Sharing with you the best of what inspires, motivates, and entertains us in this work.
Natasha's top picks
We've selected some of Natasha and her team's favourite books, film, documentaries, podcasts and other inspirational resources. We hope they inspire and sustain your JEDI journey! If you have comments on any of these resources, or items to share, please email
Movies, Docs, Videos
Deconstructing KarenIn Deconstructing Karen, white women attend the wildest dinner party of their lives. The main course is a radically open and honest conversation on racism. While sipping wine and passing the bread basket, these women go on an eye-opening journey, discovering how they uphold white supremacy every single day.
One Of OursJosiah Wilson was adopted as a baby in Haiti and raised in an Indigenous family in Canada. Years later, he is racially profiled at an Indigenous basketball tournament and refused the right to play a sport he deeply loves. After this hurtful rejection, Josiah is left to examine his identity, and the relationships he has with this family and community.
Michaela Jaé: The AdulthoodGrowing up, actress, singer, and activist Michaela Jaé was considered quirky and out of place. And when she didn’t see many representations of herself in the media—she became her own. Without much media representation of trans people, Michaela Jaé looked to classic stories like Cinderella and found parallels to how she wanted to live her own life.
The Skin We're InThis documentary from acclaimed director Charles Officer pulls back the curtain on racism in Canada.
A Love Song for LatashaA dreamlike portrait of a vibrant 15-year-old girl whose shooting death sparks the 1992 L.A. Riots.
Two Distant StrangersCartoonist Carter James’ repeated attempts to get home to his dog are thwarted by a recurring deadly encounter that forces him to re-live the same awful day over and over again.
SelmaThe unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. Directed by Ava DuVernay.
When They Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Legendary storyteller Toni Morrison examines her life, her work and the powerful themes she has confronted throughout her literary career.
The Urgency of IntersectionalityNow more than ever, it's important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias -- and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm.
Race Isn't RealThe myth of race, debunked in 3 minutes.
Microaggressions in the ClassroomHow students experience microaggressions at school and how it affects them.
Dear White ParentsDear White Parents is a public awareness campaign encouraging more White parents to talk with their children about racism early and often.
Voices from HereIn this condensed life history, Wes FineDay, Nehiyaw Knowledge Keeper, discusses his resistance to colonial violence and his lifelong work and extensive knowledge of medicines, oral history, and ceremony.
Race Talk and the Conspiracy of SilenceInternationally recognized expert on microaggressions and issues of race and diversity, Professor Derald Wing Sue, provides a thought provoking interactive presentation that will get you thinking.
Crip Camp: A Disability RevolutionA group of teen campers are inspired to join the fight for disability civil rights. Executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.
Reel InjunsA PBS documentary that traces the evolution of cinema's depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today.
From Insights to Inclusion: On Building Diverse TeamsLinkedIn Talent Solutions customer and LinkedIn member voices on what diversity, inclusion and belonging means, and the importance of working together as a community to build more representative and inclusive teams at our workplaces.
This Changes EverythingActress Geena Davis rallies Meryl Streep, Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon and others in this powerful documentary which takes a deep look at gender disparity in Hollywood.
Body Images This video takes a look at how movies have shaped our notions of beauty through several films in which the human body is on display.
Coded BiasThis eye opening documentary investigates the flaws in facial recognition technology and the built in bias in algorithms. Available on Netflix.
We Mean MicroaggressionsAn effective animated explanation of microaggressions and their impact on individuals.
That Little VoiceWe’ve all experienced times when the voice in our head tells us to stay silent when we’ve seen or have been subjected to non-inclusive behaviour. Instead of listening to that voice, it’s time to find yours and use it to speak up.
The Origin of the phrase "Women of Color"Terms like 'women of color' are not just descriptions, but have political and ideological histories and current meanings.
What is Intersectionality?
What are Obstacles to Accountability?
In this video, people with years of experience facilitating transformative, restorative, and community accountability processes between survivors of harm and people who have done harm talk frankly about what gets in the way of accountability.
How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing RaceA Ted Talk by Jay Smooth
Secret Vancouver: Return to Hogan's AlleyDiscover how this Black neighbourhood and hotbed of historic jazz was nearly forgotten by time and erased by urban renewal.
Cultural Safety Education as the Blueprint for Reconciliation, Len Pierre. TEDxSFU Len Pierre invites his audience on a learning journey of Indigenous cultural safety education and training.
