“For the great merit of history or biography is not alone the events they chronicle, but the value of the thought they inspire.” Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
EXPLORE: Have an open mind.
DISCOVER: Expand your horizon of knowledge.
LEARN: Acquire new understanding, challenge your values and preferences.
SHARE: Start a conversation, enrich the collective knowledge of family and friends.
Here is a selection of resources, websites, articles, reports, videos for educators, parents, students, families, researchers and you
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Pioneers and History Makers: Bios, Stories, Features and Articles
BC Black History Timeline
Black Canadians in the 21st Century
BCBHAS bilingual exhibit with Digital Museums Canada "Their Industry and Character Influenced the Vision of Canada"
Resources for Educators and Parents
"Hope Meets Action: Echoes Through the Black Continuum" exhibition at Royal BC Museum
Slavery in Canada and the Underground Railroad
Anti-Racism in B.C. and Canada: Struggle, Strategy, Resilience
Canadian Organizations devoted to Black history
Blacks in British Columbia: A Catalogue of Information and Sources of Information (1858-1978)
Places of Interest
Black History Month and other commemorative days
Youth EngagementOur Youth Engagement Coordinator is using a series of workshops for youth to dive in and explore the five elements of Hip-Hop: Knowledge, MCing, DJing/Lyricism, Breakdancing/African dance, and Graffiti.
Rosie Jones and Joan Cook Memorial Bursary for Camosun College Students
UN Decade for People of African Descent: 2015-2024
Test Your Knowledge
Watch!a selection of family friendly videos, digital content and 1 full length documentary.
These trees are the background for our Learning Centre banner. They are recognized as a symbol of community. The tree is a prehistoric species which predates mankind, native to the African savannah. The baobab has many useful properties, which is why it is widely known as the Tree of Life. It behaves like a giant succulent with up to 80 percent of its trunk made up of water. Sand bushmen relied on the trees for water when the rains failed and the rivers dried. A single tree can hold up to 1,180 gallons (5,360 liters) of water, while the hollow center provides valuable shelter. The Order of the Baobab is a South African civilian national honor, instituted in 2002. It is awarded to citizens for distinguished service in the fields of business and the economy; science, medicine, and technological innovation; or community service.
Sources, Credits and References
Header Graphic with Baobab (BOUGH-bob) trees, Tracy Guinchard, ©BC Black History Awareness Society
Friends/Colleagues, Fauxels, Pexels
BC Black History Timeline ©BC Black History Awareness Society
Narrator, Photo by Anthony Shjraba, Pexels
DMC Home Page: Images courtesy of City of Victoria Archives, Royal BC Museum and Archives, Salt Spring Island Archives; Collage designed by Beth Cruise, BC Black History Awareness Society
Youth with backpacks, Stanley Morales, Pexels
Hope Meets Action Exhibit, Photo courtesy of Royal BC Museum and Archives, BC Black History Awareness Society Collection
“For Sale” BC Black History Awareness Society collection
Silence is Compliance, Danny Lines, Unsplash
Woman with Maple Leaf, Joanna Nix-Walkup, Unsplash
Dictionary Page, Romain Vignes, Unsplash
Researcher, Bantersnaps, Unsplash
Map, Element5, Unsplash
Black History Month graphic, BC Black History Awareness Society
Youth Engagement: Photo ©Charity Williams
University Student, Julia M. Cameron, Pexels
International Decade for People of African Descent mark
Youth with ipad, Julia M. Cameron, Pexels
Family watching video, August de Richelieu, Pexels
Grove of Baobab Trees, Theme Inn, Unsplash