Celebrating Black History Month

February is Black History Month in Canada, which provides an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of black Canadians and reflect on the stories, experiences and accomplishments of Canada's black community. To mark this occasion, Curio.ca has pulled together a selection of teacher resource guides, videos and audio series that honour black history in Canada. These resources are intended to complement teachers’ Black History Month activities and initiatives.

In particular, we wish to highlight the Burgundy Jazz Teacher Resource Guide, a must-read resource aimed at educators at the elementary (Grades 6-8) and secondary school levels. It is designed to link to a variety of subject fields, including Arts Education (Music), Social Sciences (Geography and History) and Language Arts, while leveraging Media Education/Media Literacy, critical thinking and Citizenship Education.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 20 Titles
Black Star Square (Part 1a of 3)
  • 2007
  • 00:34:24
  • 15-17

Ideas
Black Star Square (Part 1a of 3)

Part 1a of 3. On March 6, 1957, the Gold Coast became Ghana, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to emerge from colonialism, and the first ripple in a great wave of independence that swept Africa. Ideas producer Dave Redel lived in Ghana, and on the 50th anniversary of independence he returns to see what has happened, and what it means for ...
  • Added on: 02/03/2014
Black Star Square (Part 1b of 3)
  • 2007
  • 00:19:05
  • 15-17

Ideas
Black Star Square (Part 1b of 3)

Part 1b of 3. On March 6, 1957, the Gold Coast became Ghana, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to emerge from colonialism, and the first ripple in a great wave of independence that swept Africa. Ideas producer Dave Redel lived in Ghana, and on the 50th anniversary of independence he returns to see what has happened, and what it means for ...
  • Added on: 02/03/2014
Black Star Square (Part 2 of 3)
  • 2007
  • 00:54:28
  • 15-17

Ideas
Black Star Square (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2 of 3. On March 6, 1957, the Gold Coast became Ghana, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to emerge from colonialism, and the first ripple in a great wave of independence that swept Africa. Ideas producer Dave Redel lived in Ghana, and on the 50th anniversary of independence he returns to see what has happened, and what it means for ...
  • Added on: 02/03/2014
Black Star Square (Part 3 of 3)
  • 2007
  • 00:54:00
  • 15-17

Ideas
Black Star Square (Part 3 of 3)

Part 3 of 3. On March 6, 1957, the Gold Coast became Ghana, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to emerge from colonialism, and the first ripple in a great wave of independence that swept Africa. Ideas producer Dave Redel lived in Ghana, and on the 50th anniversary of independence he returns to see what has happened, and what it means for ...
  • Added on: 02/03/2014
Honouring Lincoln Alexander
  • 2013
  • 00:03:04
  • 9-12

CBC News Now
Honouring Lincoln Alexander

The CBC's Asha Tomlinson visits Lord Dufferin Public School, which as part of Black History Month is remembering and honouring Lincoln Alexander — Canada's first black Member of Parliament, the country’s first black federal cabinet minister and Ontario's first black Lieutenant Governor. This story also features Dr. George Elliott Clarke, a professor and writer from Toronto, who discusses the many ...
  • Added on: 01/30/2014
Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela
  • 2004
  • 01:42:40
  • 13-14

Life and Times
Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela

Madiba: The Life and Times of Nelson Mandela reveals a story unknown to the world beyond his inner circle. Mandela talks of his love of children, how apartheid affected him and facing the death sentence. How he survived prison, won over his enemies, and overcame prejudice. He also speaks about the pain of his marriage to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with whom he ...
  • Added on: 08/27/2014
Only in Canada: Rocky Jones
  • 2013
  • 00:02:30
  • 13-14

The National
Only in Canada: Rocky Jones

The National's popular Only in Canada segment puts the spotlight on Burnley Allan "Rocky" Jones, a man remembered for his unflinching dedication to civil and human rights in Nova Scotia. Considered a revolutionary by some, Jones had connections with the Black Panther Party and was a founding member of the Black United Front in Nova Scotia. A prominent Halifax lawyer, he was ...
  • Added on: 01/30/2014
Prairie Dream
  • 2000
  • 00:12:07
  • 13-14

The National
Prairie Dream

The Canadian Prairies at the beginning of the 1900s were bustling with the anticipation of new settlers, and hundreds of newly freed slaves in Oklahoma joined the migration. They came to this country expecting freedom to pursue a life of happiness. They built lives, homes and communities, but they also found discrimination. Lee Williams, as chairman of the railway porters' ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013
Standing for Africa: The Ideas of Chinua Achebe
  • 2000
  • 00:54:30
  • 15-17

