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Canadian Black History Resources

Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.  

2024 Edition of Black History Month

Black History Month is celebrated annually in Quebec and in many parts of the world by various public, private and community institutions. In Quebec, the Black History Month Roundtable has been organizing activities for the past 30 years that allow the Quebec population to discover the richness and diversity of Black communities and to pay tribute to people who have distinguished themselves in various fields.

February is Black History Month

The 2024 theme for Black History Month is: “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build”. This theme celebrates the rich past and present contributions and accomplishments of Black people in Canada, while aspiring to embrace new opportunities for the future.

Teaching Toolkit: Black History Month

Resources for teachers, educators and caregivers

Talking About Racism in the Classroom

Diversity in society is a universal fact; how societies respond to diversity is a choice. Pluralism is a positive response to diversity. Pluralism involves taking decisions and actions, as individuals and societies, which are grounded in respect for diversity.

CBC KIDS How did Black History Month come to be?

Black History Month is a time to celebrate and remember all the ways that Black Canadians have contributed to Canada’s history and culture.

Throughout February, this celebration provides a chance to learn about African cultures.

 

Olympic Education Black History Collection

The Black History Collection shares the stories of inspiring Black Team Canada Athletes who have made contributions in sport and to the history of our nation. Through sharing these captivating stories, the COSP aims to foster an understanding and appreciation in the next generation of young people in Canada of the contributions made by Black Canadians to sport and to the history of our nation.

February is Black History Month

No matter where you live, we invite all Canadians to learn more about these communities, and how they continue to help shape the story of Canada.

 

NFB: Black Communities in Canada

This playlist is intended to provide a glimpse of the multi-layered lives of Canada’s diverse Black communities. The incredible stories of strength, courage, and perseverance in the face of adversity found in these films are rarely found in mainstream history books, making them an important classroom resource.

When it comes to Black History Month and the lessons you might have had in elementary school, what do you remember? Perhaps you’ll remember lessons on Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks – mostly African American history and nothing on Global Black History.  Although African American history is very important to know, the fact that it is the only thing we get to hear about highlights the great erasure of Black Canadians in our history lessons.

In his talk to the Western Quebec School Board teachers titled “Let’s do our part one kind act at a time”, three-time bobsleigh olympian Sheridon Baptiste shares what racism has looked like and continues to look like for him, as a highly successful black man.

Find out more about black Canadians who contributed to the building of Canada and who are making their mark every day.

Being Black In Canada

It is said this is a time of reckoning. A time, I believe, that is long overdue. And it carries with it both enormous opportunity and responsibility, to listen, do the work, and make it right.

I am excited by the opportunity of this website, which will undoubtedly play an important role in helping us move forward. Being Black in Canada offers a window into the struggles while celebrating the culture and achievements of the Black communities. With its focus on the diverse stories and experiences of Black Canadians, and a breadth of content in many formats, it will help expand everyone’s knowledge and understanding of the Black communities and with it build the pride and appreciation they so richly deserve. 

This innovative Education Guide explores seminal events and personalities in Black Canadian history through engaging discussion and interactive activities. It was made possible with the generous support of TD Bank Group, whose commitment to Black history and culture has been celebrated.

Black History Quiz

Complete the Black History Quiz to ascertain your current knowledge of Canadian Black history.

Speak Truth to Power Canada: Human Dignity

In this lesson plan on Human Dignity you will find student activities that support the theme of this lesson, including activities related to Black History Month, contributions to Canada by Black Canadians, a racial profiling scan of one’s community, derogatory terms commonly used today, and the effect of various discriminatory practices and thinking on individual human dignity.

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