Black History Month activities for public school students in Burlington, Milton, Oakville

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February 1, 2023 at 10:38 am

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February is Black History Month and students in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills will have plenty of opportunities to appreciated the contributions of Black Canadians.

Schools in the Halton District School Board have planned initiatives to celebrate and honour the lives of Black Canadians, past and present.

This year’s theme is Ours to Tell. Centering and illuminating the diverse voices and lived experiences of Black Canadians provides students with a deeper understanding of their historical and contemporary experiences, contributions and triumphs, which is part of Canadian history.

“A continued engagement with history is vital as it aids in giving context to the present. Black History Month is an opportunity to understand Black histories shift from stories about racism and slavery to stories that spotlight Black achievement,” said Jennie Petko, Superintendent of Education for the HDSB.

“Black History Month affirms and celebrates Black identity in educational lessons and resources, as well as our collective duty to continue the learning and conversation beyond this month into everyday teaching moments within our schools and broader HDSB community.”

A variety of virtual and in-person events are taking place to celebrate and enhance learning for students, including:

Canadian author Yolanda Marshall returns to take Kindergarten and primary students on a literary adventure through storytelling.

The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) presents Legacy and Excellence of Black Muslims to students in Grades 7-12. This workshop offers a historical overview of the excellence, resilience and resistance of Black Muslim communities globally.

In collaboration with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH) and Film.ca, almost 400 students will have the opportunity to watch “Steadfast – The Messenger and The Message”, a documentary about the life of The Hon. Dr. Jean Augustine.

“Black History Month is a time to commemorate the important achievements and contributions of Black Canadians,” said Curtis Ennis, Director of Education for the HDSB.

“This period provides for reflection, appreciation and celebration of Black Canadians who have bravely shaped our society to be more inclusive while promoting the richness and important diversity they bring to make Canada a better and more fulfilling place to be for everyone.

“In fact, the month is more than just a time to recognize the greatness of Black Canadians. It is a time to think deeply about the sacrifices so many have made in the quest for equality and inclusion, not just in February but in all circumstances, all year long. Let us be reminded that Black history is Canadian history and lives beyond a single month.”

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