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Children’s Resources

Diversity and Anti-racism

Children can internalize racial bias between the ages of 2 and 4, and there is evidence that this can begin even earlier than this.  It is important, if not essential, to have conversations about acceptance, being kind to others, and inclusion with your child as early as preschool.  When we talk about equity, a sense of humanity, anti-racism, social justice with others, we are able to break down dominant belief systems and learn about a wide range of stories and experiences.  In the long run, especially for white parents, it is important to continue to have conversations about inequities and anti-racism when global outrage over recent events and systemic racism are no longer front and centre.  It is critical for us to find spaces and ways to take action and make positive changes.

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Wondering how to talk to children/youth and educate ourselves further about residential schools?  Watch this video by Monique Gray Smith.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebOJ_lMCVvk

CBC Parents – 9 Things for your kids to watch, read or listen to for Indigenous History Month – includes learnings about The Indian Act and Loss of children at residential schools, Indigenous music, and more.

Turtle Lodge – The Seven Sacred Laws Animated Web Series – Includes 8 Episodes:  1:  The Creation Story, 2: Buffalo (Respect), 3: Eagle (Love), 4: Bear (Courage), 5: Sabe (Honesty), 6: Beaver (Wisdom), 7: Wolf (Humility), 8: Turtle (Truth)

Four Directions Teachings – Indigenous Worldviews

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Sesame Street has some great resources to help you start a conversation with your children.

  • The “ABC’s of Racial Literacy” is part of Coming Together, Sesame Workshop’s ongoing commitment to racial justice. Designed to provide families with the tools they need to build racial literacy and have open conversations with young children, Coming Together includes a racial justice educational framework, ongoing research, and a rolling release of new content. The first wave of resources can be found at SSIC.org/Racial-Justice, and are all designed to help families celebrate their own unique identities, while also providing age-appropriate language and strategies to answer sometimes-tough questions around race and racism.In one video featuring two new Muppets, 5-year-old Wes and his father, Elijah, Elmo wants to know why Wes’s skin is brown. Elijah explains how skin colour is an important part of who we are. In another, the Sesame Street Muppets and friends celebrate their unique identities in a new song. Additional resources include documentary videos featuring real families talking about their experiences, whole-family activities, and talking points and conversation starters.

Standing up against Racism

Reading Books & Story Telling:

In addition to keeping an open dialogue about equity and anti-racism, one easy way to take action and make change is to make sure your home library has books that include a broad representation of stories.  There are a number of  resources available to parents and caregivers who are wondering how to start a conversation with your kids about kindness, humanity, anti-racism and inclusion.

A list of suggested children’s books for certain age groups, along with links to story line details, is provided below.  Happy Reading!

Lists

Books for All Ages

Ages 0-3

Ages 3-5

Ages 4/5-8

Ages 7-10

Ages 8/9-12

Social Media Accounts for children to follow:

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Treaty Relationships and Rights

Grades 1 to 3: 

Grades 4 to 6: 

Grade 9:

Grade 10: