As another academic year winds down and thoughts turn towards the summer, time away from the classroom is a great opportunity to grow and learn in your teaching practice. Some of the professional development that can be undertaken over the summer is personal reading and research. I thought I’d share some suggested resources to help in planning a SSHG curriculum that is more inclusive of the diverse African Canadian perspective for the upcoming school year. As I discussed in my last blog post, training is integral to advancing the inclusion of the Black Canadian experience and self-training can lead you on your way to gaining more background information, locating credible teaching resources, and identifying any questions you may have to pursue later through other avenues, such as workshops.
These recommended resources can be purchased, but they are also available at public libraries and may even be available in the professional library of your school board. I have more extensive lists under my Resources page, which I will be adding to regularly over the summer.
BOOKS TO READ:
Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada by Natasha Henry, Dundurn Press, 2010.
Ontario's African-Canadian heritage: collected writings by Fred Landon, 1918-1967, edited by Karolyn Smardz Frost, Bryan Walls, Hilary Bates Neary, and Frederick H. Armstrong, Natural Heritage Books, 2009.
Towards Freedom: the African Canadian Experience, by Ken Alexander and Avis Glaze, Umbrella Press, 1996.
The Freedom Seekers: Blacks in Early Canada by Daniel G. Hill, Irwin Publishing Inc. 1981.
A History of Blacks in Canada: A Study Guide for Teachers and Students by James W. St. G. Walker, Minister of State Multiculturalism, 1980.
Racial Discrimination in Canada: The Black Experience by James W. St. G. Walker, the Canadian Historical Association, 1985.
African Canadians by James W. St. G. Walker
I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad by Karolyn Smardz-Frost, Thomas Allen Publishers, 2006.
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, HarperCollins Publisher, 2007.
VIDEOS TO WATCH:
Speakers for the Dead by Jennifer Holness and David Sutherland, National Film Board, 2000.
Hymn to Freedom (4 part documentary series), by Almeta Speaks, TeleFilm, 1994. (Available on Learn 360)
Journey to Justice by Roger McTair, National Film Board of Canada, 2000.
The Road Taken by Selwyn Jacobs, Selwyn Enterprises and the National Film Board 1996.
Canada: A Peoples History: The Great Enterprise 1850-1867. (Available on Learn 360)
Canada: A People’s History: Years of Hope and Anger - 1964 to 1976, Episode 16 (18:10 - 25:29). (Available on Learn 360)
The Last Stop - Otterville, Oxford County, Ontario
Seraphim “Joe” Fortes, Lifeguard in Victoria, BC
TEACHING RESOURCES TO CHECK OUT:
Breaking the Chains: Presenting a New Narrative for Canada’s Role in the Underground Railroad (*MARKER AND WEBCAM REQUIRED)
- Narratives, reports, and lesson plans (some are missing, not yet uploaded):
- Augmented Reality vignettes are only available on this website:
Some Missing Pages: The Black Community in the History of Quebec & Canada
On the Road North Online Exhibit and Lesson Plans
Archives of Ontario-Black history online exhibits and lesson plans
· Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada
· The Black Canadian Experience in Ontario 1834-1914: Flight, Freedom, Foundation
· The Freedom Seeker: The Life and Times of Daniel G. Hill
Canada Post Black History Month Stamps
These resources can inform and enhance your teaching with new content knowledge and engaging pedagogical approaches to assist you in infusing the African Canadian perspective in your classroom.