February is Black History Month. Both Federal and Provincial governments recognize the importance of Black History Month. As Canadians and, more importantly, as a Catholic Community, we are called to live in solidarity. Solidarity requires that we learn from, and about our brothers and sisters in Christ. We invite you to explore the following resources to deepen your understanding of the contributions of Black Canadians both past and present.
- Why a Black History Month? "African Canadian students need to feel affirmed; need to be aware of the contributions made by other Blacks in Canada; need to have role models; need to understand the social forces which have shaped and influenced their community and their identities as a means of feeling connected to the educational experience and their life experience in various regions in Canada." Read more from Rosemary Sadlier
- Rollcall, by George Elliott Clarke, Canada's Parliamentary Poet Laureate, was created at the request of the Government of Canada as parts of its Black History Month 2017 campaign and in conjunction with Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. The poem lists prominent Black Canadians. Further information is available through the following: 23 Historical Black Canadians You Should Know
- The Viola Desmond Story: A Heritage Minute
- The History of the Church includes many Black/African Catholic saints, who received recognition for great deeds or meritorious conduct. Many lost their lives in defense of the faith. Many were also honoured for their contributions to the Church and their community.
February - Black Futures Speakers Series 2021: Nurturing Hope
Each February, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board organizes the Black Futures Symposium as a forum for secondary students to learn, celebrate and embrace the past, present and future contributions of Black communities in Canada. Due to the pandemic protocols, this year's symposium will look different than previous years. The symposium will be a speakers series in which staff will be able to select a variety of pre-recorded sessions that they can use with their students. The speakers series will take place during Quad 3 and 4. This year's Black Futures Symposium theme is “Nurturing Hope”, inspired by the 2021 Catholic Education Week theme. Through this theme, our aim is that DPCDSB students will have an opportunity to gather in Christ’s presence in an atmosphere of trust and equality, to share and learn from the lived experiences of Black Canadians. The speaker's series seeks to nurture an understanding of hope, to value and affirm the lived experiences of Black Canadians and to reject the sin of racism. The speakers series seeks to call all people, especially our students, to be united in a mission of compassion, and love for one another. The speakers series is designed to commemorate the values of racial, social and economic justice, and harmony encompassed by the mission of Christ and envisioned by our Holy Father Pope Francis. Through individual presentations moderated by our Student Senate, this series serves to inform and empower all participants. Students will have an opportunity to hear from some of the GTA’s relevant educators, thinkers and cultural figures who contribute to the vibrancy of the Black community in Canada. The speakers will share their personal stories and insights on anti-Black racism, Black identity and its intersections, education, politics, mental health and well-being, constructs of beauty, social justice and activism, Black Canadian history and other timely topics. Speakers will cover a variety of subject areas and teachers will have access to these pre-recorded interviews throughout the year and will be able to embed the videos into their curriculum. The speakers series will be recorded throughout Quad 3 & 4 and will be made available to schools periodically. Details will be provided through the System Weekly Update and through the DPCDSB Program Equitable and Inclusive Education Department SharePoint. By learning about and celebrating the contributions of Black Canadians, we hope to inspire students and staff to continue to develop their social and critical consciousness while promoting social justice and living in Solidarity with one another.
More Information: Black Futures Symposium Flyer
February 3, 9, 11 & 23 - When the Saints Go Marching In!” Celebrating the History of Africans in the Americas Webinars
The DPCDSB Equity and Inclusive Education Department will be hosting special webinars for Grade 7 and 8 classes with Father Tony Ricard. When we examine the Faith History of North America, we can easily see the contributions by people of African Descent. Join us for an interactive celebration focusing on the joyful journey of the Black Community. Using funny stories, spiritual songs and testimonies of faith, Fr. Tony Ricard, from the Archdiocese of New Orleans and his students from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans will share with us the presence of God as seen through the History of Africans in the Americas.
Wednesday February 3, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday February 9, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Thursday February 11, 2021 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday February 23, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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- Black History in Canada Education Guide
- Black History Canada
- Black History in Canada Quiz
- Black History Society
- Government of Canada – Black History Month
Celebrating Our Canadian History Poster Series: Download Black History Month Poster