African history is a significant part of Canada’s history but little is still known
Today, Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, along with Andy Dellmore, Member of Parliament (Halifax), announced $1,031,565 in funding for Dalhousie University’s three-year project to fill a gap in African Canadian History Education. This new project, called A Black People’s History of Canada, will support leading Black history scholars and organizations to create engaging new classroom-ready learning materials and digital media about the history of Black Canadians.
“Our government is proud to support the development of learning materials, activities and networks that will give all Canadians the opportunity to enhance their understanding of Black Canadian history. This project will also showcase passionate historians, award-winning writers, speakers and artists, which will shed some light on the incredible contributions of Black Canadians thorough our history.” —The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage
These new learning materials, in English and in French, will target Canadian teachers and students in elementary and secondary schools across the country. It will mobilize educators and Canadians through workshops and conferences, with materials promoted through social media. The materials will be available through the project website and through a network of professional, community, institutional and government partners.
The project team is comprised of well-known, award-winning historians, researchers and writers including Dr. Afua Cooper as Principal Investigator, Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost as Project Manager, as well as Natasha Henry and Adrienne Shadd. All content will be developed and evaluated in consultation with leading educators, community organizations and government agencies.