Why do we need to commit to anti-racism in sport? Research shows that participation in youth sport, particularly by racialized youth, contributes to the development of positive relationships with their peers, builds self-esteem, and confidence, a sense of belonging, as well as the physical health and social benefits of participating in team sport.

Recent national and international reports have exposed several incidents of racism in professional sport.

When players speak out against racism, they are often retaliated against and can be isolated and marginalized by other players and coaches and may not be assigned as much playing time after reporting racist behaviours in white-dominated sport. This, in turn, has significant and damaging effects on racialized players because they become less competitive for professional sport when their pitch- and ice-time are curtailed.


Talking to your kids about racism – How to start the important conversation and keep it going

How to Talk Honestly With Children About Racism
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

How to talk to kids about racism: An age-by-age guide
Today’s Parent

Resource Lists

Best Practices and Toolkits
Elmwood Community Resource Centre

Books, videos and websites to help people learn about the forms of racism, about racial privilege, and what it means to be anti-racist.
Winnipeg Public Library

Family Tipsheet: How to Talk to Your Child About Racism
Holland Bloorview

Anti-Racism and Diversity Resources
Queen’s University Faculty of Education

Resources for Talking About Race, Racism and Racialized Violence with Kids
Center for Racial Justice in Education

Resources for Race, Equity, Anti-Racism, and Inclusion
We Need Diverse Books

Your Kids Aren’t Too Young to Talk about Race: Resource Roundup
Pretty Good

Anti-Racism Resources
Sport Information Resource Centre

Teaching Resources

Creating Racism-Free Schools through Critical/Courageous Conversations on Race
Manitoba Education and Training Indigenous Inclusion Directorate

Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism Resources for Educators
Queen’s University Faculty of Education

Teaching for Diversity
University of Alberta Faculty of Education

Let’s Talk Race and Racism
Canadian Cultural Mosaic Foundation

Resources for teaching about Indigenous Peoples of Canada
National Council for the Social Studies

Kindergarten-Grade 12 Indigenous Lesson Plans and Pedagogies
University of British Columbia Library

Infusing Indigenous Perspectives in K-12 Teaching
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Indigenous Education K-12
Lakehead University Library

Learning for Justice
Southern Poverty Law Centre


Talking Race With Young Children


Let’s Talk – How to Talk to Kids About Race

Book Lists
An Anti-Racist Children’s and Young Adults Reading List
Publishers Weekly

Raising and Teaching Anti-Racist Kids
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Library News

Looking for Excellent Diverse Books for Children? Start Here!

Anti-Racist Children’s Books
The Conscious Kid

Audio Books

A Kids Book About Racism
Jelani Memory

Books (Young Adult/Adult)

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? – Beverly Daniel Tatum

The ABC’s of Diversity: Helping Kids (and Ourselves!) Embrace our Differences – Carolyn B. Helsel and Y. Joy Harris-Smith

This Book is Anti-Racist – Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durand

Books (Baby/Kids)

Resist – 40 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice – Veronica Chambers

Hey Black Child – Useni Eugene Perkins

My Hair – Danielle Murrell Cox

Follow Your Dreams, Little One – Vashti Harrison

Dream Big, Little One – Vashti Harrison

Antiracist Baby – Ibram X. Kendi

A is for Activist – Innosanto Nagara

Woke Baby – Mahogany L. Browne

No! My First Book of Protest – Julie Merberg

All Are Welcome – Alexandra Penfold

New Kid – Jerry Craft

Let’s Talk about Race – Julius Lester

Sulwe – Lupita Nyong’o

I Am Enough – Grace Byers

I Am Every Good Thing – Derrick Barnes

Dear Black Boy – Martellus Bennett