Black History Month - February
It was the Canadian Negro Women’s Association that introduced the celebration of Black History Month to Toronto in the 1950’s. This black Canadian community initiative was adopted by the Ontario government in 1979, thanks to its championing by the Ontario Black History Society. In 1995, the House of Commons declared a national Black History Month, which went into effect in 1996.
Black History Month exists to remind us all of the rich contributions within our society from people of African and Caribbean decent, and of their ongoing struggle for equity and social justice. Teachers have the opportunity to engage their students, not only during this month but throughout the school year and recognizing the strengths and resiliency of communities that historically have been marginalized, as well examining issues of racism and the impact of discrimination on these communities.
ETFO Poster for Black History Month 2017Black Canadians: Order of Ontario Recipients 2003 to 2015
In recognition of Black History Month, ETFO has created a poster for display in schools as a resource for students celebrating 12 Black individuals who received the Order of Ontario.Since 1987, approximately 700 outstanding individuals have been inducted into the Order of Ontario. In recognition of Black History Month, ETFO celebrates 12 Black individuals from early 2000 to the present who have contributed and influenced the lives of others through their activism, volunteerism and humanitarianism.
We celebrate: Madeline Edwards, Order of Ontario 2015Community advocate and founding member of the Congress of Black Women of Mississauga and Area Chapter
June Girvan, Order of Ontario 2015Advocate for children, youth and immigrants (Founder of the J'Nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre in Ottawa)Mary Anne Chambers, Order of Ontario 2014Former Senior Vice-President of the Bank of Nova Scotia; Member of the Legislative Assembly of OntarioJoseph Halstead, Order of Ontario 2014Former senior municipal and provincial official and community leader; former Chair of Ontario Place Corporation; a founding member of the Toronto Raptor's Foundation Hon. George E. Carter, Order of Ontario 2013One of Canada's first Black lawyers and the first Canadian-born Black judge; instrumental in the development of Legal Aid in Ontario Alvin Curling, Order of Ontario 2013Former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario; past Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican RepublicUcal Powell, Order of Ontario 2011Former head of Ontario Carpenters Union; built a world-class apprenticeship program Howard McCurdy, Order of Ontario 2011First African-Canadian Member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party; scientist and civil rights activist; co-founder and first Chair of the National Black Coalition of Canada Lillie Johnson, Order of Ontario 2010First Black director of public health whose decades-long advocacy led to sickle cell disease being included in universal newborn screeningWilma Morrison, Order of Ontario 2010Educator, historian and lifelong champion of Black Canadian history; founded the Niagara Black History AssociationOvid Jackson, Order of Ontario 2009Retired teacher and politician who has made it life's work to address the needs of young people, newcomers and people with disabilitiesDr. Avis Glaze, Order of Ontario 2003Former Director of Education of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board; distinguished teacher, administrator and innovative leader in the field of education
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