Ideas
Standing for Africa: The Ideas of Chinua Achebe

In 1958, the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe published one of the first African novels to become an international bestseller in English. His work tells the story of the colonial experience from the perspective of the colonized. He discusses his ideas with CBC producer Sheyfali Saujani.
  • Added on: 02/03/2014
The Black Jacobin (Part 1 of 3)
  • 2005
  • 00:54:30
  • 15-17

Ideas
The Black Jacobin (Part 1 of 3)

Novelist, historian, Marxist thinker and pre-eminent figure of the African and Caribbean nationalist movements, C.L.R. James was one of the great minds of the 20th century. David Austin profiles the man who wrote The Black Jacobins, the classic history of the only successful slave revolt in history: the Haitian Revolution, which presaged and influenced the African liberation movements. Part one of ...
  • Added on: 02/03/2014
The Black Jacobin (Part 2 of 3)
  • 2005
  • 00:54:25
  • 15-17

Ideas
The Black Jacobin (Part 2 of 3)

In the second of three parts, Ideas profiles novelist, historian, Marxist thinker and pre-eminent figure of the African and Caribbean nationalist movements C.L.R. James. He was one of the great minds of the 20th century. David Austin profiles the man who wrote The Black Jacobins, the classic history of the only successful slave revolt in history: the Haitian Revolution, which presaged and influenced ...
  • Added on: 02/03/2014
The Black Jacobin (Part 3 of 3)
  • 2005
  • 00:54:28
  • 15-17

Ideas
The Black Jacobin (Part 3 of 3)

In the last of three parts, Ideas profiles novelist, historian, Marxist thinker and pre-eminent figure of the African and Caribbean nationalist movements C.L.R. James. He was one of the great minds of the 20th century. David Austin profiles the man who wrote The Black Jacobins, the classic history of the only successful slave revolt in history: the Haitian Revolution, which presaged and influenced ...
  • Added on: 02/03/2014
The Book of Negroes, Episode 1
  • 2015
  • 00:43:52
  • 13-14

The Book of Negroes
The Book of Negroes, Episode 1

Stolen from Africa, 11-year old Aminata Diallo is enslaved and forced to endure a treacherous journey to America.
  • Added on: 01/16/2015
The Book of Negroes, Episode 2
  • 2015
  • 00:43:56
  • 13-14

The Book of Negroes
The Book of Negroes, Episode 2

Aminata, forced to deflect the affections of the two men who own her, adjusts to plantation life in the Carolinas.
  • Added on: 01/16/2015
The Book of Negroes, Episode 3
  • 2015
  • 00:43:54
  • 13-14

The Book of Negroes
The Book of Negroes, Episode 3

When Revolution breaks out in New York, Aminata seizes her chance and escapes to freedom in the haven of Canvas Town.
  • Added on: 02/04/2015
The Book of Negroes, Episode 4
  • 2015
  • 00:43:56
  • 13-14

The Book of Negroes
The Book of Negroes, Episode 4

After British defeat, Aminata registers Black Loyalists in The Book Of Negroes for an escape to freedom in Nova Scotia.
  • Added on: 02/04/2015
The Book of Negroes, Episode 5
  • 2015
  • 00:43:53
  • 13-14

The Book of Negroes
The Book of Negroes, Episode 5

​As racial tensions boil in barren and destitute Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Aminata organizes a final journey back to Africa.
  • Added on: 02/05/2015
The Book of Negroes, Episode 6
  • 2015
  • 00:43:54
  • 13-14

The Book of Negroes
The Book of Negroes, Episode 6

Upon their arrival in Africa, Aminata leaves the Loyalists behind to find her way back to her home village of Bayo.
  • Added on: 02/11/2015
The Ideas of Toni Morrison
  • 2002
  • 00:53:49
  • 15-17

Ideas
The Ideas of Toni Morrison

In a rare personal interview, Nobel Prize-winner Toni Morrison talks candidly about her life as an African-American writer with Ideas producer Marilyn Powell.
  • Added on: 02/03/2014
The McCurdy Birthright
  • 2007
  • 00:45:17
  • 13-14

Generations
The McCurdy Birthright

In the 1980s, Howard McCurdy was a feisty Member of Parliament from Windsor, the first black NDP MP and the only black person in the House of Commons at the time. He became known for his interest in civil rights, for people of all races and colours. It's a passion he inherited from many McCurdys before him. The McCurdys settled in ...
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

Guides

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide