“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” – Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” – Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr.

Guides and Resources for Educators, Parents

BCBHAS President, Silvia Mangue “The Importance of Including Black History in B.C. Curriculum and Heritage Programming” “… when we understand history and its subjects, we are better equipped to write laws and policies that are more equitable and just for all of us.” Read the article

Province of B.C: June 2, 2020, after the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 “Education minister: Recent racist acts could be ‘teachable moment’ for B.C. students”. Fleming told reporters he’d drafted a letter that morning to the B.C. Black History Awareness Society about curriculum material, including what is already available, and what is currently taught in schools.”

Our Society team is now meeting with ministry staff, community groups and educational professionals within the Black community with the goal to work cooperatively and collaboratively to implement programs to improve Black history and anti-racism teaching in the public schools.

Resources

Black History in Canada: This guide (pdf) explores events and personalities in Black Canadian history through discussion and interactive activities.

Black History timeline for Canada beginning in the 1600’s. “Black history did not begin in recent times in Canada, but in ancient times in Africa. People connected by their common African history and ancestry have created Black history here.” The first recorded person of African Heritage to come to what is now Canada, arrived in 1604. His name is Mathieu Da Costa who arrived with the French explorer Samuel de Champlain. Explore the timeline

Ontario: Teaching African-Canadian history: The goal of this site is “to share resources and provide support to educators striving to include the African Canadian experience across the curriculum with the aim of enriching the learning experiences of all students in the classroom.” The site is maintained by Natasha Henry, the president of the Ontario Black History Society. She is an educator, historian, and curriculum consultant, specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African Diasporic experience.

Nova Scotia: Education and Early Childhood Development, African Canadian Services Branch (ACSB): Dedicated to collaborating across the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) with students, parents, families, community, education partners, and stakeholders to build a Nova Scotian education system that is equitable, culturally responsive, and a safe learning environment. Visit the site.

The ACSB was established in February of 1996 to implement the Department’s response to the Black Learners Advisory Committee (BLAC) BLAC Report on Education Some of the areas covered in the report include cultural education and self esteem, under-representation of Black teachers and administrators, need for multi-culturalism/anti-racist policies, learning-teaching resources, teacher education and professional development, school discipline, community and parent involvement. There are 120 recommendations.

def·i·ni·tion (noun) a statement of the exact meaning of a word

What does Anti-Black Racism mean? Is prejudice and racism the same? The Canadian Race Relations Foundation maintains a glossary with definitions of key concepts relevant to race relations, the promotion of Canadian identity, belonging and the mutuality of citizenship rights and responsibilities.  We’ve selected some of the CRRF definitions that you will find here and a link to their complete GLOSSARY.

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