ETFO’s 20th anniversary is an opportunity to look back on our remarkable legacy as an organization. Since our formation in 1998, we have worked tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our members and our students and made important gains for our members through collective bargaining.
When I was a student, the only things that were taught during Black History Month were that my ancestors were enslaved and that Martin Luther King Jr fought for us. If it were not for my parents who told me about the kings and queens in Africa and the positive contributions that Black Canadians have made to society (and who helped to educate some of my teachers), I would have believed that my ancestors had accomplished nothing and were just victims in society.
Iyanuoluwa Akinrinola writes about asking her students to consider the missing voices in accounts of pivotal moments of Canadian history.
Emily Chan reflects on the work she has done and the community members she has connected with to teach her students about Black history.
Natasha Henry reviews the recently released Sankofa Collection, a trailblazing anthology of Black history with a focus on the Canadian context.