BC Day Closure: All locations will be closed on Monday, August 3. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, August 4.
Our Re-opening Plan: Check your library branch webpage to see services offered and open hours. View Re-opening plan details.
Connect with library staff: Email firstname.lastname@example.org anytime or phone 1-844-649-8127: Monday 9AM-1PM, Tuesday to Friday: 9AM-5PM, Saturday: 11AM-3PM (PT).
Okanagan Regional Library is committed to helping our patrons better understand systemic racism through these anti-racism resources.
Click on the links below to view the lists in the library catalogue:
Stop Racism: Nonfiction titles on reconciliation and confronting racism.
Talking Racism with Children: Books to support families talking about racism.
Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes: Fiction to reflect our diverse communities.
Indigenous Peoples Reading List: Fiction and nonfiction titles on Aboriginal culture, art, traditions.
Anti-Racism Film List: A selection of movies and documentaries on race and racism
Indigenous Films: Some of the best Indigenous films from Canada and around the world
You can also find eBook and eAudiobook lists are available via the Libby App and the ORL eBooks collection:
I Can't Breathe
Walk in Someone Else's Shoes: Fiction to better know other people's lives
Standing Together: Young adult eBooks on Prejudice & Racism
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaborative network of researchers investigating implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings that are largely outside of conscious awareness and control. Take a test to contribute to the research and to learn about your own biases in 7 different areas.
The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) celebrates the achievements of Black people in British Columbia by creating an awareness of the history of Blacks in B.C., stimulating interest in the contributions of persons of African ancestry to B.C. and Canada today, and celebrating historical and current achievements in the arts, education, government, sports, science etc.
If there’s one thing Canadians avoid, it’s talking about race. This podcast is here to change that. Join hosts Denise Balkissoon and Hannah Sung for a new conversation on race in Canada.
Stay informed with current Indigenous issues, including policing, 2SLGBTQ, the environment, and reconciliation. You’ll also find links to podcasts and streaming APTN programs.
This Province of BC initiative will help coordinate anti-racism initiatives and training and develop community-based branches to help with service delivery. The network has not yet been fully implemented.
View a list of anti-racism organizations in communities across British Columbia (this list was maintained by the Organizing Against Racism & Hate program, which was active until March 2020).
This organization offers several free online courses, including Indigenous treaties, systemic racism in Canada, understanding how the brain develops bias, and interfaith learning. There are also webinars on building inclusive organizations, online hate and radicalization, implementing reconciliation, and anti-black racism in schools.
You may also want to visit our Newcomers page for information on other community organizations throughout our area.