Black History Month

During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today.

Resources to read or watch this month:

  • In 2020, Unilearnal created a video series where 28 Black Canadians each highlighted a different moment or figure in Black Canadian history to commemorate each day in Black History Month. The series can be viewed in its entirety here.‚Äč
  • Check out this Black History Month reading list from the Ottawa Public Library with suggestions for adult fiction, adult nonfiction, teens, and children. Once you find something you want to read this month, you can search the Pembroke Public Library's catalogue to see if it is available here. They have curbside pickup and even home delivery options available for patrons throughout the current lockdown. To place an order for a book, email or call (613) 732-8844 ext. 1.
  • CBC has a Black History Month collection of films currently streaming for free throughout February on CBC Gem that can be viewed here. CBC is also running several initiatives through their news coverage, sports coverage, music, comedy, and arts programming throughout the month which can be learned about here.
  • The National Film Board has put together a collection of films that can be viewed here for free. The collection covers a range of different film genres, topics, and ages.

"Now more than ever is the time to consider the realities of Canadian-Black communities. Explore our collection of films by distinguished Black filmmakers, creators, and allies. We’ve selected a group of NFB films that portray the multi-layered lives of Canada’s diverse Black communities. The incredible stories of strength, courage and perseverance in the face of adversity that these films present are not often found in mainstream history books. Black communities and cultures have been part of Canadian history from its earliest days, but sadly, their contributions and the lessons they can teach are rarely studied at the elementary or secondary level in schools." - The National Film Board

Events this month:

  • Algonquin College students: On February 1-5, join the entire Algonquin College community for Taking a Stand: Disrupting Black and Indigenous Racism. This week-long series of events and action will feature daily virtual sessions that learners, employees, and alumni are encouraged to attend. The events represent a diversity of voices and issues that focus on exploring race and racism, becoming actively anti-racist, and celebrating Black and Indigenous cultures. We will also be fundraising for student bursaries and awards that support Black and Indigenous learners. Find more info here.
  • Open to all: On February 8, the University of Toronto is hosting the 2021 Black History Symposium: Honoring the Diversity of Black Leaders and Agents of Change. Join this free symposium as it explores anti-Black racism activism in diverse spaces and the role of post-secondary environments in transforming anti-Black racism advocacy. Register or find out more here.