Black History is annually celebrated during the month of February, but the
role of African Canadians in our history and society can embedded in students’
learning throughout the year.
In addition to activities promoted throughout the Lambton Kent District
School Board during the month of February, students, families and staff members
are invited to explore the rich history in the surrounding area and learn more
about how African Canadian history can be incorporated into the curriculum.
Black Heritage Symposium – May 2, 2017
The Lambton Kent District School Board’s (LKDSB) Equity and Inclusion
Committee is inviting teachers and students in Grades 5-8 to the first annual
Black Heritage Symposium, held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Lambton Kent Composite
School (231 St. George St. N., Dresden), as part of Education Week.
This informative and interactive event is designed for Junior/Intermediate
teachers (Grades 5-8) who may not be familiar with the subject matter.
Participants will leave the symposium with the knowledge, skills and tools to
bring intriguing stories of African Canadians to life. Organizers are inviting
one teacher and three to four students per school to attend.
The symposium will allow educators and students to learn about the importance
of black heritage and identity. Chatham-Kent has a rich history that is
essential for our students to understand their place in society. It is important
for the development of all children to understand their own heritage, family
history and identity. Beyond this, it is critical for them to understand,
respect and recognize the background and experience of others, as well. To do
this, our students need to be exposed to a combination of local, national and
global perspectives, all of which uniquely alter the way in which our students
see themselves as an individual in society.
This symposium will be led by LKDSB staff and students, with the support of
community partners in Chatham-Kent and the surrounding area. The teams at the
Buxton and Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historical Sites have been instrumental in bringing
authentic learning artifacts, experiences and activities to the project planning
Interested teachers are invited to contact Chris Lambkin at email@example.com
for more information.
Below is an outline of the guest presenters:
Natasha Henry - Curriculum for Educators
Classroom teachers will learn how to integrate African Canadian history
throughout the Ontario curriculum during Black History Month and beyond.
Educators will gain valuable content knowledge and learn inquiry-based
approaches to teaching Black History across the Ontario curriculum. This event
will support teachers in enhancing their knowledge and application of the six
historical thinking concepts and embedding the principles of inclusion,
diversity, and equity and into their teaching practice through the inclusion of
the African Canadian experience. Educator, historian, and curriculum developer,
Natasha Henry will demonstrate how African Canadian history does not have to be
a stand-alone unit, and how it can be incorporated throughout the curriculum.
Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley – “Sugar &
Students will learn about the life of 19th-century pioneers, human rights and
compassion, and fascinating success stories illustrated with song and the spoken
word. Sugar and Gold - The Story of the Underground Railroad in Canada is a
50-minute interactive performance that includes songs, slides, and storytelling
highlighting the history of The Underground Railroad in Canada and the story of
the first black settlers in this region.
Enhance understanding, build capacity and improve supports. Nadine is a poet,
artist and speaker who addresses elements of the experience of people African
and Afro-Caribbean descent in Canada.
As part of the symposium, students will be given a tour of the Uncle
Tom’s Cabin Historical Site.
Additional information and resources
Buxton National Historic Site
Buxton National Historic Site,
along with Buxton’s Next Generation and St John’s Lodge #9 present “The Sounds
of Buxton” on Sunday, February 26 at 3 p.m. at the North Buxton Community
Church. The event will take participants on a journey through music of various
genres that were deeply embedded within the Buxton community - starting with the
founding of the settlement in 1849 to present day.
Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society/Black Mecca Museum
The Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society
celebrates black history found in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the City
of Chatham. The Black Mecca Museum is hosting a history program on Saturday,
Feb. 18 at 1 p.m.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site
Tom's Cabin Historic Site commemorates the life of Rev. Josiah Henson
(1796-1883). This historic site recognizes Rev. Henson’s contributions to the
abolition movement and his work in the Underground Railroad, as well as his
connection to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Useful links to Black History resources and content:
Black History in Canada Education
Tubman Institute Educational Resources
African Canadian History
African Canadian History French Resources
LKDSB Staff Intranet Link to Black History
Intranet Link to Black History Resources