Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
“People of African descent have been a part of shaping Canada’s heritage and identity since the arrival of Mathieu Da Costa, a navigator and interpreter, whose presence in Canada dates back to the early 1600s.
“The role of Blacks in Canada has not always been viewed as a key feature in Canada’s historic landscape. There is little mention that some of the Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution and settled in the Maritimes were Blacks, or of the many sacrifices made in wartime by Black Canadian soldiers as far back as the War of 1812.
“Few Canadians are aware of the fact that African people were once enslaved in the territory that is now Canada, or of how those who fought enslavement helped to lay the foundation of Canada’s diverse and inclusive society.
“Black History Month (February) is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country.”
–from “Black History Month“, Government of Canada website
Please note that through much of history, the treatment towards black Canadians and those of African descent (as well as of other cultures) is a dark stain in history. Learning about black history is not always an easy or pleasant topic, so we recommend using discretion with your family as you learn.
Web-Linking Library Resources:
- Government of Canada – Canadian Heritage: Black History Month
- Five(ish) Minute Drum Lesson (YouTube) – African Drumming: The Djembe & The Fanga
- Five(ish) Minute Dance Lesson (YouTube) – African Dance: Lesson 1-3
- 100 Influential Photos – Photography became a mainstream way to share information and the results at times have been shocking enough to rock the world. This is a list of 100 of the most influential photos in media, many of them on the topic of black history.
- To Be A Drum – The myth of the origins of the drum and the importance of drums in African culture. Video and activity guide.
- CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS OF BLACK ARTISTS – EdicationCloset Resources
- Sojourner Truth | African American Abolitionist and Women’s Rights Activist – A short biographical video
- Historica Canada: Black History
- Library and Archives Canada – Black History
- CBC News – 23 Historical Black Canadians You Should Know