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Black History Resources You Should Know About for the K-12 Classroom

Every February, Black History is celebrated in Canada to commemorate the struggles Black people have experienced, and the contributions they have made to this country, as well as the social and cultural fabric of the communities they live in. Find out what resources are available for K-12 educators to explore this important topic with students.

Diversity is important to Canadians because it exposes us to the history and culture of people with roots from different parts of the globe, allowing us to gain a better understanding of our world. In honour of Black History Month, our Education & Research group has created a new story map on the Underground Railroad that highlights some of the key individuals who helped enslaved black people escape and start a new life in Canada, including the location of some of the communities in Ontario where these newly freed people settled.

Students will discover where some of the black settlements developed in Canada in The Underground Railroad – Freedom in Canada story map

Other resources for Black History include:

Learn to create your own Web Map or Story Map on Black History by using the tutorials below:

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About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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