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Resources for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the TRIUMF Community

At TRIUMF, we believe that the collective wisdom of people with different perspectives and experiences extends beyond the sum of their individual knowledge. We endeavor to welcome and to motivate all our members to fulfill their potential. In embracing different voices, we enrich and strengthen ourselves as persons and as an institution. Our Laboratory is on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people. As a publicly funded Canadian institution and a world leader in science, we have a social imperative to build a more equitable system and to foster a culture of inclusive diversity. 

Diversity spans a wide range of dimensions, both visible and invisible. These dimensions may include gender, gender identy or expression, age, ethnicity, beliefs, and the presence of a disability. Inclusion is to cultivate a work environment which promotes full and free participation of all individuals to achieve their highest selves. Through fair and respectful treatment, equity delivers equal access to opportunities while recognizing that we do not all start from the same place.

At TRIUMF, we continually strive for equity, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects of our work. In this way, we will lead in science, discovery, and innovation to improve lives and build a better world. We encourage all members of our community to become active participants in this work by listening, learning, and reflecting on what a culture of inclusive diversity at TRIUMF could look like.  

This collection of resources is a starting point for ongoing education and conversation about equity, diversity, and inclusion here at the lab. As a living document, it will be subject to revision and update over time. We welome suggestions via


Articles & websites - learn more about: 


Indigenous persons 

Truth and Reconciliation 
National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls 
Residential Schools: UBC 
60s Scoop: UBC, Sixties Scoop Settlement  class action  
Musqueam Indian Band: TRIUMF is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of Musqueam people.  

Anti-immigration efforts

Komagata Maru when persons from British India attempted to immigrate to Canada and were denied entry in 1914
Head tax abolished in 1923 preventing Chinese families from joining husbands & fathers in Canada 

Asians in Canada 

Japanese internment, 1942/during WWII:  CBC  (see bullet on Heritage Minutes)
History of South Asians in Canada: Timeline
Early Chinese Canadians: history 1858-1947
Japanese Canadians: history 1877-1988 

Being Black in Canada

Who gets to be afraid in America?”, Ibram X. KendiAtlantic, 4 May 2020 
Carding and anti-Black racism in Canada”, Amnesty Canada, 23 August 2019 
"The Skin I'm In", Desmond Cole, Toronto Life, 2015 
Blacks in Canada: A long history”, Anne Milan and Kelly Tran, Canadian Social Trends, Spring 2004 
Black Lives Matter Vancouver 


Caucasia, Danzy Senna, 1998 
Bobbi Lee, Indian Rebel, Lee Maracle, 1990 
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison, 1970 
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou, 1969
Monkey Beach - Eden Robinson, 2000
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston, 1937
So You Want to Talk About RaceIjeoma Oluo, 2018 
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, Robin DiAngelo, 2018 
The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity while Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work, Laura Liswood, 2009 
The Black Academic's Guide to Winning Tenure, Kerry Ann Roquemore and Tracey Laszloff, 2008
Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde, 1984
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown, 1970
The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin, 1963
Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City, Tanya Talaga, 2017
Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015
Poverty Safari, Loki, 2017
I am Woman, Lee Maracle, 1988 (Discuses an indigenous woman's struggle living in Vancouver, and some other places)
Silencing the Past, Michel-Rolph Trouillot, 1995 (Challenges the Western concept that history is about the truth of the past; Rolph-Trouillot challenges this myth by asserting that history is "a story about power, a story about those who won)
Do Glaciers Listen, Julie Cruikshank, 2005 (Compares western history to oral indigenous history)

Audio/Visual Resources

Canadian Heritage Minutes

Naskumituwin Treaty: broken treaties and promises made to Indigenous persons
Residential Schools, the last one closing in 1996: Heritage Minute or as a  podcast  (2020)
Tommy Prince: the most decorated Indigenous veteran
Inukshuk: the meaning of the symbol
Nitro: Chinese immigrants laying the railroads
Vancouver Asahi: baseball in the internment camps of Vancouver
Maurice Ruddick: The 8-day entrapment of in a mining disaster
Jim Egan: pioneering gay activist starting in the 1940s
Boat People: Vietnamese refugees arriving via Malaysia 

TED Talks

What do you do when someone just doesn’t like you?” Daryl Davis, TEDxCharlottesville 2018 


When They See Us, Ava Duvernay, 2019 (Netflix miniseries about the Central Park Five) 
I Am Not Your Negro, James Baldwin, 2016
The Hate U Give - George Tillman Jr, 2018
Do The Right Thing - Spike Lee, 1989
Get Out - Jordan Peele, 2017
She's Gotta Have It - Spike Lee/Netflix, 2017-2019
13th - Ava DuVernay/Netflix, 2016 (Discusses America's racial history and it's entanglement with the prison industry)


About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge
Pod for the Cause, The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights
Seeing White, Scene On Radio
Code Switch - NPR


"Resistance & Resurgence: Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Canada", Feminist Delivers

Activities/Exercises the original website to test your implicit/unconscious biases
Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups” Craig Elliot, 2016
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” Peggy McIntosh, 1989 


Visit local museums celebrating persons of colour: 
Bill Reid Gallery  (Vancouver)
Britannia Heritage Shipyards  (Steveston)
Museum of Anthropology at UBC (Vancouver)
Indigenous Tourism BC 

Add a stop on your vacation: 

Canadian Museum for Human Rights  (Winnipeg, MB)
Black Loyalist Heritage Centre  (Shelburne, NS)