FAMILIES TOGETHER AGAINST RACISM
In support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, we have added a page specifically dedicated to resources that help explain race and racism to children and youth. It is extremely important that we all work to create physically, emotionally, and culturally safer spaces for the Black, Indigenous and Persons of Color (BIPOC) community. Vancouver Virtual Families is interested in collaborating with individuals from the BIPOC community as a way to support and advocate for their needs within our local school communities. While we are open to ideas on how to make this happen, we want to launch a video library to help us address the issues of racism in BC schools. It is our hope that through sharing stories of lived experiences, we can identify ways in which we can create safer spaces in our schools for BIPOC children and youth. We are mindful that this kind of work can require a lot of emotional energy from those who have lived experiences of racism so we would like to express our gratitude in advance to those who would like to be a part of our team.
RACISM RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN & YOUTH
While many of our resources (ie. YouTube stories) can be accessed for free online, we would strongly encourage you to consider making a donation to a Black-run foundation or purchasing a copy of a book written and/or illustrated by a Black author.
KIDS, RACE & UNITY HOSTED BY ALICIA KEYS
Hosted by Alicia Keys, Nick News talks with founders and leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, offer tools for families to have constructive conversations about race, and highlights teen activists who are fighting racial injustice in Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special.
SESAME STREET TOWN HALL: STANDING UP TO RACISM
CNN's Van Jones and Erica Hill partner with "Sesame Street" for Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism, a town hall for kids and families.
LET'S TALK ABOUT RACE BY JULIUS LESTER
Listen as this YouTube storyteller reads this heart-warming story by Julius Lester, who was an American writer of books for children and adults and an academic who taught for 32 years at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Lester was also a civil rights activist, a photographer, and a musician who recorded two albums of folk music and original songs.
A KIDS BOOK ABOUT RACISM BY JELANI MEMORY
"We make kids books that matter. There are no dragons, silly bears, or cute tales about princesses. Only the challenging, empowering, and important topics that kids experience every day. Kids' lives are complicated, and our mission is to help kids and their grownups have honest conversations about things that matter." - Jelani Memory (To purchase this book:
SAME DIFFERENCE BY CALIDA RAWLES
"Same Difference is a charming book for young readers (4-8 year olds) that addresses the sensitive and sometime divisive issues of beauty and identity. It has a lyrical, upbeat air that begs to be read aloud and offers an engaging rhyme pattern for young children. Vivid illustrations capture the spirit and innocence of Lida and Lisa, two first cousins who find themselves at odds with each other over their physical differences. With the help of their wise grandmother, the girls soon realize that their bond is deeper than what they see and our differences are what make us beautiful." Please consider purchasing a copy of this book to support the author (www.samedifferencebook.com/buy.html)
SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOKS FOR KIDS
A wide variety of book lists for children and young adults discussing multiculturalism and social justice topics. These resources are rated and categorized based on age/reading level.
THE ROOTS OF RACISM: INDIGENOUS YOUTH WELLNESS
Lesson 9: What is racism and where does it come from? Kayla takes her younger brother Nate back in time to show him how racism started in Canada. Learn the history to inform yourself about racism in Canada. This video was made in partnership with Sean Muir and his team from the Indigenous Story Studio (formerly the Healthy Aboriginal Network). To view more of their projects please visit: https://istorystudio.com/