Black History Month Celebrated at Oakville’s Schools

Halton Distict schools have events, initiatives planned for February 2015

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Black History Month Celebrated at Oakville’s Schools
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In recognition of February’s Black History Month, schools in the Halton District School Board have planned events and initiatives to celebrate and honour the contributions of black Canadians, past and present.

“In the Halton District School Board, Black History Month is more than events and showcases, it reflects the integrated learning of our students understanding of the struggles and successes of the Black Diaspora from the past and present,” said Yaw Obeng, Superintendent of Education with the Halton District School Board. “We recognize the month as an opportunity to initiate aspects of Canadian history throughout the entire year that includes the contributions of people of African descent. Our goal should be that, someday, we have Canadian history presented in an inclusive manner in which there is no need for a special month.”

Some of the events include:

  • Forest Trail Public School is hosting an African drum and dance performance by ijo vudu on Tuesday, February 3, 2015, and will also be playing different genres of music that celebrates and recognizes black musicians at morning entry on the PA system.
  • Captain R. Wilson Public School is hosting for Grade 3-4 students Sugar and Gold – The Story of the Underground Railroad in Canada on Tuesday, February 10. It’s a 50-minute lively, interactive performance that includes songs, slides, and storytelling to tell the exciting history of the underground railroad and the story of the first black settlers in Canada.

 

Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present. Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. During Black History Month Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history.

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