A new resource equipping teachers to talk about racism

“We need to be talking about race and racism in our classrooms, but I know that many teachers find it uncomfortable or don’t know where to start,” says Sarah Adomako‐Ansah, Educator in Residence at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

So, she created a free, bilingual online resource to help teachers educate students about race and racism. Pass the Mic: Let’s Talk About Racism profiles three Canadians who share their experiences with racism in a series of short videos.

“Pass the Mic elevates voices that far too often aren’t being heard as a starting place for those conversations, says Sarah. “It will help build our collective capacity to challenge racism in ourselves and our communities.”

The videos are accompanied by a detailed lesson plan for students in Grades 5 — 8 to help teachers unpack these stories in the classroom. Students also explore concepts of privilege, intersectionality, allyship and anti‐racism.

The lessons culminate in a student‐led project to transform their learning into action, which is the foundation of the CMHR’s human rights education programs.

The Museum’s Educator-in-Residence program is proudly supported by Bee-Clean – Jose & Maria Correia; Power Corporation of Canada; Cargill; Michaëlle Jean Foundation and Peter Tielmann & Tara DeFehr-Tielmann; Sara, Michael & Debbie Gray, in memory of Dr. Frank Plummer; and Myron & Marion Klysh.

Thank you for your generous support!