Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

Resources & Tools

As a health care organization, Lakeridge Health denounces systemic racism and all forms of discrimination and injustice and is committed to advancing equity and inclusion in our organization and broader community.

Recent acts of violence against  Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) have fueled international condemnation and compel each of us to reflect on how we can understand and work to address systemic racism and discrimination in our own lives, communities and workplaces.

Lakeridge Health is committed to working with our community and inside our organization to take clear and measurable actions to promote a healing environment that is just and equitable for everyone.

As part of this commitment, we are pleased to share a dedicated web page with resources regarding racism against BIPOC and the advancement of inclusion, diversity and equity at all levels. We hope that these resources can support Lakeridge Health team and community members to learn more about the reality of systemic racism and to support open conversations about how to address and eliminate racism and discrimination at work, at home and in the community.

The resources will be updated and expanded regularly to cover racism and all types of discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, abilities, background, language, age, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity as well as strategies to promote equity and inclusion.

Quick Links to Resources

Digital Resources

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day 2020: Connection

Ted Talks: How Racism Makes Us Sick 
David R. Williams

The Cold Hard Truth of Privilege
States of Change

Black Health Matters: Responding to COVID-19
Dalla Lana School of Public Health


Learning Toolkits/Interactive Resources

Ontario Human Rights Commission: Call it out: racism, racial discrimination and human rights
A 30-minute interactive eCourse that offers a foundation for learning about race, racial discrimination and human rights protections under Ontario's Human Rights Code.

Navigating Race in Canadian Workplaces
A toolkit for diversity and inclusion practitioners
Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

Human Library: Everyone has a Story to Share
A Human Library is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not normally engage with. Visitors to a library have an opportunity during a planned event to borrow Human Books and to engage in conversation with the books. Developed by the Ontario Library Association.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
We acknowledge and support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action to advance Canada through the process of reconciliation with First Nation, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous Peoples. The Call to Action “Health” section envisions improving health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in Canada. May the partnerships with First Nation, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous communities help us work together to provide the best health system for all.

Indigenous Relationship and Cultural Safety Courses
Cancer Care Ontario



Racism in Ontario and Canada

Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change Fact Sheets
Colour of Change Tools & Resources
Collection of fact sheets, tools and resources unpacking the intersections of poverty and race in Canada

11 Terms You Should Know to Better Understand Structural Racism
Aspen Institute

Dominant Cultural Narratives, Racism, and Resistance in the Workplace: A Study of the Experiences of Young Black Canadians
By Julian Hasford

Racism in Canada is ever-present, but we have a long history of denial
By Maija Kappler

We Are All Treaty Peoples – A Framework for Understanding and Good Relations Going Forward
Colour of Change

Canada's history with Indigenous people is cruel and unfair, but we need to own up to it
Kerry Benjoe

Interrupted childhoods: Over-representation of Indigenous and Black children in Ontario child welfare
Ontario Human Rights Commission

Five charts that show what systemic racism looks like in Canada


Racism and Health

COVID-19 Indigenous Resources at Lakeridge Health

Indigenous Navigator at Lakeridge Health

Statement from Black Health Leaders on COVID-19’s impact on Black Communities in Ontario
Alliance for Healthier Communities

Black Lives Matter: A Commentary on Racism and Public Health
Jennifer Jee-Lyn Garcia and Mienah Zulfacar Sharif

Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus is not the 'great equalizer' – race matters: U of T expert


Resources specifically for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People and People of Colour) 

5 Black Mental Health Resources to Fight the Harmful Effects of Racism
By Taylyn Washington-Harmon

This BLM Meditation Can Help People Cope With The Tiring Cycle Of Oppression 
By Zahara Hill 


For White Allies

For our White Friends Desiring to be Allies
By Courtney Ariel

What White Colleagues Need to Understand
By Clarice Brazas and Charlie McGeehan

Confronting racism is not about the needs and feelings of white people
By Ijeoma Oluo