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Celebrate Black History Month with story maps

Black History Month is a perfect time to get your students to create a story map that will highlight the contributions of Black Canadians. Discover ideas that will inspire them to create their interactive presentation.

February is Black History Month. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Canadians with African roots. Encourage your students to create a story map to highlight important stories of Black Canadians. They can select from a hand full of story map templates that allow you to include text, videos, audio clips, images and web maps to present the topic of their choice.

Here are few ideas that we have come up with that can get you and your students started:

Contributions of Black Canadians in Wars

Create your story map about the contributions of Black Canadians in the First World War.
Image from No. 2 Construction Battalion members in 1917, Veterans Affairs Canada.

Black Women’s Fight for Equality and Freedom in Canada

Black History in Canada

Black Social Activism

If you don’t have time to create a story map, check out some resources that have been already created for you to explore today!

Explore this story map to learn about 23 historical Black Canadians you should know.

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We’d love to know how you’re celebrating Black History Month across Canada by leaving a comment below.

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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