Black History 365

Learn about Black history 365 days of the year! Celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation it is today. In collaboration with community partners, UPlift Black #UPLiftBlack365.

Being Black in Canada

UPlift Black the Webseries on Youtube

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbRtM2KhNICEFZ4xWXEzhMQ

With the generous support of mtav.ca, UPlift Black’s online Webseries focuses on members of the Black Community living in Canada. Our platform makes space to tell their stories and share their work. The show creates a call to action each episode, offering pathways to achieving racial equity through a conscious community. If you would like to be featured on the show, please visit https://upliftblack.org/about/

Our Mosaic Lives

Read: https://www.ourmosaiclives.ca/celebrating-black-canadian-women

Growing up black and “fitting out” for most of my life, I am a mosaic of my experiences. This personal journey connected me with inspirational black women. – Michele Newton

Being Black and Queer in Canada

Read: https://www.dailyxtra.com/black-and-queer-in-canada-175340

Four queer Black men discuss how they deal with anti-Black racism while caring for themselves and each other

Being Black in Canada:Canada's largest mentorship, training, and creation program to be entirely dedicated to Black filmmakers

Black History Month: Government of Canada

CBC: Being Black in Canada

Charity Williams Using Platform to Inspire Young Black Canadians

Elle Canada: Inspirational Black Canadians to Know

NOW Toronto: Exploring Black-Canadian History in The Porter 

Black Local Love

Adinkra Farm

Learn: https://adinkrafarm.wordpress.com/

ADINKRAFARM has been offering programmes to community for over 10 years. We are officially registering as a non profit and will continue to operate as a cooperative, community building organization. It is a welcoming space for all, based on the principles of AFRICENTRIC Leadership which require optimism, confidence, truth, knowledge centred on African cultures and values, love, life-long learning, and living in harmony with nature and humanity. We offer opportunities for community to learn plan and develop in harmony through three pillars of sustainability: RECLAIM, BUILD and GROW.

We will RECLAIM our heritage, cultural traditions and relationship with the land, BUILD facilities on the property, community institutions and partnerships for the future and GROW together through economic development projects, community farming, food sovereignty initiatives and cultivating healthy community relationships that enable our communities to develop resources that contribute to our country and our world.

UPLift Black 

UPlift Black is a social service agency working to UPlift the complete wellbeing of Black people who live in Simcoe Muskoka. Their work is culturally based and anchored in 2SLGBTQPNIA+ inclusivity striving to achieve the ultimate goal of racial equity through a conscious community.

Black-Owned Business Listing

Explore Making Change's Black-owned Business Listing (Simcoe County) –  search for a business or add a your own. 

Diverse Voices Unite: Honouring and Celebrating Black History Month

Watchhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QulqPJIuGE

On February 15th at 10 am, Listen to dignitaries, performing artists, students, community partners, and special guests talk about Canadian Black History with the vision towards diversity and unity. 

Catch the Rogers Live viewing of today's video on February 24th, at 6 pm with guest commentators and Q+A. 

In partnership with St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School. 

Georgian College - Anti-Racism Resource

The resources provided by Georgian College are suitable for all levels, whether you are years into an anti-oppression teaching practice, or brand new to learning about how systems of oppression operate. If you are new to this subject, a good place to start is with the “Educate Yourself” resources.

Lakehead University - Black History Month

In honour of Black History Month, Lakehead University International (LUI) and the Office of Human Rights and Equity (OHRE) are thrilled to invite the community to take part in a range of activities throughout the month of February.

Community Voices

Watchhttps://my.nicheacademy.com/barrie/course/24857

Join us for this special series as we learn more about our neighbours, listen to their stories, and celebrate the diversity of Simcoe county.  

Diversity Reads

Learn about others and challenge the norm

Books give us a fantastic opportunity to explore beyond our lived experience. Diversity Reads challenges you to discover the world from different perspectives, in the hope that learning about and celebrating our differences will bring us closer together. Diversity Reads is based on the Read Woke reading challenge started by Cecily Lewis. 

Get started now to make change

Join the challenge and complete at your own pace. Register online with these easy steps:

  1. Visit the App Store or Google Play and download the FREE Beanstack Tracker app, or join us from your computer
  2. Select books from a recommended reads list or choose your own
  3. Post your review, share your learnings

Discover diverse books, log activities, and READ! 

Kids

 

Reading Champions

Watch: https://my.nicheacademy.com/barrie/course/16063/sequence/10483

Ignite a love of reading with our local reading champions as they share some of their favourite stories that make them laugh and learn!

Stories of Colour

Learn: https://www.facebook.com/groups/664816674099539

Children's books are written by authors of colour, or have a central character who is a person of colour, with readers of African, Indigenous, Asian and Latinx descent. It is of the utmost importance that children not only see themselves being represented in the stories, but also by the individuals telling the stories.

February is Black History Month 

lady holding octopus puppet

Watchhttps://my.nicheacademy.com/barrie/course/24431/sequence/10968

Learn more about this important celebration with the help of library staff. Read some stories, learn about historical figures, and share what you learn with family and friends every day of the year! 

Local History

Ontario Black History Society

Read: http://www.museumsontario.ca/museum/Ontario-Black-History-Society

Learn: https://blackhistorysociety.ca/

The Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) is a registered Canadian charity, dedicated to the study, preservation and promotion of Black History and heritage. The Society aims to encourage public interest in Black History through the:

Recognition and documentation of the contributions of peoples of African descent and their collective histories, past and present, through education, research and collaboration.

Development and support of educational initiatives and exhibits.

Inclusion of Black History material in school curricula.

