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Do you know all the women on the new Periodic Table of Canadian Women’s History?

When Isabela Ozamiz, the software developer behind the digital Periodic Table of Canadian Black History, realized International Women’s Day was coming, she hopped on a Zoom call with her girlfriends for some group research, laughs, and learning. With Nicholas Simard again donating translation services, you can learn about Angela James (the first Black woman and …

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So. Many. Good. Books. Why. Read. Seuss?

As Black History Month winds down, we are taking a pause to focus on lesser-known books about and by Black Canadians. We are reminded that the Black Canadian community represents a diversity of experiences and origins. It underestimates the depth and breadth of the influence on Canadian society exerted by Black Canadians to not examine …

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Why We Should Celebrate Black Authors During Black History Month

What do last night’s Academy Awards and Black authors have in common? You may recall a tweet by Stephen King in January in which he claimed, “…I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.” For King, “those judging creative excellence should …

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Is Your School Ready for Black History Month?

Welcome to Black History Month! Black History Month was first formally recognized in Canada in 1995 when the Honourable Jean Augustine, first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, introduced a motion that recognized February as Black History Month (BHM). It was passed unanimously in the House of Commons. BHM celebrates the rich and varied contributions …

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Do You Know the Dos and Don’ts of Planning for Black History Month?

Black History Month is soon approaching. As parents, we want to ensure that educators are intentional and purposeful in their approach to celebrating Black History. We thought we would share some dos and don’ts to keep in mind when planning for Black History Month so parents can understand what a positive educational experience should look …

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How Blackface can be a teachable moment…in the Classroom and at Home

When Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) stepped into an elevator in 1955 on his way to a meeting with his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, he encountered Annie Williams, the elevator operator. She was “an elegant, and petite woman who wore white gloves and a secret smile”.[1] Ms. Williams would later serve as the inspiration behind …

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Who Said there are No Resources for Teaching Black History?

February is Black History Month. Last year, the Government of Canada officially recognized the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, which is being observed from 2015-2024. As a student, I rarely learned about black history. I recall the rare occasions that black people were presented in learning materials, what my high school …

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