Resource List on Systemic Racism in Perinatal Health in Canada

My motivation in compiling this list was to find Canadian resources for participants in my birth doula workshop.

My motivation was to find Canadian resources for participants in my birth doula workshop. As a White Canadian, I do not have lived experience of the effects of racism within our institutions. American or British resources do not help me confront these issues, because I can reassure myself that “it’s not so bad here.” So I set out to find specifically Canadian resources to help me come face to face with the racist past and present of our country. I also wanted to focus on health care, and particularly perinatal care, because these are the issues I am called to work on in my profession as a doula, childbirth educator, and doula trainer.

I have only included items that can be freely and easily accessed (no scholarly articles behind pay-walls), and I have chosen shorter items, because they are more likely to get read!

I welcome comments about anything from this list that you watch/read. This list is not final – I hope to continue to add to it and update it. I welcome contributions to the list, if you know of articles or videos you would like to share. Send them along!

Victoria, BC

Institutional/Systemic Racism in Hospitals in Canada

In Plain Sight – Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care –

Episode from CBC radio – White Coat Black Art:

Indian Hospitals (This is the term that was used for these now historical institutions.)

Perinatal Care – Indigenous Families

Decolonizing Indigenous birth work and reproductive health | CGSHE Spotlight Series –

Forced Sterilization – Canada

Perinatal Care – Black Canadians

Anti-Black Racism in Canada – History

“Anti-Black racism is a particularly pernicious, borderless, and unique form of racism that has its roots in the Transatlantic slave trade. Slavery evolved into what Saidiya Hartman terms the “afterlife of slavery,” the modern-day, virulent, enduring forms of structural racial injustice and the different forms of structural inequalities that African descended people here in Canada and in other parts of the world continue to experience today.”

Anti-Black Racism Reading List

CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) – Open Access

Time to dismantle systemic anti-Black racism in medicine in Canada

About William Osler – (in)famous Canadian doctor – and his place in our racist history

Is your hospital culturally safe?

The Secret Life of Canada

A podcast about the country you know and the stories you don’t.

The Secret Life of Canada highlights the people, places and stories that probably didn’t make it into your high school textbook. Join hosts Leah and Falen as they explore the unauthorized history of a complicated country.

The podcasts include stories about the wide variety of marginalized people in Canada – from Indigenous people, to Black Canadians and People of Colour, to LGBTQ people.


From the Canadian Public Health Association: Transforming our Response: Practical Tips on Providing Trauma Informed, Culturally Safe Care

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Part 2 –

Part 3 –

Indigenous Cultural Safety Collaborative Learning Series

San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

This course costs $300 for anyone who is not employed by a BC health authority. But it is very highly recommended.