Sheffield Park Black History Museum

Learn: https://www.sheffieldparkblackhistory.com/

It was the dream of Howard Sheffield to gather and preserve the history of his ancestors and share with the family. Community friends also became interested in the history of the black pioneers and settlers of Collingwood and the surrounding areas. His collection of family photos and artifacts attracted donations of more items from white families who grew up with the original homesteaders.

Interest increased and various cultural artifacts were donated to Howard's project. Sheffield Park Museum now became Sheffield Park Black History & Cultural Museum. The museum includes pioneer life and times, the social networking of a community and the preservation of past generations.

Howard Sheffield's dream was to keep the events of the past visible so we, and future generations, would never forget. The dream continues...

Bethel Union Cemetery

Learn: https://www.clearview.ca/municipal-services/cemeteries/bethel-union-cemetery

This cemetery was established in 1855. It was considered one of the only integrated cemeteries of its time, with black, white and aboriginal peoples all buried in it. It remained an active cemetery until 1940 and ended up falling into a state of disrepair by the 1960’s. Prison inmates were used to clear away the surrounding debris of the site however; it fell into disrepair again by the 70’s. It continued to remain in a woeful state until 1997 when Jane Cooper-Wilson and a group of volunteers secured permission from the Township of Clearview to restore and maintain the site. Her organization, The Silver Shoe Historical Society has worked hard to restore and maintain the cemetery. They have also discovered around 400 documented burials with even more awaiting investigation.

NFB Film

Join us for some National Film Board selections and honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. Log in with your library card and pin from our website

John Ware Reclaimed

John Ware Reclaimed follows filmmaker Cheryl Foggo on her quest to re-examine the mythology surrounding John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta, Canada, before the turn of the 20th century. Foggo’s research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism, both past and present.

Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia

In their predominantly white high school in Halifax, a group of black students face daily reminders of racism, ranging from abuse (racist graffiti on washroom walls), to exclusion (the omission of black history from textbooks). They work to establish a Cultural Awareness Youth Group, a vehicle for building pride and self-esteem through educational and cultural programs. With help from mentors, they discover the richness of their heritage and learn some of the ways they can begin to effect change.

Sisters in the Struggle

This documentary features Black women active in politics as well as community, labour and feminist organizing. They share their insights and personal testimonies on the double legacy of racism and sexism, linking their personal struggles with the ongoing battle to end systemic discrimination and violence against women and people of colour.

Golden Gloves

A classic NFB documentary about the Golden Gloves boxing tournament, the Canadian amateur's hope for success in the boxing world. This Gilles Groulx film shows three Montreal boxers in training. In behind-the-scenes interviews they talk about their ambitions and what prompted them to take up the sport.

Read Black Voices

Watchhttps://my.nicheacademy.com/barrie/course/24858

Join us as BPL staff recommend reads featuring Black authors and characters.

Staff Pick Lists: Black Voices

Take a look at some curated lists from our catalogue for people of all ages.

Statement on Race & Social Equity

The Barrie Public Library has joined dozens of Canadian public library systems to show our strong commitment to ending structural racism by signing CULC’s Statement on Race and Social Equity. This statement was originally endorsed by the Urban Libraries Council which includes over 160 libraries across North America. Libraries use this statement as a baseline for building progressive policies, activities and collaborative relationships to advance equity.

As a library, our values are rooted in inclusion, diversity, accessibility and education. We are a safe space for open dialogue, and we are proud to be a place where community comes together. We also acknowledge that we have work to do.

2SLGBTQPNIA+

Read Black Queer Canadian Voices

Being Black and Queer in Canada

Read: https://www.dailyxtra.com/black-and-queer-in-canada-175340

Four queer Black men discuss how they deal with anti-Black racism while caring for themselves and each other

 

Three Black Canadians on Inspiring the Next Generation of Queer Leaders

Read: https://globalnews.ca/news/7617443/black-canadians-next-generation-queer-leaders/

Black queer Canadians have been leading the way to not only create change in their spaces, but also inspire the next generation of queer leaders. 

 

Canada’s Queer Rights Movement Exists Because of Black People- But That History is Often Ignored

Read: https://globalnews.ca/news/7084543/pride-toronto-black-canadians/

“Black people and trans activists have always been at the front of these protests…they’ve been very visible in that struggle”

 

Queering Black History Month

Read: https://www.queerevents.ca/queer-history/queering-black-history-month

Highlighting the histories, struggles and contributions of Black Queer & Trans folks across Turtle Island.

 

Four Queer Black Canadian Women Writers You Should Be Reading 

Read: https://caseythecanadianlesbrarian.com/2017/02/03/four-queer-black-canadian-women-writers-you-should-be-reading-for-black-history-month/?fbclid=IwAR2PypJodtVj4ChAzTLD5ZdIjNJqxd1OtOXxA9mYdMzHfRRJ6iagmzrqXNc/

Check out these four queer Black Canadian women authors whose books you should definitely have on your shelves.

 

Wellness and Mental Health

Read about Black Mental Health and Wellness 

6 Black Canadian Women On Tackling Mental Health Taboos

Read: https://www.chatelaine.com/health/wellness/black-canadian-women-on-self-care-and-tackling-mental-health-taboos/

What are Black Canadian women doing to take care of their mental well-being? Here’s how six women are doing it.

 

8 Black Mental Health Resources in Canada and Online

Read:  https://fashionmagazine.com/wellness/black-mental-health-resources-canada/

These organizations focus on the mental health and well-being of Black communities across Canada. 

 

Black Health Alliance 

Learn: https://blackhealthalliance.ca/

The Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered organization working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada.

 

Black Youth Helpline

Learn: https://blackyouth.ca/

Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools.