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Black Heritage

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 and implementation.

Interested teachers are invited to contact Chris Lambkin at 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 & Gold”

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.

​Nadine Williams

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

Uncle 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:

Buxton Museum Education Programs

Buxton Museum Educational Resources

Black History in Canada Education Guide

The Harriet Tubman Institute Educational Resources

Teaching African Canadian History

French Resources

Teaching African Canadian History French Resources

​LKDSB Staff Intranet Link to Black History Resources/Content

Staff Intranet Link to Black History Resources