University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
The Student Teachers Anti-Racism Society (STARS) promotes anti-racism education at the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan through the support of the College. We work collaboratively to understand, identify, and address individual and systemic racism and its interlocking forms of oppression based on gender, sexuality, ability, class, religion and other socially constructed categories. We believe that anti-racist and decolonizing education, when woven together, can create humanizing and emancipatory change for everyone.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Unnatural causes: Socio-economic and racial inequalities in health

This interesting seven-part documentary can be used as an anti-racism resource in health, science and economic/math classes. The website offers video clips, resources on various interrelated topics and a discussion guide. Website: http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/about_the_series.php
See clip from documentary: Diabetes Among Native Americans: Genes or Environment?

UNNATURAL CAUSES is the acclaimed documentary series broadcast by PBS and now used by thousands of organizations around the country to tackle the root causes of our alarming socio-economic and racial inequities in health. The four-hour series crisscrosses the nation uncovering startling new findings that suggest there is much more to our health than bad habits, health care, or unlucky genes. The social circumstances in which we are born, live, and work can actually get under our skin and disrupt our physiology as much as germs and viruses. Evidence suggests that more equitable social policies, secure living-wage jobs, affordable housing, racial justice, good schools, community empowerment, and family supports are health issues just as critical as diet, tobacco use, and exercise. As a society, we have a choice: invest in the conditions for health now, or pay to repair our bodies later.

Systemic and institutionalized racism in Canada affects the health of Indigenous peoples. See these First Nations, Metis and Inuit websites for more resources and information about the health outcomes of racism:

National Aboriginal Health Organization(NAHO): http://www.naho.ca/
Aboriginal Healing Foundation: http://www.ahf.ca/
National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health: http://www.nccah-ccnsa.ca/en/

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