February is Black History Month

Category: District

Delta School District is proud to celebrate Black History Month. This year’s theme is February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day. The Learning Services team has curated the following resources to help our staff, students and families celebrate, honour, explore and learn about Black History over the next few weeks and beyond.

Here is a fabulous list of resources, all linked to websites, curated by the Ninandotoo Society and the Burnaby School District.

Last year, Devon Gardens Elementary shared a display of learners’ thinking around Notable Black Canadians via Twitter. Thank you, Devon Gardens! In the same theme, here is a Choice Board some educators back East put together that @VittaGreen shared over Twitter featuring Notable Black Canadians, films, and other resources you might find useful.

The British Columbia Black History Society (BCBHAS) creates awareness of the history of Blacks in B.C., and celebrates historical and current achievements in arts, education, government, sports, science and more.

A Periodic Table of Canadian Black History made by some teachers in Ottawa. The squares link to the Canadian Encyclopedia which is known for its Black Canadian authorship of these topics. You may also notice the way they have organized the table which honours the intersectionality of the many ways in which people identify.

If you’d like to learn about Hogan’s Alley, which was historically home to Vancouver’s Black population, check out the Hogan’s Alley Society website or this film about the history of “this hotbed of historic jazz (that) was nearly forgotten by time and erased by urban renewal.”

The Canadian Olympic School Program has created resources that profile Black Canadian Olympic athletes. Each lesson includes reading materials and activities designed to support students in learning outcomes relating to goal setting, overcoming challenges and understanding stereotypes.

Activism: Whenever we look at history, we look at it from our present context. In that theme, you might be interested to check out the Vancouver Chapter of #blacklivesmatter.

Hot Docs has free online documentaries in three categories: Black Activism in Sport, Being Black in Canada, and Black Canadian History: Docs For Schools Today

REEL Canada’s national webcast for gr. 6-8. BLACK HISTORY MONTH – LIVESTREAM This national webcast will showcase a variety of Canadian short films focused on Black stories and perspectives on the theme of anti-racism. The livestream will feature an insightful conversation with an award-winning filmmaker, and questions from students across the country. Best of all, it’s free of charge. Check out this flyer for more details.