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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Celebrating Black History Awareness Month at HCDSB


Each February, students and staff across the Halton Catholic District School Board take part in a system-wide movement, along with Canadians across the country to recognize Black History Awareness Month. Together, we honour and pay tribute to Black Canadians, both past and present.

A number of activities, events and learning opportunities are planned across Halton and in our schools for Black History Month, including musical performances and presentations, sponsored by the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH)​ and Burlington Caribbean Connection​.

Scheduled Events:

"The Spirit of Harriet Tubman", written and performed by Leslie McCurdy, is an empowering story about Ms. Tubman's flight from slavery, her dedicated involvement with the Underground Railroad, and her rescue mission during the civil war. St. Benedict and St. Matthew Catholic Elementary Schools showcased this performance to launch Black History Month on January 31st.

Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School will also host the Harriet Tubman play on February 8th, and Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School will host a speaker session and drumming performance, in honour of Black History Awareness, during the month of March.

For more information on the events and activities happening throughout the month of February, please contact our schools directly​.

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


"The Spirit of Harriet Tubman was a passionate performance, which captured the students in attendance. Our students not only learned about Harriet Tubman’s courageous battle against discrimination and intolerance, but also the power one has to change the world in a positive way." - Vince Chininea, Principal, St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School in Oakville

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The Halton Catholic District School Board is a model learning community, widely recognized as distinctively Catholic. A provincial leader in student achievement, HCDSB provides exceptional educational experiences and services to over 34,000 students of all ages. God’s call to love and to serve is nurtured across our 45 elementary schools, 9 secondary schools, and 3 continuing education facilities, serving the communities of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville. With a focus on Achieving, Believing, and Belonging, we provide our students and staff with the tools for realizing their fullest potential, while also instilling a life-long commitment to the community.

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Halton Catholic District School Board
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Halton Catholic District School Board
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