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UGDSB celebrates Black Heritage, Black Brilliance, Black Futures Month

January 31, 2022

GUELPH, Ontario — What’s in a name? Black student groups driving this work in the Upper Grand District School Board requested that the month be named Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures month in 2021.

This intentional name represents a balanced approach to understanding that the history, reality, and future of people of the African diaspora involves immense racism and injustice including slavery AS WELL AS pre-slavery history, excellence, social justice action and positive contribution.

Throughout the month of February a variety of resources and supports centering Black histories, experiences and contributions are highlighted and made available in order to support learning and celebration across all grades in the UGDSB. We are excited to present a collection of opportunities to celebrate and learn, summarized in the calendar below:

Resources and supports include but are not limited to:


Live UGDSB Events

Resource Highlights

Student Voice Resources

Capacity Building

The month of February provides us with an excellent opportunity to celebrate Black Heritage, Black Brilliance and Black Futures. The learning that can occur during days, weeks or months of Heritage Celebration cannot end when those terms end. It is our intention that the resources provided will continue to enrich the teaching and learning in the UGDSB throughout the year and that the celebration of diversity is a continuous aspect of culturally relevant responsive pedagogy and inclusion.

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