Celebrating Black History Month and Black Excellence Beyond February

During the month of February, our school is proud to honour and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians, both past and present, as we pay tribute to the diverse backgrounds, experiences, cultures and histories of Black individuals and communities. 


Black Canadians have played an important role in shaping our nation’s heritage and identity, however Black History has not always been celebrated or adequately acknowledged. 

  • In December 1995, the House of Commons unanimously adopted a motion to officially recognize February as Black History Month in Canada. The motion was moved by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament. 
  • In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first black man appointed to the Senate, introduced a Motion to Recognize the Contributions of Black Canadians and February as Black History Month.  The motion carried unanimously. 

Black Excellence Beyond February

While the month of February offers an opportunity for intentional focus on the histories and robust contributions of Black Canadians, we know that our commitment to centering Black excellence must extend beyond February. We also know that denouncing and dismantling anti-Black racism in our classrooms and across our community is our moral and legal obligation, and essential to ensuring our schools and workplaces are free of discrimination and harassment. 

The Halton Catholic District School Board is committed to Human Rights and Equity and we undertake this commitment in a variety of ways, including shared leadership, professional learning, inclusive curriculum/assessment practices, and responding to discrimination and harassment. Through our Human Rights and Equity office, our Board has implemented a protocol that specifically outlines how we will disrupt incidents of racism and discrimination in our HCDSB schools. The protocol is posted on our Board website: Racism & Discrimination: Responding with Faith, Hope & Love.  

While we have made some progress, our work is not done. We must be proactive and accountable to Black students, families and staff as we continue to denounce racism and centre Black excellence to create safe, welcoming and inclusive schools.

Black History Month Resources

The Learning Resource Centre at HCDSB offers a variety of educational material, including eBooks, videos, articles, websites, as well as a Black History Month topic guide. Visit the Learning Resource Centre online for details!

System-Wide Events

Throughout the year, a number of virtual events and learning opportunities are planned in Halton and across our schools in partnership with HCDSB and various community partners. Visit our HCDSB website to learn more about system-wide events. 

School Initiatives, Events and Activities in Recognition of Black History Month

Anti-Racist VideoFebruary 1Created by students in Mrs. Martin’s Sports Leadership Course.  Will be shared via Morning Announcements and available on our school website by clicking Morning Announcements for February 1.Entire School Community will view
Black History Month Cooking ClassFebruary 1 @ 6:00 pm   Tickets are free and it is an online eventSheridan College Student Union https://www.thessu.ca/ssu-events/black-history-month-cooking-class-feb-2022Entire school community   Q2 cooking classes
Oakville’s Black HistoryFebruary 15 @ 7:00 pm Free eventOakville Public Library https://attend.opl.on.ca/event/6091485Entire school Community
Black History Prayer ServiceFebruary 18Equity & Inclusivity ClubEntire school community
Who in Black History Thursday(Feb. 3, 10, 17,24)Student CouncilEntire school community
Where in the World Wednesday – pick countries in Africa(Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23)Equity & Inclusivity ClubEntire school community
Weekly Announcements Recognizing Black ExcellenceEvery Friday (Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25)Equity & Inclusivity Club  Entire school community
Play music in the morning from black artists (explain who the artists are, genre, where it originated from)(Feb. 7, 14, 21 ,28)Student Council / Equity & Inclusivity ClubEntire school community
Spotlight on Black LGBTQ+ prominent figuresTBDBE YOU LOVE YOU ClubEntire school community
“Imagining Future” Black History Month Kickoff celebrationFeb 2 @ 7pm-8:30 pmCanadian Caribbean Association of HaltonEntire school community
Virtual Author Visit Lawrence HillFeb 10 @ 10:30 amMilton Public Library, HCDSB, CCAHEntire school community
Oakville Early Black History installation (poster display)Month of FebruaryCanadian Caribbean Association of Halton https://www.ccah.ca/bhm2022.html
Entire school community – on display in atrium
Lives of Black SaintsMonth of FebruaryDisplay on Second Floor near Chapel by the Religion department at CCCSSEntire school community – on display near chapel
Researching contributions of Black Scientists/InventorsMonth of February and beyondWill be determined by Science dept which grade would be best suited to this activityScience classes
Significant Black Canadians in HistoryMonth of FebruaryGrade 10 History classes will do an activity on significant Black Canadians in history using primary sourcesHistory classes – grade 10
12 Bar BluesMonth of FebruaryMusic classes will be learning about the 12-Bar Blues genre of music.Music classes
Culturally Relevant and Responsive Literature CirclesOngoingOngoing literature circles with a focus on CRRPEnglish department
Interactive Display and Social Media AwarenessMonth of February and ongoingBlack History Month interactive display highlighting Black authors on social media and in our Library space.Library
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