CUSA is committed to its social justice learning journey and invites students to join us. We have compiled many online and offline resources meant to educate people on different topics within social justice such as racial equity, Indigenous resistance, and more. Please send any additions to

Indigenous Rights & Resistance


Halfbreed (Maria Campbell)

Monkey Beach (Eden Robinson)

When We Were Alone (David Robertson)

The Inconvenient Indian (Thomas King)

This Place: 150 Years Retold (Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Jen Storm, Brandon Mitchell)

Heart Berries (Terese Marie Mailhot)


Film & Documentaries

The Grizzlies (2018) – Miranda di Pencier

Angry Inuk (2016) – Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

Nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (2019) – Tasha Hubbard

Rocks at Whiskey Trench (2000) – Alanis Obomasawin

Trick or Treaty? (2014) – Alanis Obomasawin

Club Native (2008) – Tracey Deer

When Two Worlds Collide (2016) – Mathew Orzel, Heidi Brandenburg

We Were Children (2012) – Tim Wolochatiuk



“The Indigenous people killed by Canada’s police” by Brandi Morin | Al Jazeera 

“The REDress Project: Casting an Indigenous Feminist Worldview on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Programs in Ontario Universities” by Elizabeth Brulé

“Weaving Indigenous knowledge into the scientific method” by Saima May Sidik | Nature

“The past is not the past for Canada’s Indigenous peoples” | The Lancet

Access & Ability Rights


Designing an Accessible Online Course



Eyes Wide Open (Isaac Lidsky)

Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally (Emily Ladau)

Disability Visibility (Alice Wong)

Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (Amie Hamraie)

The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health (Zena Sharman)

Crip Kinship: The Disability Justice & Art Activism of Sins Invalid (Shayda Kafai)


Film & Documentaries

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution (2020) – James Lebrecht, Nicole Newnham

A Quiet Place (2018) – John Krasinski

The Bell Jar (1979) – Larry Peerce



Erevelles, Nirmala, and Andrea Minear. “Unspeakable Offenses: Untangling Race and Disability in Discourses of Intersectionality.” Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability 4(2), (2010): 127-145.

Helen Meekosha, “Decolonising disability: thinking and acting globally,” Disability & Society, 26(6), (2011), 667-682.

Racial Justice & Equity


RESIST: Video Series

Reform vs. Abolition

Model Minority Myth

Checkpoint Zero



The Skin We’re In (Desmond Cole)

Policing Black Lives (Robyn Maynard)

White Fragility (Robin DeAngelo)

Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter Canada (Rodney Diverlus  | Sandy Hudson  | Syrus Marcus Ware)

BlackLife: Post-BLM and the Struggle for Freedom (Rinaldo Walcott)

Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Our Movement (Charlene Carruthers)

They Said This Would Be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up (Eternity Martis)

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor (Layla F Saad | Robin J DiAngelo) 

Death Blossoms: Reflections from a Prisoner of Conscience, Expanded Edition (Mumia Abu-Jamal)

Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (Hanif Abdurraqib)


Film & Documentaries

Do Not Resist (2016) – Craig Atkinson

Let the Fire Burn (2013) – Jason Osder

When They See Us (2019) – Ava Duvernay

I Am Not Your Negro (2016) – Raoul Peck

13th (2016) – Ava Duvernay

Ferguson: A Report from Occupied Territory (2015) – Orlando de Guzman

The Hate You Give (2018)

Charlottesville: Race and Terror (2017) – Vice News



“America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)

”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)

The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine

The Combahee River Collective Statement

“The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston | Vox (May 28, 2019)

”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh

“Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)

“Analysis: How the media created a ‘superpredator’ myth that harmed a generation of Black youth” by Carroll Bogert | NBC News (November 20, 2020)

LGBTQ2S+ Rights


The Care We Dream Of: Liberatory and Transformative Approaches to LGBTQ+ Health (Zena Sharman)

Detransition, Baby (Torrey Peters)

Gender Queer (Maia Kobabe)

Love after the End: An Anthology of Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Speculative Fiction (Joshua Whitehead)

Full Metal Indigiqueer (Joshua Whitehead)

Greedy: Notes from a Bisexual Who Wants Too Much (Jen Winston)

Continuum: Pocket Change Collective (Chella Man, Ashley Lukashevsky)

Missing from the Village: The Story of Serial Killer Bruce McArthur, the Search for Justice, and the System that Failed Toronto’s Queer Community (Justin Ling)

Love Lives Here: The Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family (Amanda Jette Knox)

Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis (Mattilda Bernstein)

Queer: Words of Change series (Coco Romack)

There’s a Disco Ball Between Us: A Theory of Black Gay Life (Jafari S. Allen)

Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman (Leslie Feinberg)

The Stonewall Reader (New York Public Library Archives)

We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation (Leighton Brown, Matthew Riemer)

And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic (Randy Shilts)


Film & Documentaries

Before Stonewall (1984) – Greta Schiller

The Times of Harvey Milk (1984) – Rob Epstein

Paris is Burning (1990) – Jennie Livingston

The Celluloid Closet (1996) – Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005) – Victor Silverman, Susan Stryker

Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement (2009) – Susan Muska, Greta Olafsdottir

We Were Here (2011) – David Weissman, Bill Weber

The New Black (2013) – Yoruba Richen

Call Me Kuchu (2012) – Katherine Fairfax Wright, Malika Zouhali-Worrall

Moonlight (2016) – Barry Jenkins

Love, Simon (2018) – Greg Berlanti

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) – John Cameron Mitchell

God’s Own Country (2017) – Francis Lewis

Carol (2015) – Todd Haynes



Azar Masoumi, “Compulsory Coming Out and Agentic Negotiations: Toronto QTPOC Narratives,”  Jinthana Haritaworn, ed. in Queering Urban Justice: queer colour formations in Toronto, Toronto, University of Toronto Press, pp.187-201.

Momin Rahman, “Queer as Intersectionality: Theorizing Gay Muslim Identities,” Sociology 44(5) 2010: 944-961.

S.L. Morgensen 2010. “Settler Homonationalism: Theorizing Settler Colonialism within Queer Modernities,” GLQ; A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 16(1-2): 105-131.

Gender Equity


Government of Canada: Feminist International Assistance Gender Equality Toolkit for Projects

City of Ottawa: Women and Gender Equity Strategy

City for All Women: Equity and Inclusion Tools


The Feminine Mystique (Betty Friedan)

Sexual Politics (Kate Millett)

The Colour Purple (Alice Walker)

Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)

Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men (Caroline Criado Perez)

Men Explain Things to Me (Rebecca Solnit)

We Should All Be Feminists (Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)

Film & Documentaries

On the Basis of Sex (2018) – Mimi Leder

Hidden Figures (2019) – Theodore Melfi

Made in Dagenham (2010) – Nigel Cole

The Glorias (2020) – Julie Taymor

Selma (2014) – Ava DuVernay

Happy Birthday, Marsha! (2018) – Sasha Wortzel, Reina Gossett

He Named Me Malala (2015) – Davis Guggenheim

Feminists: What Were They Thinking? (2018) – Johanna Demetrakas

Why Women Are Paid Less (2018) – Explained Episode, Vox


Kimberlé Crenshaw: Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color

Daiva Stasiulis, “Theorizing Connections: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class,” in Peter S. Li, ed., Race and Ethnic Relations in Canada, Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1990.

  1. Strid, S. Walby & J. Armstrong, “Intersectionality and multiple inequalities: Visibility in British policy on violence against women,” 20(4), 2013.

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