Anti-racism and social justice resources for the parks and beyond

Here at the Parks Conservancy, we believe in the power of nature, public lands and the history of resistance to inspire and educate.  

Below is an ongoing list of resources that we are finding useful as we examine racism and the outdoors. If you know of other helpful books, articles, videos, or guides that you think should be added to this list, please let us know at media@parksconservancy.org

For LGBTQ-related materials, check out our LGBTQ+ Resources.

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Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Angel Island State Historic Park – California State Parks (video) 

A glimpse into Yosemite’s Chinese History (video) 

 

Recolor the Outdoors - Alex Bailey (video) 

 

Here We Stand - An #EveryoneOutside Film (video) 

 

Conservation for Whom? - Avarna Group and POST (video) 

 

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Power, Privilege, & Oppression – University of Denver (video) 

13th on Netflix – Ava Duvernay (video) 

This land acknowledgement was developed by the Parks Conservancy, Presidio Trust, and National Park Service in conjunction with members of the Ramaytush Ohlone tribe for the My Park Moment photo show at the Presidio:

We are standing in the traditional territory of the Yelamu, a local tribe of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples of the San Francisco Peninsula. The Yelamu understood the interconnectedness of all things and maintained harmony with nature for millennia. Beginning in the 18th century Spanish, Mexican, and American colonization displaced and eradicated Native peoples across California, including the Yelamu; however, a few other Ramaytush Ohlone families did survive. Today, they maintain a strong cultural and spiritual connection to their ancestral homeland, seeking to fulfill their responsibilities as stewards. Let this land acknowledgement stand as a commitment to honoring the original peoples of this land and to uncovering the truths of the past that shape our present and future. 

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  • Daughter of a Lost Bird – Documentary by Brooke Swaney (documentary) 
  • Gather - Film about intimate portrait of growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty (documentary) 
  • Reservation Dogs – Half-hour comedy that follows the exploits of four Indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma from Co-Creators and Executive Producers Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi (television show) 
  • Blood Memory: A Story of Removal and Return – Documentary by Drew Nicholas with viewer discussion guide resource (documentary) 
  • It Has Never Been About Honoring Native Americans – Democracy Now! Interview with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz on Thanksgiving (video) 

Black Lives Matter—here at the Parks Conservancy, on our public lands and across the nation. We condemn anti-Black racism. Read our full statement in support of Black lives. 

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The recent escalation in anti-Asian violence, hate crimes, and harassment is a tragedy and threat in the parks and everywhere. The nonprofit Stop AAPI Hate received 3,795 reports of anti-Asian hate incidents from March 2020-February 2021, the largest number of which were reported from California.  

At the Parks Conservancy we believe in examining our history to learn from it, and we acknowledge the parks have been sites of racism against Asian Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities over time. We look to a future where parks can be catalysts for change and a safe refuge for all—and this will require action from all. 

Here are resources that provide knowledge and ways to act against anti-Asian violence: 

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Asian Americans - PBS (docuseries) 

Talking to Kids about Asian American Identity & Racism - Immigrant History Initiative (video)

Pandemic and Acts of Hate Against Asian Americans: From Past to Present – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (video) 

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Breaking Down Privilege - Chescaleigh (video) 

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Seeing White – Scene On Radio (podcast) 

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White Men: Time To Discover Your Cultural Blind Spots – Michael Welp, TEDxTalks (video) 

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Five Tips To Be An Ally – Chescaleigh (video) 

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Brené Brown with Ibram X. Kendi On How To Be Antiracist – Unlocking Us (podcast) 

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