Each year, students and staff across the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) are invited to participate in Black History Month, to honour Black Canadians, both past and present, and to pay homage to the many achievements Black Canadians have contributed to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today.

Throughout the year, a number of virtual events and learning opportunities are planned in Halton and in our schools in partnership with HCDSB and various community partners.  

Special thanks goes out to community partners the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton​, Milton Public Library and One Burlington for their support of these school and system-wide events!

See a list of past and upcoming events happening at HCDSB:

Islamophobia at the Intersection
of Race & Gender:  What does it mean to be Black, Muslim & Female?
Aasiyah Khan
October 23rd, 2020
Overcoming Barriers
and Student Success
Francis Atta, Social Worker
Welcome Centre
November 10, 2020

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School
November 16, 2020  

St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School
March 3, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  
Learning about Nigerian Life, School and Culture
Clementina Akinleye
Program Services & School Staff  
December 8, 2020
Read Alouds, Q&A and Talk
Lawrence Hill, Author
Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School
Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School  

Various dates and times from December 2020 – May 2021
Sizzlin’ Halton:
Caribbean Culture & Cuisine
Chef Melani Bastians  
https://www.ccah.ca  
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School
Christ the King Catholic Secondary School
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School  

Various dates in partnership with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH)
Read Alouds, Q&A and Talk
Shauntay Grant, author
Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School
January 14, 2021  

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School & Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School
January 20, 2021  

Various elementary school libraries
Various dates and times  
Rebel & Rhyme
Britta B, Spoken Word Artist
Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School
January 27, 2021  

Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School
February 22 & May 3, 2021

St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Secondary School
May 5, 2021  

Various elementary schools
Various dates and times
Africville: A Musical PresentationWeek of February 15, 2021

In partnership with One Burlington

All schools are invited!
So You Want to Talk About Race
Ijeoma Oluo, Author

See the flyer here.
Grades 8 – 12
Feb. 24, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.  

In partnership with CCAH and Milton Public Library
Engaging Black Families and
Black students through Curriculum
Natasha Henry
Program Services  

May, 2021
Date to be determined
*Visit our HCDSB school websites for more events.


Quick Facts:

  • In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada;
  • In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced the motion to recognize contributions of Black Canadians and February as Black History Month.