Statement of Solidarity

Gallery 44 denounces police brutality and systemic racism that continues to enact violence towards Black, Indigenous and POC communities in Canada and the United States. We are deeply saddened and angered by the ongoing violence towards Black communities and stand in solidarity against these oppressions.

G44 understands that galleries are not neutral spaces and recognizes that our society is built on various structural inequities, including systemic racial discrimination, and that these inequities continue to create barriers to access and participation. We are committed to being a positive force to eliminate such barriers, and to uphold anti-racism as part of the core value and mission of our organization. 

It is important to make time to listen, understand and stand up against systemic and individual acts of violence and racism. We must continue to educate ourselves particularly on our own histories of racism within Canada, and wish to share this evolving list of resources as a starting point. 


Action

Justice for Regis

Sara Wylie’s letter transcript demanding divestment from systemically violent Toronto Police Services 

#DefundThePolice


Donate

The Black Legal Action Centre

Black Lives Matter Toronto

TAIBU Community Health Centre

BAU Collective’s COVID-19 Global Emergency Relief Fund for high risk Black folks

NIA Centre for the Arts  

#NotAnotherBlackLife is partnering with FoodShare to deliver FREE GoodFood Boxes to Black families in Toronto who are self-isolating after the JUSTICE FOR REGIS march

Support

Black Organizations and Anti-Racist Groups Canadians Can Support Now 

Black Owned Businesses and Restaurants in the GTA 


Wellness Resources

Kwame McKenzie: Diversity and Mental Health

Black Therapists in Ontario

Ethel's Club (a wellness club for people of colour)

Black Health Alliance

Toronto For All: Anti-Black Racism & Mental Health Resources

Learning Resources

Critical Race Theory

Anti-Racism Resources

Educate Yourself

Policing Black Lives, Robyn Maynard

The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale 

The Urgency of Intersectionality, Kimberlé Crenshaw TED Talk

Sightlines a podcast by The Ryerson Image Centre

The State of Blackness, a repository of work by Black Canadian cultural producers