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Black History Month

In December 1995, the Parliament of Canada officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine, MP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, who at the time was Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons.

Canadian Black History Month Resources

1) BCTF Black History Month resources

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

3) 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.”

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

5)  Teacher’s Guide for Viola Desmond: Her Life and Times

Local Resources:

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:

2) Check your school library collection for further resources for teachers and students –

3) Teaching African Canadian History – Lesson plans about teaching African Canadian History   


1) The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

2) The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole

3)  Go Do Some Great Thing: The Black Pioneers of British Columbia by Crawford Kilian


1) Ta-Nehisi Coates on words that don’t belong to everyone | We Were Eight Years In Power Book Tour

2) National Film Board – Films of Canadian Black History  



Black Lives Matters – for American resources