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 21 - Black Futures Symposium for Secondary Students
Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools will host many engaging events and activities to celebrate Black History Month, including the Black Futures Symposium, a board-wide Black History student conference on February 21 for secondary school students. This event will be held from 9:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus. Now in its fifteenth year, the symposium will emphasize how the experiences within the Black community can help inform and evolve our concepts of equity. The theme for the symposium is “Human Dignity, Human Rights: Living as Joyful Disciples”. More than 350 students are expected to attend the event, which will include a keynote address by Father Tony Ricard from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, a panel discussion on race, black identity and black consciousness, followed by a series of workshops.
More Information: Black Futures Symposium Program
- 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