The Hair Tales
The Hair Tales is a dynamic celebration of Black women's identity, beauty, culture and humanity, uniquely expressed through the stories in our hair. If you're in Canada it can be streamed through Disney+
This series is produced, written, and co-directed by Anishinaabe journalist Ryan McMahon, who is on a quest to uncover the truth behind the deaths of numerous Indigenous people in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
What is Two-Spirit Identity?
Indigenous Arts Protocols
Indigenous arts protocols vary from nation to nation. They are based on principles of responsibility and guide artistic practices to ensure respect for indigenous peoples and their knowledges.
5 Things You Need to Know About Reconciliation
From Len Pierre, the 5 Things You Need to Know About Reconciliation" that are foundational to understanding what the National Truth and Reconciliation means and what this means for participating in reconciliation moving forward.
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act creates a lasting and action-oriented framework to advance federal implementation of the Declaration in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples.
Subjects of DesireThis video examines the cultural shift in North American beauty standards towards embracing Black features and aesthetics, Subjects of Desire is a comprehensive exploration of Black female beauty in history and popular culture.
K'naan RefugeeIn this condensed life history, Wes FineDay, Nehiyaw Knowledge Keeper, discusses his resistance to colonial violence and his lifelong work and extensive knowledge of medicines, oral history, and ceremony.
Briser le codeDocumentaire qui vise à faire prendre conscience qu’il existe encore un code de survit à suivre pour les personnes racisées et autochtones. Ne manquez pas les capsules d’accompagnements.
TEDx: Architecture – diversité oubliée des peoples autochtonesMaya Cousineau Mollen raconte comment les Premiers Peuples, anciennement nomades et sédentarisés par la colonisation, utilisent l’architecture pour réapproprier leur identité.
Cette petite voixOn connaît tous cette voix qui nous dicte de rester en silence lorsqu’on est témoin ou victime d’un comportement non inclusif. Plutôt que d’écouter cette petite voix intérieure, faites résonner celle qui vous permettra d’appuyer ouvertement l’inclusion.
Podcasts & Audio
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About RaceFor years, racism has been defined by the violence of far-right extremists, but a more insidious kind of prejudice can be found at the heart of respectable society. Listen to this Guardian Long Read by Reni Eddo-Lodge. Read her book too.
Murray Sinclair on our journey to reconciliationJoin Rosanna Deerchild for a revealing and poignant conversation with Murray Sinclair, former Senator and Lead Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
What is Two-Spirit Identity?
Black Canadian Content CreatorsThis podcast is for anyone looking to start their journey or get inspired by fellow content creators. This seasonal interview-style series spotlights a wide range of Canadian creatives -- Bloggers, Podcasters, Journalists, Authors, Writers, YouTubers, Photographers, Videographers, Directors, Musicians, Visual Artists, Producers, Content Strategists, Influencers, and more.
Women of ColourHosted by founder and podcast marketing coach Danielle Desir Corbett, Women of Color Podcasters is an empowerment podcast highlighting the untold stories, accomplishments, and expertise of influential Women of Color (WOC) audio creators and professionals who impact how we create and consume podcasts.
Beyond AsianBeyond Asian is a place for stories of global nomads with Asian roots, brought up in diversity. These are more than conversations about Asian identity - they’re portraits of whole people - what keeps them up at night, what their hearts long for, and the impact they hope to have on their communities.
Warrior LifeThis is an Indigenous podcast about the warrior life - featuring the voices of Indigenous warriors, advocates & leaders on the front lines of Indigenous resistance, resurgence and revitalization, who are protecting our lands, peoples and sovereignty.
Books & Articles
I've Been Meaning to Tell YouWhen a moment of quietly ignored bigotry prompted his three-year-old daughter to ask "what happened?" David Chariandy began wondering how to discuss with his children the politics of race. A decade later, he writes a letter to his now thirteen-year-old daughter. David is the son of Black and South Asian migrants from Trinidad.
The Hanging of AngeliqueWriter, historian and poet Afua Cooper tells the astonishing story of Marie-Joseph Angélique, a slave woman convicted of starting a fire in Montréal in April 1734 and condemned to die a brutal death. In a powerful retelling of Angélique’s story Cooper builds on 15 years of research to shed new light on a rebellious Portuguese-born black woman who refused to accept her indentured servitude.
Unbound: Tarana Burke debuts a powerful memoir about her own journey to saying those two simple yet infinitely powerful words-me too-and how she brought empathy back to an entire generation in one of the largest cultural events in American history.
