National Film Board’s Black Communities in Canada: A Rich History
This collection covers a variety of topics related to Black communities and Black Canadians. Here are some favourites:
This film shares the story of a promising teen hockey star in a sport where Black players are underrepresented.
A spotlight on a small, Black settlement in Halifax that was demolished in the name of urban renewal.
The Colour of Beauty
This short documentary examines racism in fashion.
Jackie Shane: Heritage Minute
Jackie Shane was a pioneering Black trans soul singer in the 1960s. This Heritage Minute celebrates her unapologetic and authentic presence.
British Columbia’s Black Pioneers
This online exhibit of 20 stories, 9 videos, and 86 gallery items highlights the struggles and achievements of Black pioneers in BC. All items are available in French and English. Visit the BC Black History Awareness Society for more resources.
Black History in Canada
This collection curated by the Canadian Encyclopedia features articles, podcasts, and timelines. Be sure to check out the collection of articles on Black female freedom fighters.
The Secret Life of Canada
This podcast highlights Canadian history and contemporary issues. Check out episodes such as “Crash Course on Nora’s Place in Hogan’s Alley,” “Crash Course on Black Nurses,” and “What’s the Deal with Blackface?”
Portraits of Black Canadians
This series of vignettes spotlights prominent Black Canadians from the past and present.
CHILDREN’S READING LIST
The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson
We Shall Overcome by Bryan Collier
Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Achievement by Lindsay Ruck
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford
I Affirm Me: The ABCs of Inspiration for Black Kids by Nyasha Williams
All Because You Matter by Tami Charles
Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
TEENS READING LIST
Bitter by Akwaeke Emezi
Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímidé
Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
ADULTS’ READING LIST
Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging by Tessa McWatt
Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi
From My Mother’s Back: A Journey from Kenya to Canada by Njoki Wane
Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada edited by
Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware