All of the titles below link to thematic research sections addressing displacement. Each section will open as a PDF and contains a written introduction with approximately 8-12 open-access and multi-media resources (books, articles, videos, podcasts, etc.). 

Environmental Displacement of Indigenous People: A Glimpse into Anishinaabe Resistance to Colonial Exploitation

This section aims to provide tools and resources for teaching high school students about the environmental displacement of Indigenous people in North America due to colonization. Rather than attempting to generalize the experiences of the many tribes who have been forced to leave their land or are currently fighting against displacement, this section will focus on the Anishinaabeg Nations and the threats that they currently face. 

Forcing Diasporas (A Teaching Tool)

This section aims to introduce the concept of a diaspora to students in a way that is accessible yet hints at the multifaceted and at times complicated meanings of the word. It encourages students to make the connection between the creation of diasporas and many forms of forced migration and then be able to apply this understanding to the displacement and persecution of the Sahrawi people residing in Western Sahara, Algeria, and Spain.

The Olympics, Community Gardens, and ‘Islands of Exclusion’: Gentrification as Forced Displacement

This section aims to introduce high school students to the concept of gentrification (mainly as it occurs in North America), help students understand the role gentrification plays in inducing and exacerbating forced displacement, allow for discussions on possible effects of gentrification including through a specific case study, and provide a space for them to collectively brainstorm next steps.

Literature of Displacement

This section presents a sample of the many works of fiction published in the last twenty-odd years by those who have experienced life as a refugee or migrant, demonstrating the ways in which this literature can combat learned xenophobia, condescension, and ignorance.