Allyship — What Can You Do to Combat Racism?

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The Social Planning Council is grateful for the support of the Resilience BC Anti-Racism Network funded by the Province of British Columbia in creating this anti-racism video, which celebrates three grass-roots initiatives in our community that bring awareness to the issue of racism and showcase personal responsibility and opportunities in allyship work.

Please scroll down for online resources.


Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 94 Calls to Action:


TV Series:

 CBC's 8th Fire Series

8TH FIRE is a provocative, high-energy journey through Aboriginal country showing you why we need to fix Canada's 500 year-old relationship with Indigenous peoples; a relationship mired in colonialism, conflict and denial.


APTN's First Contact Series

First Contact takes six average Canadians, all with strong opinions about Indigenous People, on a unique 28-day journey into Indigenous Canada. Leaving their everyday lives behind the six will travel deep into Winnipeg, Nunavut, Alberta, Northern Ontario, and the coast of BC to visit Indigenous communities.

Narrated by host and social justice activist George Stroumboulopoulos, First Contact is a journey that will turn the six participants’ lives upside down. Challenging their perceptions and confronting their opinions about a world they never imagined they would see. It is an experience that will change their lives, forever.


Health Care Sector Cultural Training & Resources:

San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training - Provincial Health Services Authority in BC

The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program was developed by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) Aboriginal Health Program.


University of Victoria - Cultural Safety Training – 3 Modules:

The purpose of these modules is to reflect on Aboriginal peoples' experiences of colonization and racism as these relate to health and health care. The modules are designed for nurses, nursing students, and nursing instructors, as well as other health and human service workers, to explore the concept of cultural safety as it relates to nursing practice.

Module One:

Module Two:

Module Three:


 First Nations Health Authority – Cultural Humility

A web page full of resources and webinars to explore to expand understanding of Cultural Safety and Humility.


A Cultural Safety Toolkit for Mental Health and Addiction Workers In-Service with First Nations People – Honoring our Strengths – Continuum of Care

A number of Toolkits on Cultural Safety, Intake, Referral, Motivational Interviewing and many others can be retrieved from:


Trauma Informed Practice Guide


UBC Learning Circle – Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health

The UBC Learning Circle is a partnership between the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health and the First Nations Health Authority. Our intention is to provide educational and informational opportunities to health care workers and professionals in First Nations communities.


National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health

The NCCAH is making significant strides in support of a renewed public health system that is inclusive and respectful of diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Our collaborations in knowledge sharing extend beyond traditional boundaries – institutional, jurisdictional, geographical and professional – to address the multi-faceted and structural issues underpinning Indigenous health. We continue to strengthen the links between evidence, knowledge, practice and policy in support of the public health goals of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Allyship Definition

Nicole Asong Nfonoyim-Hara, the Director of the Diversity Programs at Mayo Clinic, defines the act of allyship as:

"When a person of privilege works in solidarity and partnership with a marginalized group of people to help take down the systems that challenge that group's basic rights, equal access, and ability to thrive in our society."