Black History Month ONCORE Resources

Every February, people in Canada are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. Here is a wonderful selection of ON-CORE videos that will help students learn about Black people and the contributions they have made and continue to make to all sectors of society well before this country was even called Canada.

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Sandie Rinaldo speaks to the son and grandson of George Dixon, who served with pride in the “Black Battalion“, the largest Black military unit in Canadian history. These soldiers of the segregated Number 2 Construction Battalion were subjected to hate and racism, deprived of services, care and respect, for which the government apologized in 2022.

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On November 8, 1946, black Halifax business owner Viola Desmond made a stand against racial segregation in Canada by refusing to leave the whites-only section of a New Glasgow, N.S. movie theatre. She took her appeal to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court and became an iconic figure of Canada’s civil rights movement.

Viola Desmond’s Courageous Stand Against Racial Segregation: GeoMinute Series

La courageuse lutte de Viola Desmond contre la ségrégation raciale: Série GéoMinute

Since 1973, the National Brotherhood of Skiers has overcome barriers by bringing soul and smiles to the mountain. Formed during the height of the black power movement, the organization is dedicated to creating a welcoming space for people of colour on the slopes and supporting black youth in snowsports.

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The Little Black Girl is having a hard day at school. She’s not able to pronounce the days of the week in French, and her predominantly white classmates are enjoying themselves at her expense. And then she sees it, falling outside the classroom window – SNOW.

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Cool Black North explores the unique and vibrant Canadian Black Community and its role in our country’s contemporary identity. Through a series of intimate profiles, we are witness to a wide spectrum of life experiences, including the arts, entertainment, law, business, science and social activism.

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Examines the lifelong work of a pioneering civil rights activist and organizer, Jack O’Dell, who was at one time a close colleague of Martin Luther King, Jr. In the film, he passionately addresses the problems of systemic racism and inequality in North America. Jack O’Dell passed away in 2019.

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SOUL ON ICE is the rarely-told story of black players in hockey, a sport often seen as whiter than the ice it’s played upon.

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In Africville, its troubled past and the turbulent present dynamically coalesce to spotlight a community that has remained strong and resilient in the face of overwhelming racism and injustice.

Africville: re:LOCATION: How Uprooted Communities Fight to Survive Series

Africville: ré:INSTALLATION – Voici comment les collectivités déracinées luttent pour survivre