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Black History Month

Black History Month


Every February is recognized as
Black History Month in Canada. It’s a time to celebrate Black culture and history and to applaud the achievements and significant contributions Black Canadians have made to build Canada and to make this country the diverse, welcoming and the strong nation it is today. Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in learning opportunities, festivities, and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

The 2020 theme for Black History Month is ‘Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past. This theme was inspired by the United Nations proclaiming the theme of the International Decade (2015-2024) to be ‘People of African descent: recognition, justice and development’. This was officially recognized in Canada in 2018. This resolution designates people of African descent as a distinct group, whose human rights must be promoted and protected.

In May 2018, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board formally adopted 2015-2024 as the Decade for People of African Descent and two of the commitments are:

  1. Reduce barriers to learning to improve equity of access and opportunity for students of African descent.
  2. Intentionally adopt practices to create a safe and caring learning environment that respects, promotes, and protects the human rights of children of African descent.

Beyond embedding Black History in our everyday curriculum, OCDSB schools are planning events throughout the month. There are also numerous community events that are taking place.

The OCDSB is committed to promoting equity and inclusion in every one of our schools and workplaces, and we believe that honouring and sharing the rich cultural diversity within all of our schools and communities will help to dispel harmful biases and enlighten our understanding of each other. We encourage every member of the OCDSB to take part in celebrating Black History in 2020. 

Poster


This year’s theme for Black History Month is ‘Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past’. The poster depicts the Sankofa bird with its feet forward and head turned backward to symbolize reflecting on the past to build a successful future.

Poster

 

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