February is Black History Month
Black History should be celebrated throughout the year. The contributions of Black Canadians, as well as the perspectives of all people of African descent, are relevant each and every day. Nevertheless, February offers us the opportunity to recommit to building our knowledge of Black History in Canada, to refocus our efforts on including Black Canadian voices in our classrooms, and it gives us the chance to re-imagine our role in building a society that is more equitable and more just.
As you take advantage of these Black History Month offerings, please consider how these resources might also be integrated as part of your existing program during other months of the year.
This page includes PDF versions of this year’s Black History Month poster as well as posters from the past. It also features links to a variety of other websites that contain useful resources.
Another ETFO Provincial Resource, this page includes a calendar of Black Canadians (past and present) who have made valuable contributions to our country. There are links to lesson plans for primary, junior, and intermediate levels. The provided worksheets are available in English as well as in French.
Historica Canada's Education Guide is a downloadable PDF that offers a timeline of Canadian Black History. It provides valuable content knowledge as well as helpful suggestions for educators.
This is a virtual encyclopedia that includes links to and pictures of primary source documents. The Canadian Encyclopedia offers excellent information and collections related to Black History. It is also available in both English and French.
This series by Unilearnal offers a video for each day of Black History Month. In each video a member of Canada's Black community offers their own experiences and perspective before sharing about an important figure in Canadian Black history.
Google used search trends to identify and celebrate important moments and individuals in American history. Despite a U.S. focus, this video montage highlights the pervasive and amazing contributions that Black community members make to our society.