To: Minister of Education-Honourable Rob Fleming

Black History in BC shools curriculum

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Black History in BC shools curriculum

I have created this petition as I would like to see celebration of Black History month in all BC schools and that Black 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 celebration on Black History month on any BC school district websites. After the Vancouver Star, 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:
https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2019/02/05/its-not-enough-to-encourage-black-history-month-in-schools-bc-mom-says.html?fbclid=IwAR30L2qPZl7CO30uVdKwfeAZDEK3L61B85uGgyEyEHd_g1gNmvurZ3svnhQ

CBC Radio
https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1151411/histoire-noirs-absence-dans-enseignement-colombie-britannique?fbclid=IwAR3PHdnpcks64RxcCBuxWpXG2ncB-ARTmO2OtqVZTTMcBAWtgK2k4YoEdho

Why is this important?

I am 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 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.

How it will be delivered

I will email the signatures and contact the press

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