February is Black History Month. This month we will be focusing on recognizing the daily contributions that Black Canadians make to Canada, Black Excellence, and raising awareness of Black History in Canada.
This year, we are lucky to have a number of our PAC involved in supporting more resources in our school devoted specifically to Canadian content (new books for our library) and creating more awareness of Black contributions in our country (be sure to come see the bulletins and displays they will be making in our front hallway).
Here is a link to a recent video made by the Burnaby School District on Black Excellence (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I90yqNIQ5Ws) and a webpage which highlights some of the things going on around our district https://burnabyschools.ca/honouring-and-learning-about-black-history/
At Forest Grove, we believe that when students see themselves represented in the curriculum, the opportunity for learning allows all students to feel loved, seen, and cared for. We also believe that “Black History is not just for black people. Black history is Canadian history.” (Jean Augustine)
Throughout this month, classes will be participating in various activities from research projects, class discussions, and daily highlights of significant historical figures (https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month/black-canadians.html). We’ll be updating this website shortly to show some of the things we are doing.
Here are some of the things classes have been working on (check back soon):