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Black History Month: Learning Resources

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February is Black History Month, which honours the contributions, stories and histories of Black individuals, groups and communities. Black History Month was first recognized in Toronto in 1979 and then officially by the House of Commons in 1995. While it’s important to honour Black history this month, the historical and contemporary truths, voices and contributions of Black people and communities should be explored throughout the year.

Below are some resources for students and families to deepen their knowledge and share incredible Black stories. 


 Elementary Students – Primary (Grade K-3)

Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed

 “An enchanting, inspirational account of [NASA astronaut Mae] Jemison’s early life that illustrates the importance of encouraging and supporting children’s dreams.” — Kirkus, Starred Review 

Available through the Vancouver Public Library

1706813157291.png Elementary Students – Intermediate (Grade 4-7)

Black Women Who Dared by Naomi M. Moyer

"Most notably, the strong current of courage and practical activism, across time, calls out encouragement, inspiration and command for young readers." – Toronto Star

 Available through the Vancouver Public Library




Secondary Students 

Secret Vancouver: Return to Hogan’s Alley

The 16-minute documentary takes a look back on how this hotbed of historic jazz was nearly forgotten by time and erased by urban renewal and the viaducts. It's a must-watch for anyone interested in the rich history of Vancouver. – Vancouver is Awesome                                                                                                                                                                                              


Available to watch on YouTube



Learning at Home

Raising Antiracist Children: A Practical Parenting Guide by Britt Hawthorne

 Hawthorne has a gift for making complex, sensitive topics accessible, and her tone is both inspiring and comforting…Overall, the creativity, criticality, and compassion make this book is a must-read for parents and caregivers. A stunning comprehensive, thoughtful, and practical guide to anti-racist parenting – Kirkus, Starred Review


Available through the Vancouver Public Library


1706813157480.pngBlack History Month: Exploring the past and future of February’s annual celebration by CBC Kids News

 “… the month-long celebration of Black Canadians and their accomplishments officially started in 1995, its origins go back much farther than that, both in Canada and the U.S. So when did Black History Month begin? Why? And where do people think it’s heading in the future? CBC Kids News contributor Ainara Alleyne answers these questions and more.

Available to watch on YouTube


1706813157521.png365 Black Canadian Calendar by Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (EFTO)

“The individuals represented on the calendar offer a glimpse into the historical and contemporary political and societal realities faced by Black Canadians. The calendar is both a celebration and acknowledgement of a fraction of the contributions and impact Black Canadians have had to help shape Canada to be the nation it is today.”  – EFTO

Available for viewing and lesson ideas on EFTO website


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