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. 

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

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

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

Black History Month – Montréal

The Round Table on Black History Month is a non-profit organization that promotes activities highlighting both the history and the contemporary situation of Black communities in Quebec.

Black History Month – Montréal

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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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

British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS)

The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) celebrates the historical and contemporary achievements and contributions of Black communities in British Columbia by creating an awareness of their history in this province, and stimulating interest in their stories. This website offers a rich learning centre with resources, articles, reports, and videos for everyone including educators, parents, students, families, and researchers.

British Columbia Black History Awareness Society

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

Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History

Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History (formerly Uncle Tom’s Cabin) is built on the site of the original property purchased in 1841 by abolitionist Josiah Henson and his supporters to establish a refuge for the many fugitives from slavery in the United States. It consists of an interpretive centre, three historic buildings, two cemeteries and numerous artifacts that were preserved as a legacy to these early pioneers.

Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History

New Brunswick Black History Society

The New Brunswick Black History Society is dedicated to the research, analysis, documentation and preservation of New Brunswick's Black History. The NBBHS gathers information concerning New Brunswick's Black residents, past and present, promotes awareness of New Brunswick's Black history, encourages the Black community and the general public to work together and works towards increasing the presence of Black History in New Brunswick's educational system.

New Brunswick History Society

Ontario Black History Society

The Ontario Black History Society is a non-profit registered Canadian charity dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of Black history and heritage.

Ontario Black History Society

The Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Inc. (SACHM)

SACHM is a provincial organization whose primary purpose is to celebrate, explore, research, document and preserve the history, heritage and contributions of people of African ancestry.

The Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Inc. (SACHM)

Government Resources 

Toolkits for Educators 






Intermediate-Senior Resources 

  • Doing the Right Thing Teacher's Guide -  a federally-funded curriculum resource designed to help students think deeply about things that we all experience as Canadians, and introduces complex issues around recognizing our past mistakes and trying, or not, to make up for them – as individuals, as communities, and as Canadians. There is both a Teacher's Guide and a Student Guide available and it is put together by the Candian Race Relations Foundation.
  • Black History Education Guide from Historica Canada - Structured around themes of journey, slavery, human rights, passage to Canada, and contemporary culture, this guide asks students to examine issues of identity, equality, community, and nation-building in both a historical and contemporary context.
  • Black History Matters - A collection of four teacher guides for Black History Month. Students will learn to think critically about social justice in our society and be encouraged to become agents of positive change. This resource is suitable for grades 6-10.

Other Resources