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Natasha Henry standing in front of lockers
Natasha Henry standing in front of lockers
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Beyond Black History Month

Lauren Beckford in Conversation with Natasha Henry

has a range of amazing resources to incorporate aspects of Black history, from animated films such as  Joe, Black Soul, Christopher Changes His Name  and Christopher, Please Clean Up Your Room! , to documentaries like  Journey to Justice, The Road Taken, Speakers for the Dead  and Dresden Story .

When I worked at the Harriet Tubman Institute, we developed two groundbreaking projects on African Canadian history that use digital storytelling –  Breaking the Chains: Presenting a New Narrative for Canada’s Role in the Underground Railroad  and We Stand on Guard for Thee: Teaching and Learning the African Canadian Experience in the War of 1812  (tubman.info.yorku.ca/educationalresources/).

And lastly, the Archives of Ontario has a number of online lesson plans, online exhibits and onsite education workshops on Black history (archives.gov.on.ca/en/education/lesson_ plans_themes.aspx#black_history).

I’ve compiled some resources teachers can use on my website “Teaching African Canadian History” and continue to add to it from time to time (teachingafricancanadianhistory. weebly.com/).

Lauren Beckford is a member of the Peel Teacher Local. 

Natasha Henry is a member of Peel Occasional Teacher Local. She is a curriculum consultant specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African diasporic experience. She has written several books and has also contributed several entries to the Canadian Encyclopedia on African Canadian history. Natasha has developed the educational resources for several exhibits and web-based projects on the Black experience in Canada, including the CBC miniseries The Book of Negroes. She facilitates workshops for teachers and students on Black history.

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