This page was prepared, updated, and featured throughout the month of February. It will now most likely stay relatively dormant until next year.
Black History matters year-round. Below are tons of interesting and important learning resources to explore.
Over the last two years, we have been reminded again of the impact that anti-Black racism and injustice has in our society, not only in the United States, but here in Canada, and more specifically within our individual communities. The ongoing deaths resulting from police actions have brought to the forefront the reality that systemic racism continues to exist and the profound and tragic impact it has on the lives and communities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour.
The Western Québec School Board is committed to inclusion, justice, and equity. We understand and acknowledge that there is work to be done within our learning community, as it is fundamentally important to stand together to battle all forms of racism and discrimination. We recognize the experiences of our communities and are committed to listening, responding and supporting our students, families and communities.
Our expectation is that every member of the Western Québec community confronts racism, oppression, injustice, and hate, in a collective effort to not only respect and protect the rights of all our citizens, but also to educate the students moving through our system. To do this we will continue to engage our community partners in providing us with guidance and direction; to provide staff with cultural competence and cultural security training and structure opportunities for voice.
It is only through this collective effort and education that we will move toward a society where no one is subjected to systemic racism and discrimination.
Black History Month | Canada.ca
Among other features, it includes a short series of videos about Black History in Canada. From the Canadian Government.
Black History in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia
Black history refers to the stories, experiences, and accomplishments of people of African origin. 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 African-Canadian population is made up of individuals from a range of places across the globe including the United States, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Canada.
Black Communities in Canada: A Rich History | NFB
The National Film Board has selected a group of films that portray the multi-layered lives of Canada’s diverse Black communities. The incredible stories of strength, courage and perseverance in the face of adversity that these films present are not often found in mainstream history books.
When it comes to Black Canadian History, what do you know?
Perhaps you only recently heard of Viola Desmond, the incredible Black woman who refused to move from the whites-only section in a theatre in Nova Scotia – but might this be the extent of your knowledge?
The story of Africville | Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Because of racism, Black settlers were pushed to the margins of society and forced to live on the most inhospitable land. Despite this, they persevered, developing strong, vibrant communities. Africville was one such place.
Instead of providing proper municipal services to the community, the City of Halifax decided to relocate the residents of Africville. The City said it wanted to build industry and infrastructure in the area. But it also used the language of human rights, claiming that relocation would improve the standard of living for residents. Before this decision was made, there was no meaningful consultation with residents of Africville to gather their views.
Black History Matters | African Nova Scotian Affairs
Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities with a long, deep, and complex history dating back over 400 years. African Heritage Month provides us with another opportunity to celebrate our culture, legacy, achievements, and contributions of people of African Descent – past and present.
One woman’s resistance, the Viola Desmond story | Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Unaware that a theatre was segregated, the Black Nova Scotian chose a main‐floor seat. When she refused to move to the balcony, where Black patrons were expected to sit, she was arrested and dragged out of the theatre. For many people, the story would have ended there…
Sleeping Car Porters in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia
The vast majority of sleeping car porters were Black men and the position was one of only a few job opportunities available to Black men in Canada. While the position carried respect and prestige for Black men in their communities, the work demanded long hours for little pay.
Leading Black Voices | CBC Ottawa
On February 1, CBC Ottawa has launched Leading Black Voices, a digital conversation series highlighting and celebrating the everyday thought leaders who are at the forefront of discussions impacting their community, leading initiatives to move the dial from a grassroots level, to broad sweeping change within the Black community in the areas of Health and Wellness, STEM, Urban Planning, and inspiring Immigrant journeys.
Visit this page all month long, as we touch on an important theme each week inspiring us to reflect on the ways in which we can collectively celebrate Black History Month everyday.
Series of webinars for Black History Month | MacEwen University:
Meet the man who created Black History Month | CTV News
Carter G. Woodson, considered a pioneer in the study of African-American history, is given much of the credit for Black History Month. Curious as to why?
Sheridon Baptiste’s Let’s do our part one kind act at a time | Western Québec’s Anti-Racism Community Building Working Group
In his talk titled “Let’s do our part one kind act at a time”, three-time bobsleigh olympian Sheridon Baptiste shares what racism has looked like and continues to look like for him, as a highly successful Black man.
Baptiste attended Queen’s University in the late 80s, is a member of the Track & Field Hall of Fame, was a member of Canada’s national track team for many years, and is now the Healthy-Living Coordinator at the Odawa Native Friendship Centre here in Ottawa.
Learn & Participate: Decade for People of African Descent | United Nations
The UN recognizes that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected. Its theme for the International Decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.”
Black leaders and artists reflect on Black History Month | CTV News
CTV News asked some Black Canadian leaders and artists to offer their perspectives on both celebrating and contending with our country’s own Black history and the path forward in the years to come.
The untold story of ‘Auntie’ Annie Saunders in southern Alberta | Global News
The story of “Auntie” Annie Saunders is one of true grit and independence in the history of southern Alberta.
Learn more about each of these Black personalities, and the difference that they made, by clicking or tapping the links under their polaroids.