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Toronto Catholic District School Board

African Canadian Heritage Celebrations

2016-2017

 

African Canadian Heritage Month Mass  

February 10th, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

St. Mother Teresa Catholic Academy

40 Sewells Rd., Toronto
 
Check out highlights from this year's event below:
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The Evolving Meaning of Blackness in Canada
February 17 & 18, 2017
York University, Founders Assemby Hall (Rm 152 Founders College)
For further information you can download the The Evolving Meaning of Blackness in Canada flyer here
 
Videos
 
 
Contests
 

 

Jean Augustine visits St. Basil-the-Great College School
       Jean Augustine in group photo.
Jean Augustine visits St. Basil-the-Great College School Ms. Jean Augustine visited St. Basil The Great College School to speak to the staff and students during their annual Black History Month assembly held Thursday February 16th.
 
 
2017 Black History stamp commemorates Mathieu Da Costa
Mathieu Da Costa postage stamp 
17th century interpreter believed to be the first person of African descent to arrive in Canada
OTTAWA, Jan. 31, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada Post's annual Black History Month stamp for 2017 will commemorate a historical figure who continues to fascinate and confound scholars.
Admittedly little is known about Mathieu Da Costa. From the few records that remain, historians conclude he was a free man who earned a living as an interpreter for Europeans who were trading with Indigenous people in the New World.

 

Dr. Madrine King'endo visits St. Kevin CS

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The Community Relations Department facilitated a visit by the distinguished Professor and Dean of Education of Embu University, Kenya, Dr. Madrine King'endo, as per outreach by equally distinguished Professor of Education, OISEUT’s Department of Social Justice Education, Dr. Njoki Wane, that saw a collaborated presentation to three classes in St. Kevin Catholic School on February 22nd, on the subject of African Canadian Heritage Month.
 
Students from Grades1-7 were presented with insights on Kenya and the Continent of Africa, as well as information on African Canadians who have contributed towards the growth and development of Canada and the world (e.g., Mathieu de Costa, Mic’ Maq translator for French explorer, Samuel de Champlain; The Honourable Dr. Jean Augustine, retired TCDSB principal and Member of Parliament, responsible for the national proclamation of February as Black History Month).
 
We are grateful to everyone who made this event possible. A special thank you to teacher, Deborah Karam and Principal Colleen Hayward, who helped to bring this project to fruition.
   

 

 

 

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