As we step into February, the vibrancy of Black History Month unfolds, inviting us to reflect on the profound contributions of Black Canadians that have woven into the tapestry of our nation’s history. To make this exploration even more engaging, we’ve handpicked a collection of accessible resources that promise that make exploring this rich heritage an enlightening experience.
Vancouver Public Library’s Black Authors Collection:
Immerse yourself in a curated list of fiction and non-fiction masterpieces penned by local Black authors, as recommended by the Vancouver Public Library. This resource serves as a gateway to diverse narratives, allowing us to glean insights into the unique experiences and perspectives within the Black community.
“28 Days of Activities for Black History Month” by we RISE together:
Discover a gem in the form of a resource guide by we RISE together in Toronto — “28 Days of Activities for Black History Month.” This isn’t just a compilation; it’s a treasure trove of ideas waiting to be explored. Each day in February presents an opportunity to engage, learn, celebrate, and embrace the richness of Black history and culture, deepening our connection to the stories that shape our nation.
CBC’s Annual Celebration:
Feel the pulse of CBC’s commitment to celebrating Black History Month through its annual diverse programming. While we eagerly await the unveiling of the 2024 list, the 2023 collection of podcasts, stories, films, and more stands as a captivating starting point to immerse ourselves in the compelling narratives of Black creators, storytellers, and changemakers.
Kayak’s Digital Edition – A Gateway to Understanding:
Journey into the digital realm with Kayak’s collaboration with Natasha Henry, presenting a beautifully illustrated edition of Canada’s History Magazine for Kids. This updated 2024 resource unfolds a tapestry of amazing stories and examples, illustrating how Black Canadians have not only built but shaped our country. Moreover, it introduces readers to the rich heritage of Canadians with Afro-Indigenous roots.
Fun fact: The symbols under KAYAK in the image to our left, spell Kayak in Inuktitut.
And for an extra dose of insight, check out Oscar Baker III’s captivating piece on Canada’s history, penned on November 15, 2023. In it, he delves into the intertwined stories of Black and Indigenous Canadians, shedding light on the shared heritage that spans continents and cultures. The stories of many Canadians wind back to families with Indigenous roots in both Africa and present-day Canada, adding another layer to the vibrant mosaic of our nation’s history.