10 signatures reached
To: Minister of Education-Honourable Rob Fleming
Black History Month/Black History in BC schools curriculum
We have created this petition as we would like to see the celebration of Black History Month in all BC schools and that African Descent History is a part of the BC curriculum in schools.
In Canada, “Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.” So where is this invitation in BC schools?
Many schools in BC do not even acknowledge Black History Month. I could not find anything on the celebration on Black History month on any BC school district websites. After the Vancouver Star, an article came out the Vancouver School board added a message about Black History. In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month. Last year the province of British Columbia officially recognized February as Black History Month. So why is there no recognition in our schools?
In Ontario, it is apart of the curriculum and Ontario does acknowledge Black History Month in schools. Ontario Elementary Teachers Federation has a poster in every school and is celebrating Black History Month with displays and celebrations. British Columbia Teachers' Federation has resources listed only. Which means it is up to the teachers' discretion to talk about it.
Media articles about this:
Vancouver Star article:
Why is this important?
We are asking everyone to please sign this petition and ask the Minister of Education to put this on the agenda for change. All students should see themselves and their families reflected in the curriculum. We need to begin with our children, we must teach them how our province has been changed for the better through the efforts of black British Columbians and this must be celebrated in our schools.
Karina Reid & Yasin Kiraga Misago Founder and Executive Director of African Descent Society BC
How it will be delivered
I will email the signatures and contact the press