About Black History Month 

In Canada, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in 1995. The motion was introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine. In February 2008, former Nova Scotia Senator Donald Oliver, introduced a motion to have the Senate officially declare February as Black History Month. The motion received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008. 

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Black History Month Podcast Episodes

Deirdre McCorkindale

Ever wondered about the history of Black History Month? Historian Deirdre McCorkindale, Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph, talks about the history behind the month, things to consider when teaching Black History, and why you should keep your lessons local. 

Popular Podagogy: Black History - Canada, History and How to Keep it Local

Rosalie Griffith

 Rosalie Griffith, (Con.Ed.’99) Secondary School Principal with the Toronto District School Board, joined us to talk about Black History month, available resources and why it is important to talk about race in the classroom. 

Black History Month Featuring Rosalie Griffith


The ETFO guides include Ontario curriculum expectations and Black history lesson plans for grades K-8. Natasha Henry, President of the Ontario Black History Society, served as the content editor. 

Black History Societies and Museums

Black Loyalist Heritage Center

From 1775-83, thousands of free or enslaved Africans fought for the British during the American Revolutionary War. Called Black Loyalists, they hoped to gain their freedom. In 1783, when the Treaty of Paris was signed, British forces fled to Europe, the West Indies, and Upper and Lower Canada. More than 3,000 free Blacks or former enslaved people settled in Nova Scotia. The Black Loyalist Heritage Center is located in Birchtown Bay. The site offers virtual tours.

Black Loyalist Heritage Center

Black History Ottawa

Black History Ottawa (BHO) is a registered Canadian charity whose mandate is to advance education by increasing public knowledge and appreciation and by researching the history, culture, traditions, and achievements of African Canadians. 

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Buxton National Museum

Buxton is one of Ontario's oldest Black Canadian communities. Formerly called The Elgin Settlement in 1849, it became known as North and South Buxton in 1872. The descendants of the original settlers remain in the area to this day. Virtual tours available

Buxton National Museum

Black Cultural Center for Nova Scotia

The Black Cultural Center for Nova Scotia is incorporated under Nova Scotia legislation, known as the Black Cultural Society act of 1977. The Centre is supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage, and through donations and membership. 

Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia

Amherstburg Freedom Museum

The Amherstburg Freedom Museum is located in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada. It is a non-profit, community-based museum that tells the story of African-Canadians' history and contributions. Founded in 1975 by residents of Amherstburg, it preserves, presents artifacts and tells the story of the African-Canadians' journey and contributions. They have a wealth of video resources.

Amherstburg Freedom Museum

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Toolkits for Educators