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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Black History Month at HCDSB

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

For 2019, the theme of the Government of Canada’s Black History Month campaign is: Black Canadian Youth: Boundless, Rooted and Proud.

A number of events and learning opportunities are planned across Halton and in our schools, including a kick-off celebration at Burlington City Hall, presented by the Burlington Caribbean Connection (BCC)​ and the City of Burlington, in partnership with HCDSB and various community partners.   

Scheduled Events Across HCDSB:

Black History Month Event

Event ​​Details

Canadian Black History Month Launch 
with Burlington Mayor, Marianne Meed Ward & Community Partners​
​February 1, 2019, at 2:30 p.m.
Burlington City Hall
Open to the community!

Yamo! Yamo! Greetings from West Africa!
Fana Soro Performers & Ballet Creole Performances ​
February 13, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School
February 14, 2019 at 12:30 p.m. & 1:45 p.m. at Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School
March 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Elementary School​

Things my Fore-Sisters Saw
Performance by Leslie McCurdy
​February 13, 2019 at 1:45 p.m.
St. Bernadette Catholic Elementary School

The Spirit of Harriet Tubman 
Performance by Leslie McCurdy
​February 14, 2019 at the Oakville Centre
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary​ School (field trip)

HCDSB African Newcomers Celebration

​February 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School
Registration is required for this event. Please register by emailing​


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

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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