ETFO's 2018 Black History Month poster. See below for details and to download a copy.
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.
This year’s ETFO Black History Month poster (PDF |
Word) is part of a larger resource created by educators for educators. We have highlighted a Black Canadian for each month of the year. The poster, in combination with the
365 Black Canadian Curriculum and the
Black Canadian Calendar, will provide educators and students with a visual touchstone to embed the voices of those who have been marginalized or silenced.
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