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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, on 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.​

2021 Black History Month Poster

View Word document on this page for accessible textThe 2021 ETFO Black History Month Poster (artist Leone McComas) explores how the commonly used and accepted map of our world is not accurate and rooted in bias and colonialism.

It uses themes of space and geography to encourage students to think critically about the world around them. The use of Afrofuturism provides a glimpse into the limitless possibilities for young African Canadians.

As the Mae Jemison quote captures: “Never be limited by the limited imagination of others.”

For further information, please contact Matthew Sinclair at

Previous Years' Posters

  • 2020: A visual representation of a Toni Morrison quote (Artist-Jibola Fagbamiye) - Poster:  PDF | Word and Letter: PDF | Word 
  • 2019: A People Without the Knowledge of their History, Origin and Culture is Like a Tree Without Roots (Artist Ramon Charles) - Poster: PDF | Word and Letter: PDF | Word
  • 2018: 365 Days and Ways to Celebrate Remarkable Black Canadians - PDF | Word
  • 2017: Black Canadians: Order of Ontario Recipients 2003 to 2015  - PDF | Word
  • 2016: Canada's Diverse Athletes: Past and Present -  PDF | Word      
  • 2015: Black Canadian Children's Authors - PDF | Word
  • 2014: Black Canadian Women: A Legacy of Strength - PDF | Word
  • 2013: Lincoln Alexander - PDF | Word

Related Resources and Events

  • The Canadian Race Relations Foundation is committed to building a national framework for the fight against racism in Canadian society: to shed light on the causes and manifestations of racism; provide independent, outspoken national leadership; and act as a resource and facilitator in the pursuit of equity, fairness, and social justice.  
  • The Buxton National Historic Site and Museum celebrates the Underground Railroad and early Black settlement in Canada. 
  • An annotated guide to online resources on the history of Canada's Black community.
  • Harbourfront Centre presents Kuumba, An all ages festival celebrating Black History Month.
  • The Black History in Canada Education Guide is available as a free download.
  • A collection of online resources​ on the history of Canada's Black community.​​​​

Other Links of interest