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African Heritage Month at the TDSB


Friday, January 30, 2015
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB

Every February, the TDSB celebrates African Heritage Month, a time to learn about and pay tribute to the many ways in which Black Canadians and people of the African Diaspora have helped shape our society, and to recognize the invaluable contributions they have made to our province, country and world. This year’s theme is A Continuum of Excellence...Past, Present, and Future.

TDSB schools will engage in local initiatives, and participate in a variety of community events that reflect this history and the countless triumphs and struggles they have experienced over hundreds of years.

And, while we feature African Heritage Month in February, it’s important that learning does not stop there. The best outcomes are realized when all students of all backgrounds are engaged in positive learning about African heritage.

Calendar of Events

African Heritage Month Student Contest

The TDSB African Heritage Committee is sponsoring an arts contest featuring three categories:  essay, poetry/spoken word, and original artwork.  Submissions should be in keeping with the theme for the month and must be about the contributions of African Canadians both past and present.  Students can also include how they see themselves and others contributing to Canadian society in the future.  For more information about this contest, please visit 

International African Inventors Museum

  • February 5 at Westview CI
  • February 6, 9 at Harbord CI
  • February 18 at Laurier CI
  • February 27 at Albert Campbell CI
  • February 27 at Ryerson Community School

Students and staff celebrate diversity in innovation from a global African perspective by teaching the event participants about Black/African contributions to Black history and world history, and inspire them to take pride in the achievements, cultures and  heritage of Black communities.

Secondary Symposium –  February 17 at Bickford Centre, 11:30 a.m.

Includes keynote address by the Honourable Jean Augustine, panel discussion and performance by Ballet Creole.

New School –  Remix Your Thoughts on Black History Month

  • February 19 at Central Technical School
  • February 20 at Stephen Leacock CI
  • February 23 at Winston Churchill CI
  • February 27 at Downsview SS

This play is an innovative multimedia play about five ethnically diverse high school students who learn about and discuss issues pertaining to race. It includes interactive live performances, dance and poetry.

African Heritage Month Celebration February 28 at Earl Haig SS

Student presentations, International African Inventors Museum on display, various vendors, spoken word artist presentations, displays of visual art and edutainment.

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