February is Black History Month

While the contributions from members of the Black community should be celebrated throughout the year, Black History Month is a special time to recognize and remember all the ways that Black Canadians have contributed to Canada’s history and culture. People of African descent have been a part of shaping Canada’s heritage and identity since the early 1600s.

Black History Month is a time for us to learn more about these Canadian stories and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of our country.

Many educators will be incorporating Black history into their classroom lessons in order to build on the work that they are already doing. Parents and caregivers can also be involved by getting the conversation started in their homes. Here are some great resources to guide discussion about notable Black Canadians who have shaped our history, as well as storybooks featuring Black characters that entertain, inform and foster a sense of pride.