Anti-Black Racism Resources

Celebrating Juneteenth, Caribbean Festival, Simcoe Day and Emancipation Day

The Toronto Caribbean Festival has been billed as North America’s largest street festival. Beginning in July, the multi-week festivities lead up to the parade which occurs over the Simcoe Day long weekend which occurs on the first weekend in August. Simcoe Day is named in honour of John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (today's Ontario) who is credited with signing An Act to Prevent the Further Introduction of Slaves, and to Limit the Terms of Contracts for Servitude Within This Province (1793). The festival also coincides with August 1, which is also known as Emancipation Day.



Thank you to the participants of our IDEA Anti-Racism panel series focussing on #blacklivesmatter. For more information on these and upcoming Anti-Racism panel sessions please connect with leah@theica.ca.

Do We Only Start Listening When Things are Burning?

Helen Ofosu, Principal, I/O Advisory
Kevin Johnson, CEO, MediaCom

Believing is Seeing: Racism and Representation in Content

Julien Christian Lutz, Director X, Co-Founder, Fela
Taj Critchlow, Co-Founder, Fela
Ira Baptiste, SVP, Managing Director, Brandfire Marketing Group
Haem Roy, President, BCMA

Language is Everything and Nothing

Fatma Othman, Manager, Integrated Media, Weber Shandwick
Hali Farah, Senior HR Consultant, City of Toronto

Multicultural and Mainstream

Justin Senior, Director, Sales & Marketing, SAMA Advertising
Asad Dhunna, Founder, The Unmistakables

Moving Beyond Tokenism: The Actions for Change

Dr Dori Tunstall, Dean of Design, OCAD U
Stephanie Small, Creative Operations Manager, TAXI
Joshua Richards, Director, Creative Technology, john st.



This document is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.

Compiled in May 2020 by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein, and shared with the ICA by Creative Equals.  Thank you Sarah, Alyssa and Creative Equals.



Diversity and Inclusion Training for your Agency



Supporting Black Creative Professionals



Resources for white parents to raise anti-racist children:



Articles to read:



Videos to watch:



Podcasts to subscribe to:



Books to read:



Films and TV series to watch:

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) 
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) 
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) 
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) 
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) 
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) 
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) 
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) 
  • King In The Wilderness  
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) 
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) 
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) 
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay)



Organizations to follow on social media:



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