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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.  

February is Black History Month

The 2022 theme for Black History Month is: “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day,” which focuses on recognizing the daily contributions that Black Canadians make to Canada

The 2022 theme for Black History Month is: “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day,” which focuses on recognizing the daily contributions that Black Canadians make to Canada.

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

Explore our collection of films by award-winning Black filmmakers, creators, and allies of the Black community, detailing a rich history to better understand the present.

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

Throughout February, BEING BLACK IN CANADA will also offer a series of feature stories on Black men making a difference in their communities. 

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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