February is Black History Month – a month to celebrate and honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. This year, the Canadian government has chosen to focus on Black Canadian Women: Stories of Strength, Courage and Vision. Their website is full of useful educational resources, including videos, information on historical figures and events in Black Canadian history, and this poem by acclaimed Canadian poet and playwright, George Elliott Clarke.
We also wanted to take this opportunity to share a #BlackLivesMatter animation created by students at Option II - an alternative school in Montreal's Saint-Michel neighbourhood. The animation is a great example of how young people can use digital media and storytelling to explore and engage with issues, and to tell their own stories in innovative ways.
If you're interested in learning more about Black history in Canada, find out if there are any events happening near you! If you're in the Montreal area, you can check out Mois de l'histoire des Noirs for events and activities. CBC has also curated reading lists for Black History Month, which you can find here and here, and Reading Rockets has a ton of great resources for children and young people.