human Rights and Positive Environment Office at UNB has complied an extensive list of educational resources including books, articles, podcasts, and organizations dedicated to combating racism such as the Anti-racism living document.

Virtual resources

Anti-Racism for Beginners Guide is a great resource on everything from understanding terminology such as white fragility and systemic racism, common fears and questions, to guidance on how to respond to racist comments.

Addressing Power & Privilege provides critical reflective questions for white folks that address power and privilege.

Healing in Action provides an excellent toolkit to support the mental health of those who are fighting for racial justice.

The Indigenous Ally Toolkit explains what it means to be an ally and provides education around helpful and harmful assumptions and actions.

The Steve Fund is dedicated to the emotional wellbeing of students of color and equity in mental health on campus. 

Idle No More focuses on public education and non-violent direct action in order to dismantle societal inequities faced by Indigenous populations in Canada.  

Unwritten Histories provides education around the history of Settler Colonialism in Canada. 

Black Lives Matter: Mental Health Resources For And By People of Color

Sista Afya provides excellent resources and handouts for women of colour.

Between Sessions Podcast includes candid conversations on mental health, self-care, trauma, and joy from “two brown chicks changing the face of therapy on both sides of the couch.” Their social media feeds also feature inspiration, resources, and tips on self-care during trying times.

Black Youth Helpline National helpline for black youth and their families.

The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.

Across Boundaries provides a dynamic range of mental health support and services and works within Anti-Racism/Anti-Black racism and Anti-Oppression framework. These frameworks address the negative impact of racism and discrimination on mental health and well-being.

Black Lives Matter Meditations were created by a psychologist and activist with the intention to help ease the psychological toll and stress on BIPOC people and those involved in the BLM movement. 

Community resources

Stel Raven is a Fredericton-based therapist and consultant who specializes in working with 2SLGTBQA+ and Indigenous community members who are experiencing trauma. Stel operates from an anti-oppressive framework, offering decolonial and Indigenous approaches to healing.

Under One Sky Friendship Centre is a local community hub providing culturally grounded services and programming aimed at supporting a healthy and empowered Indigenous community. 

Books

  • Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King
  • Unsettling Canada by Arthur Manuel
  • The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities by Frances Henry, Enakshi Dua, Carl E. James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li
  • Restoring the Balance: First Nations Women, Community, and Culture by Gail Valaskakis
  • Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
  • Me and White Supremacy by Laya F. Saad
    How to Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Videos

How studying privilege systems can strengthen compassion: Peggy McIntosh 

Apps

  • Liberation meditation – This meditation app is specifically designed for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) folks on their path to healing.