Racial Questionnaire - People of Colour's Handout


Person of Colour's Questionnaire

Part A:  Reflect - the past

  1. When you were growing up did you have friends who were aboriginal people? If yes what are the things you did together? Where did you play - whose house? What messages did you get from your parents about these friendships (remember silence can also be a message)?

  2. When you were growing up did you have friends who were people of colour either from you own ethnic/cultural group or another group? If yes what are the things you did together? Where did you play - whose house? What messages did you get from your parents about these friendships

  3. When you were growing up did you have friends who were white people? If yes what are the things you did together? Where did you play - whose house? What messages did you get from your parents about these friendships?

  4. What was your most significant childhood experience involving aboriginal people? What did you learn from that experience?

  5. What was your most significant childhood experience involving white people? What did you learn from that experience?

  6. With respect to race, what was your most significant experience that involved white people? What did you learn from that experience?

  7. What are some other thoughts about your exposure or lack of exposure to childhood experiences with aboriginal people?

  8. What are some other thoughts about your exposure or lack of exposure to childhood experiences with white people?

  9. What are some other thoughts about your exposure or lack of exposure to childhood experiences with other people of colour?

Part B:  Think - today

  1. Do you have white people who are friends? If yes, what are the ethnic heritages of the white people included in your friends?

  2. Do you have aboriginal people who are friends? If yes, what do you know about the tribe or band that your aboriginal friends belong to? What do you know about the aboriginal tribes throughout Canada?

  3. Were there aboriginal people at the last party you hosted, or attended?

  4. Were there other people of colour at the last party you hosted, or attended?

  5. Were there white people at the last party you hosted, or attended?

  6. What are some other thoughts about the racial/colour diversity as it exists or does not exist in your life today?

Part C:  Imagine  - the future

  1. Will there be people of colour at your funeral and who will they be?

  2. Will there be aboriginal people at your funeral and who will they be?

  3. Will there be white people at your funeral and who will they be?

  4. Will you be more or less likely to develop friendships with aboriginal people over the next few years and why do you feel this way?

  5. Will you be more or less likely to develop friendships with other people of colour over the next few years and why do you feel this way?

  6. Will you be more or less likely to develop friendships with white people over the next few years and why do you feel this way?

  7. What are some other thoughts about current and future relationships with racially diverse people?

Adapted from: Katz, J.H. (2003, 1978). White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training (2nd Edition) Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.