Challenging Racist British Columbia

150 Years and Counting
February 25, 2021
9.78 MB80 pages

This booklet dives into the long history of racist policies that have impacted Indigenous, Black and racialized communities in the province over the last 150 years since BC joined Canada. The illustrated booklet, co-published by the CCPA-BC Office, ties the histories of racism and resistance to present day anti-racist movements.

Co-authored by Nicholas XEMŦOLTW̱ Claxton, Denise Fong, Fran Morrison, Christine O'Bonsawin, Maryka Omatsu, John Price and Sharanjit Kaur Sandhra, the 80-page, illustrated booklet is being released in advance of the 150th anniversary, which is on July 20, 2021. This engaging resource has been designed to assist anti-racist educators, teachers, scholars, policymakers and individuals doing anti-racism work to help pierce the silences that too often have let racism grow in our communities, corporations and governments.

In addition to the booklet, the project released a 3-part accompanying video series and an enhanced, interactive digital edition (EDE) targeted at educators. The EDE is a user-friendly online reading experience of the 150YC text and also contains a "Teachers' Corner" webpage and further learning materials including links to primary sources, community-based resources, learning activities, and more.