February is Black History Month in Canada and is an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture, and achievements of Black Canadians, past and present. Below are resources for teachers and students with a uniquely Canadian perspective.
Library and Archives Canada has compiled a list of resources and documents pertaining to Black history in Canada including online resources, newspaper articles and links to maps and museums.
The Canadian Encyclopedia has a vast collection of information regarding Black history in Canada, including biographies of notable people in the arts, sports and civil rights movement. It also includes articles, teachers’ guides and quizzes for use in the classroom. The encyclopedia contains an impressive interactive timeline spanning centuries, from 1600 to the present day.
Historica Canada has created a Black History Guide for intermediate and secondary students based around The Book of Negros by Lawrence Hill. It contains the history and timelines of the Black experience in Canada starting in the 1600s.
Curio, the educational streaming service from the CBC, is a great site to access resources for Black History month, including a concise and informative video about civil rights activist and businesswoman, Viola Desmond. Other valuable resources can be found in Curio by searching “Black history”.
Please contact your library staff for passwords and suggestions for additional books and resources.
The LRC has created a bookshelf for Black History Month featuring online picture books, fiction, and non-fiction titles for different reading levels. There are many more excellent titles in the Sora app that users can access by searching “Black history.”