My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
Beyond BloodPamela Palmater examines contemporary court rulings dealing with Aboriginal rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in relation to Indigenous identity. She also examines various band membership codes to determine how they affect Indigenous identity, and how their reliance on status criteria perpetuates discrimination.
Being Black in CanadaBeing Black in Canada offers a window into the struggles while celebrating the culture and achievements of the Black communities.
Canadian Film & TV Resources
Elevate Inclusion Strategies
Elevate’s signature training programs for film and television industry professionals are designed to give everyone on production the inclusive leadership and workplace skills needed to thrive and grow in their careers. Elevate offers foundational training and in-depth courses for studios, production companies, and unions and guilds.
Indigenous Screen Office Report: Building Trust and AccountabilityThis report analyzes and explores considerations for eligibility, including definitions, and criteria needed to identify Indigenous applicants for the purposes of Indigenous-specific funding and support, and to develop policy recommendations and a framework for Indigenous-specific funding.
Black Screen OfficeThe Black Screen Office (BSO) works independently and in collaboration with screen industry decision-makers and creators to make Canada’s screen industries equitable and free of anti-Black racism. Through ground-breaking research, innovative workforce initiatives and education and advocacy, the BSO creates and supports opportunities for Black Canadians to have thriving careers in the screen industries and to share their onscreen stories globally.
BSO: Being Heard ReportThe Being Heard Report, from the Black Screen Office (BSO), reveals What Black Screen Industry Workers Do, Know and Experience. The report is a first-of-its-kind accounting of the prevalence and experiences of Black screen industry workers in Canada. By finally centering Black industry workers, Being Heard provides a clear picture of their objectives and the universal obstacles they face in trying to reach them.
BSO: Being Counted ReportBeing Counted reveals the viewing habits and preferences of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour audiences in Canada by exploring survey data that is usually hidden in “general population” of traditional audience surveys.
BSO: Being Seen Report
Black and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, People of Colour and People with Disabilities are severely underrepresented across Canada’s film, television and digital media industries. Being Seen: Directives for Creating Authentic and Inclusive Content, we have produced a practical tool for decision-makers to recognize their blind spots, remove systemic gaps and create truly authentic, inclusive content.
BSO: Being Seen: 2SLGBTQIA+ CommunitiesThe Being Seen: 2SLGBTQIA+ Communities Report looks at how these communities currently view their representation onscreen, the consequences of poor representation and what they want to see more of.
BSO: Being Seen: People with Disabilities Communities ReportThe Being Seen: People with Disabilities Report digs into the responses from consultations and interviews that were unique to those who identify as members of the People with Disabilities communities, namely: stereotypes; consequences of poor representation; and what they want to see more of.
BSO: Being Seen: The Being Seen: Children’s Media Report looks specifically at the insights of children and youth, their parents, and creators and producers of children’s media who also belong to the target communities.
Children's Media Report
Children's Media Report
Racial Equity Screen Office (RESO)RESO supports the mentorship, training, funding, production, and distribution of content by racialized Canadian filmmakers with diverse stories, told through a diasporic migrant lens with a major goal to build greater business opportunities and markets for content from racialized communities in and outside of Canada.
Creative PathwaysCreative Pathways is a comprehensive online hub for career seekers looking to get into the motion picture industry. Underpinning its value to B.C. is a sustainable collaboration framework built by industry for industry, complete with new employer services delivered through Creative BC to bridge diverse entrants with below-the-line production work experiences.
Creative Equity RoadmapB.C.’s motion picture industry is undertaking transformative action – both independently and collectively – to achieve greater equity, diversity and inclusion. The Creative Equity Roadmap is designed as a central touchpoint to champion and unite the industry’s Justice, Equity, Decolonization, Diversity, and Inclusion work through shared foundations, and a common language and resources.
Racialized Sexual Harassment: The Intersections of Race and GenderThe #MeToo movement shone a light on sexual harassment and assault in the Screen-based Production Sector. Until now, these issues have only been analyzed as they relate to gender. This adequately address the experiences of Women of Colour suffering from both sexualand racial discrimination.
Women In ViewWomen in View is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening gender representation and diversity in Canadian media both on screen and behind the scenes. This is done this through a range of initiatives that seek to generate awareness, promote talent and spark dialogue across the full spectrum of production, policy and artistic arenas.
A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories. On-Screen Protocols & Pathways inspired by the remarkable Indigenous artists, leaders, and community members who have persevered in the screen industry for decades, and who have cleared the paths that have brought us to this point in time.
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