This page provides links to resources to help create a better world
Self-learning on topics of anti-racism, equity, inclusivity, empowerment, proactivity, history and possibilities

Hermione Presents ~ SpringWorks: indie theatre & arts festivals

We acknowledge our privilege.

We seek to accept our responsibilities and strive to serve, support and stand together with people of colour, black, indigenous, people of all genders and all faiths. 

We commit to helping build a better, fairer, safer, inclusive world that honours our common humanity and right to equity. 

Know the Land
First Nations Blessing
Today we stand in footsteps millennia old. May we together acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the Oneida Nation of the Thames, The Chippewa Nations of both the Thames and of Kettle and Stony Point, The Saugeen Nation and the Munsey Delaware Nation, whose cultures and customs have nurtured, and continue to nurture this land, since men and women awoke from the great dream. We honour the presence of these ancestors who reside in the imagination of this land and whose irrepressible spirituality flows through all creation. 

Thank you to the wonderful people and organizations that have written, researched and compiled the information we are sharing here.


SOURCE: United Nations - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1 -  Right to Equality

Article 2 -  Freedom from Discrimination

Article 3 -  Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security

Article 4 -  Freedom from Slavery

Article 5 -  Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages

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SOURCE:  CBC Radio - Canada's slavery secret: The whitewashing of 200 years of enslavement - Kyle G. Brown

SOURCE: She Shreds Media -

A Compilation of Anti-Racism Resources For White & Non Black Musicians

Featuring podcasts, books, and action items collected from organizations, and individuals that we trust throughout social media and the internet. (Live links to She Shreds Media website bookmarked content)

Table of Content

  1. How to Begin

  2. Direct Action

  3. Resources and Organizations 

  4. Donate

  5. Books

  6. Podcasts


SOURCE: Tapestry Opera

For non-Black folks and people who are newly engaged in the discussion, here are some resources to get engaged at a local level:

Guide to Allyship: A beginners guide to supporting marginalized communities.

Support Black-owned businesses in Toronto.

Give to Black advocacy organizations.

Watch Desmond Cole discuss his book, The Skin We’re In.
YouTube- The Skin We're In: Pulling back the curtain on racism in Canada - CBC Docs POV

Sign the petition for an inquest into the death of Regis Kochinski-Paquet.

SOURCE: Wilmette Institute: A Global Baha'i Learning Center

Diversity Training Isn't Enough: Racism, Trauma and Justice - Dr. Joy A. DeGruy -


It is clear that among the most challenging problems facing humanity is racism. When we consider the issues associated with Covid–19 we find ourselves inextricably entangled within the thick web of structural racism, classism and the social determinants of health.

For far too many of us shrink away from the responsibility to take the ‘deep dive’ into the issue of racism and oppression and create real and lasting change. This is the opportunity for the creation of laws that will guide systemic change; and to protect the most vulnerable that are most often found to be living at the intersection of classism and racism. To that end, my contribution to human affairs is to educate, inform, and motivate others to embrace the cause of “Oneness” by better understanding what is keeping us from it!

Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication, a Master's in Social Work, a Master's in Clinical Psychology, and a PhD in Social Work Research. She is an internationally renowned researcher and educator. For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc. Ms. DeGruy’s research focuses on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence and American chattel slavery. She has over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the field of social work. She conducts workshops and trainings in the areas of intergenerational/historical trauma, mental health, social justice, improvement strategies and evidence based model development. Ms. DeGruy has published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters and authored her seminal book “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing.”

SOURCE: The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center


"We are asking and encouraging all staff members, board members, National Theater Institute faculty, students, and members of the O’Neill community to review the following resources. These resources, though not an exhaustive list, define and illuminate anti-racist practices, and provide crucial context for the current moment. We encourage you to purchase these books from local, Black-owned bookstores, and for any allies who may be familiar with these texts to re-engage."

So You Want to Talk About Race? by Ijeoma Oluo

How To Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander 

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin Diangelo 

Native Lives Matter compiled by the Lakota People’s Law Project

1619 Project collective authors from The New York Times Magazine

SOURCE:  YMCA Calgary - Equity vs. Equality

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

Audre Lorde

SOURCE:  ByUs Box - Toolkits for Raising Inclusive, Anti-Racist Kids

Each ByUs Box is themed around an equity-seeking group, and is packed with beautiful and age-appropriate materials for guided conversations and interactive play.

SOURCE: Government of Canada -  Treaties and agreements
Honouring the treaty relationship- Learn about historic and modern treaties in Canada, treaty rights and the treaty relationship.

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There is so much more to learn. Challenging information needs to be faced.

We will be adding resources to this page, as we are able.

We invite positive suggestions and links to help us move towards universal justice.

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