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Black History Month

In Canada, “Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.”

Black History Month Resources

1) The VSB Diversity Teacher, Renee Hock, has created a diversity toolkit that has some tools that teachers can use in their classroom to create lessons for Black History Month:

(To access the link, you will need to log in with your VSB email account information)

2) BCTF Black History Month resources

3) A guide for online resources for teaching about Black history in Canada.

4) BC Black History Awareness Society: “The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) celebrates the achievements of Black people in British Columbia by creating an awareness of the history of Blacks in B.C., stimulating interest in the contributions of persons of African ancestry to B.C. and Canada today, and celebrating historical and current achievements in the arts, education, government, sports, science etc.”

5)  Teaching Tolerance article with links to some great examples/additional resources.

Local Resource:

1) Black Strathcona-Profiles, the little-known black community that lived in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver from the late 1800s to approximately the 1960s. Click on the numbers on the map to screen the short films: http://blackstrathcona.com/

2) Black Lives Matter Vancouver: The Black Lives Matter Vancouver chapter is a cause that supports the organizing work of black folks and allies in undoing systemic racialized violence. Black Lives Matter is a cause cognizant of the ongoing struggles of all marginalized folks and strives to honour that in the work that they do. Visit https://blacklivesmattervancouver.com/ for more information.

Books and Videos:

1) Ta-Nehisi Coates on words that don’t belong to everyone | We Were Eight Years In Power Book Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO15S3WC9pg

2) So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo

3) Self-Awareness, Education& Professional Development:Me and White Supremacy–Workbook, by Layla F. Saad. Every white person should read/actively engage in this free and incredibly eye opening resource. Take the 28 day challenge. You will never be the same. Note: A free downloadable copy of this resource can be accessed at: https://www.meandwhitesupremacybook.com/