Natasha Henry standing in front of lockers
Natasha Henry standing in front of lockers

Beyond Black History Month

Lauren Beckford in Conversation with Natasha Henry

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  (

And lastly, the Archives of Ontario has a number of online lesson plans, online exhibits and onsite education workshops on Black history ( 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.

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.


Students standing in classroom holding a rainbow flag

In June of 2013, students at City View Alternative School in Toronto’s west end cut the ceremonial ribbon across the door of a multi-stall, all-gender washroom.

women etfo members standing and having discussion

ETFO is unique among Canadian teacher federations in having a service area devoted to Equity and Women’s Services, demonstrating our commit