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 Secret Life of Canada The Secret Life of the Province of Jamaica

How did different groups of black men and women successfully work together towards labour activism and human rights in Canada? This episode we take a look at early Caribbean migration to Canada and reveal which islands could have become Canadian provinces. We also dive into the history of Black railway porters and how they and their wives made Winnipeg a ...
  • 2019
  • 00:50:07
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

Firsthand The Skin We're In

Urgent, controversial and undeniably honest, The Skin We’re In is a wake-up call to complacent Canadians. Racism is here. It is everywhere. It is us and we are it. Following celebrated journalist Desmond Cole as he researches his hotly anticipated book, this documentary from acclaimed director Charles Officer pulls back the curtain on racism in Canada.
  • 2017
  • 00:44:09
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/11/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

  • The Skin We're In teacher guide

Breakaway Uncovering the history of slavery in Canada

Uncovering some hard truths about Canada's history of slavery. George Tombs is the translator of Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage, originally written by Marcel Trudel in 1960. It was one of the first history books to map out who used slaves, and painted a picture of who those slaves were. Tombs joins host Saroja Coelho to explain how ...
  • 2018
  • 00:13:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/03/2019

The National ViewPoint | Why it's time for Black History Month to go

Writer Bee Quammie delves into Black History Month in Canada: "There is no benefit to treating black history like something that goes stale by March 1st, because Black Canadian history is Canadian history."
  • 2017
  • 00:02:52
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 10/17/2017

CANAdooDAday Viola Desmond

The story of one of Canada’s most famous civil rights icons, and the soon-to-be- face of the $10 bill is told.
  • 2017
  • 00:03:20
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 10/11/2017

Teacher Guide(s)

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

CBC Short Docs Walk Good

In this stirring portrait, a grieving mother reconciles her life after each of her three children is murdered in three separate and unrelated shootings. As a single mother, Carol Roache understood the myriad of complex and deadly struggles that black youth face each day, and she carefully prepared her children for the world that awaited them. She raised them to ...
  • 2016
  • 00:12:02
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 08/03/2017

The National Who Do We Think We Are?

The face of Canada is changing rapidly. One in three Canadians will belong to a visible minority by 2031, according to Stats Can. Once largely a nation of staid rural folk, today much of our population lives in competitive, fast-paced urban centres. And our economy, like all those of developed countries, is on the brink of a major green shift. ...
  • 2010
  • 00:53:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

London Morning Young and black in London

Oakridge Secondary School student Fazia Agbonhin and Western University student Elija Ngoy tell London Morning about their experiences growing up in London and what Black History Month means to them.
  • 2019
  • 00:09:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/03/2019