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Black Heritage, Black Brilliance, Black Futures Month beyond February

March 1, 2023

February is over, does that mean Black Heritage, Black Brilliance, Black Futures Month is done too? 

At the Upper Grand DSB, we recognize that the work and learning we do during  Black Heritage, Black Brilliance, Black Futures must not be for the month of February alone, but rather an ideology that is practiced well beyond the 28th. 

This month our students and staff got the opportunity to take part in a variety of resources and supports centering Black histories, experiences and contributions, that were highlighted and made available in order to support learning and celebration across all grades in the UGDSB.

As we step forward into the months to come, we ask that you keep this core question in mind: ‘What’s in a name?”

We explored Black Heritage: Students were able to learn about the presence of Black settlers in Wellington County and their influence in the area. Archival and documented evidence was pulled from the Guelph Black History Society and families of descendants of the two settlements. The presentation and exhibit focus both on the histories, people and settlements in Fergus (Pierpoint Settlement) and Glen Allan/Mapleton (Queens Bush Settlement). 

We celebrated Black Brilliance: As an example, everyday during the month of February, students and staff at Glenbrook Elementary School shared informative infographics via their Twitter account of Black individuals (in the contemporary and post-slavery era)  and the contributions they had made to Canadian society, later testing their public’s retention in a fun and engaging way. 

And we look toward a collective Future: Going forward, the board continues its efforts against anti-Black racism, as well as prioritizing and centering Black voices.

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