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.

  • 2016
  • 13-14
  • 32 Titles

Included in this collection

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' ...
  • 2000
  • 00:12:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

News in Review - October 2001 Racism: Then and Now

This report examines the UN conference on racism and xenophobia, held in Durban, South Africa, that was marred by controversy and discord over such issues as reparations for slavery and the wording of a conference statement accusing Israel of apartheid-like behaviour. Bringing the issue closer to home, we also examine the black experience in Nova Scotia and recent calls there ...
  • 2001
  • 00:13:13
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/15/2001

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Teacher Guide(s)

  • Racism: Then and Now

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.
  • 2000
  • 00:54:30
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/03/2014

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 ...
  • 2005
  • 00:54:30
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/03/2014

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.
  • 2015
  • 00:43:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/16/2015

Teacher Guide(s)

  • The Book of Negroes Teacher Resource Guide

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.
  • 2002
  • 00:53:49
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/03/2014

The National The inspiring journeys of three Canadian teenagers

The National shares the inspiring journeys of three Canadian teenagers who have all experienced hardship, but are using their challenges to bring about change in their communities.
  • 2018
  • 00:09:51
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/11/2018

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

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 ...
  • 2007
  • 00:45:17
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013