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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Recognizing Black History Awareness Month at HCDSB!


Each year, students and staff across the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) are invited to participate in Black History Awareness Month, to honour and pay tribute to Black Canadians, both past and present.

A number of events and learning opportunities are planned across Halton and in our schools, including a kick-off celebration, "Black History Month through Art" at the Oakville Town Hall, presented by the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH)​, in partnership with the Oakville Museum.

Scheduled Events Across HCDSB:

Black History Month Event

Event ​​Details

Embracing our Differences! Presentation by Susan Crawford 

February 1, 2018, at 10:30 a.m.
St. Matthew Catholic Elementary School
Presentation by Karolyn Smardz Frost, ​award-winning author and Canadian historian, sponsored by CCAH
​February 9, 2018
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

Art display at the Burlington Public Library,
in partnership with the Burlington Caribbean Connection 
​February 9 - 16, 2018
​HCDSB newcomer youth are welcome!

Emerita Emerencia - Storytelling

February 12, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Holy Rosary (Milton) Catholic Elementary School

A Celebration of Black History & Culture

​February 16, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

Students and staff will learn about African drumming 
and dancing, with special performances by Alpha Rhythm, a dance and drumming group​. Caribbean foods will also be featured at the event!

This event is offered through registration only, and
is open to newcomer youth. Please contact Luz Elena 
for more information: ​

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, sponsored by CCAH
February 20, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.
Bishop P.F. Reding Catholic Secondary School​

Musical Performances by Shaun Boothe

​February 20, 2018, at 1:30 p.m.​
Holy Rosary (Milton) Catholic Elementary School​​

Performances by John Campbell, historian & musiciansponsored by CCAH  
​February 20, 2018
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School

A Field Trip to the 'Underground Railroad', at the Oakville Museum
​February 28, 2018
Students and staff from St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School will be in attendance!

Unpacking our Identity in Canada's Multicultural Mosaicsponsored
by the Burlington Caribbean Connection 
​March 20, 2018, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School​

This event is offered through registration only, and
is open to newcomer youth. Please contact Luz Elena
for more information:

For more information on the events and activities happening throughout the month of February, please contact our schools directly​. To learn more about the events planned in the Region of Halton, please visit the CCAH website here:​

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.

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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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Media Contact:
Amanda Bartucci
Strategic Communications
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 246 
Alternate Media Contact:
Andrea Swinden
Strategic Communications
Halton Catholic District School Board
905-632-6314, ext. 159 

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