ETT celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month! ETT recommends the following resources and events to promote Black History Month.

Check back for updates from now and throughout February.




  1. Black History Timelines (


  1. Welcome to Blackhurst: An Iconic Toronto Neighbourhood produced by Blackhurst Cultural Centre, formerly A Different Booklist Cultural Centre—The People’s Residence, features the stories of 30 people who lived, owned businesses or continue to call the area their home. Some of the trailblazers featured in this iconic coffee table book includes: civil rights activist Harry Gairey Sr., dentist and art curator Dr. Kenneth Montague, and award-winning jazz artist Molly Johnson, to name a few.
    *All proceeds from the sale of the iconic book will go directly to supporting the programs and operating costs of the Blackhurst Cultural Centre.


  1. Parents of Black Children Resources for Educators


  1. ETFO Resources for Black History Month


    1. The Black Canadian Calendar


    1. The Black History Month Posters


    1. The Canadian Encyclopedia—Collection: Black History in Canada


    1. The Black History in Canada Education Guide
      The purpose of this Guide is to enhance your students’ knowledge and appreciation of the Black Canadian experience, drawing from Lawrence Hill’s award-winning historical fiction, The Book of Negroes, the remarkable journey of Aminata Diallo and the historic British document known as the “Book of Negroes.” Structured around themes of journey, slavery, human rights, passage to Canada and contemporary culture, this Guide asks students to examine issues of identity, equality, community, and nation-building in both a historical and contemporary context.


  1. Ontario Black History Society


  1. Facing History & Ourselves—Facing Canada


    1. Black History Month Resources: Approaches, Identities, Histories, Legacies & Inclusion
      (Of note see Part 2: Exploring Black Identity and Voice & Black Joy)


  1. The Historica Canada Heritage Minutes related to Black History Month


  1. Black History Month Resource Guide for Educators and Families—Center for Racial Justice in Education




  • Black Resistance in Public Education
    The past few years have redefined what it means to reckon with our past, advocate for better in our present and expand the possibilities for our future. In 2020, the pandemic and summer uprising following attacks against Black people rapidly transformed our lives, exposed the injustices that the powerful few have unleashed since our founding, and opened up the possibility for a radical realignment in our politics in a pivotal election year.  Now, advocates have the opportunity to focus public attention on creating a country where everyone is safe and free, with a care system and economy that works for all of us, no exceptions. Join ETT as it hosts these crucially important day and evening events on February 21.
    Black authors read-along
    Panel discussion/Fireside Chat

    Watch the videos from this day’s events



  • Black History Month: an Afro-Indigenous Perspective
    Join us for a workshop facilitated by Joy Henderson on the intersections of Indigeneity and Blackness. What does it look like to create a classroom rooted in an anti-racist and anti-colonial practice? How might our pedagogical practices transform to disrupt harmful system norms? Join us for an evening of learning, reflection, and opportunities to grow. Details and registration.


  • Showing up for Each Other: Building Allyship around Anti-Black Racism, Homophobia, and Transphobia
    Join us for a workshop facilitated by Jordyn Samuels on how we can show up for each other, and build allyship around Anti-Black Racism, Homophobia, and Transphobia. The evening will include: a brief presentation on the relationship between Anti-Black Racism, Homophobia, and Transphobia, activities focused on how to use unfamiliar pronouns, and an open conversation around how religion and cultures inform our approach to how we engage with 2SLGBTQ+ students and the importance of supporting them. The session will conclude with tangible next steps on how we can support Black 2SLGBTQ+ students. Details and registration.



  • The Toronto Workers’ History Project invites you to attend an event to remember Jack White, Toronto civil rights and labour activist, for its 2023 Black History Month event. For more details and to register, click here.


  • UNDPAD – A National Conversation with Labour (February 16, 2023)
    The United Nations Decade for People of African Descent is coming to an end in 2024, how has labour moved the needle on anti-Black racism? Do we need more time?

    Please join us for an evening where we will hear from experts from both Labour and Community discussing how the first 8 years of the Decade for People of African Descent has progressed and consider where we need to focus going forward.

    RSVP today

  • Re/Viewing, Re/Visioning, and Re/Imagining Black Canada Symposium University of Toronto/York University are holding a two-day symposium highlighting the latest debates, research and theories informing Black Canadian history/studies. Sign up for one or both days for FREE.Day one registration Thursday, February 2, 2023. Day two registration Friday, February 3, 2023. Download the agenda
  • Ontario Black History Society Black History Month Kick-Off Brunch
    On Sunday, January 29, the Ontario Black History Society holds its 35th annual Black History Month Kick Off Brunch to recognize the histories and achievements of Black Canadians. ETT has 10 tickets available for ETT members to this event. (The first 10 members to register here will be granted a ticket).
    Brunch details
    January 29, 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Location: Exhibition Place, Liberty Grand, 25 British Columbia Road

    Draw is now closed.


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