2021 Black History Month Resources

As a companion to the Black History Month 2021 events and a legacy to this first year of Black History Month celebrations at the College of the Rockies, please see the various resources to support your learning, celebration and connection to Black Excellence.

Thank you to Michelle Chan for compiling these resources for the College Community.


Resources for Learning

365 Ways to Celebrate Black Canadian Curriculum

Africville – Remember Africville by National Film Board of Canada

African History with Samuel L. Jackson

Being Black in CanadaResources for creatives Being Black in Canada, partnership between Fabienne Colas Foundation, Netflix, National Bank & CBC. 

Black Canadian Historical Figures Courtesy of The Government of Canada

Black History in Canada Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

Black History in Canada Courtesy of The Canadian Encyclopedia 

Black Pioneers: Their Industry and Character Influenced the Vision of Canada – Courtesy of the British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) 

Black, African Caribbean Heritage Choice Board – Courtesy of Ian Clark, Letitia Cotou, LaToya Green, Jacqueline Gurdyal, Antonella Kalaitzis, Azi Manji and Mala Takha

Black Lives Matter at School

Historic, Black Canadian CommunitiesCourtesy of The Government of Canada

Historic, Black Legacies & Institutions – Courtesy of The Government of Canada

Periodic Table of Canadian Black History Created by Isabela Ozamiz and Nicholas Simard in cooperation with Mr Ozamiz and Ms Lemon, teachers in Ottawa, Ontario

Teaching African Canadian History

Virtual Museum of Canada Presents On The Road North: Black Canada and Journey to Freedom

Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o 


BIPOC Mental Health Resources in Canada

Across Boundaries 

ArTeMo Project by Africa Centre 

Black Health Alliance 

Black Mental Health Canada 

Black Women in Motion 

Black Youth Helpline  

Project Heal by Black Space Winnipeg 

WellNest Therapy 

What’s Up Walk In  


BIPOC Organizations in Canada 

  • The Hands on Collective offers BIPOC organizations that work towards improving BIPOC wellbeing in respective communities.
  • British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) Membership Opportunity to be a member of the British Columbia Black History Awareness Society that is a community of people with an interest in general history and British Columbia Black History particularly


Recommended Films

A compilation of movies & series for education on the Black experience including but not limited to topics on racism, microaggressions, police brutality, excessive force, mass incarceration & activism.

  • 13th 
  • When They See Us
  • The Kalief Browder Story
  • Trial 4
  • The Racial Wealth Gap Explained
  • Seven Seconds
  • Who Killed Malcom X
  • LA 92
  • Detroit
  • The Innocence Files
  • The Hate U Give
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Selma
  • Blindspotting
  • Fruitvale Station
  • 12 Years A Slave


Recommended Reads

Literature for decolonizing the syllabus and help gain an understanding of the dimensions of racism, microaggressions, allyship & affirmative action.

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo
  • How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, And You by Ibram X. Kendi  
  • Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown
  • Solitary by Albert Woodfox
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale
  • Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard
  • Citizen by Claudia Rankine
  • From the War on Poverty to The War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton
  • The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  • Black Loyalists in New Brunswick: The Lives of Eight African Americans in Colonial New Brunswick by Stephen Davidson 
  • Black Matters by Afua Cooper
  • Breathe: A Letter To My Sons by Imani Perry 
  • Conversations With White People: Dialogues About Race by IC Bailey
  • How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones
  • What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays by Damon Young
  • I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown 
  • When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele 
  • I’ve Been Meaning To Tell You: A Letter To My Daughter by David Chariandy
  • The Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children: The Hurt, The Hope, and The Healing by Wanda Taylor 
  • A Map To The Door of No Return by Dionne Brand
  • Rivers Have Sources, Trees Have Roots by Dionne Brand & Krisantha Sri Bhaggiyadatta 
  • No Language is Neutral by Dionne Brand
  • St. Mary Estate by Dionne Brand
  • This Body for Itself by Dionne Brand
  • We Are Not Yet Equal Understanding Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson & Tonya Bolden
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration In The Age of Colorblindess by Michelle Alexander
  • Coping With Racial Profiling by Del Sandeen 
  • When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson 
  • A Place Inside of Me: A Letter to Heal the Heart by Zetta Elliott 
  • Skin Again by Bell Hooks


TEDx Talks

How to Deconstruct Racism, One Headline At A Time by Baratunde Thurston

Three Myths ABout Racism by Candis Watts Smith

Racism Has A Cost For Everyone by Heather C. McGhee

The Symbols of Systemic Racism And How To Take Away Their Power by Paul Rucker 

Why I Must Speak Out About Racial Discrimination by Frederick Edwards Jr. 

Racism From The Perspective Of A Non-Threatening Black Man by Doyin Richards 

What I Am Learning From My White Grandchildren- Truths About Race by Anthony Peterson

What If White People Led The Charge To End Racism by Nita Mosby Tyler

The Binary Code of Racism by Tracey Benson 

We Need To Talk About An Injustice by Bryan Stevenson

Let’s Get To The Root Of Racial Injustice by Megan Ming Francis


For Us by Us (FUBU) – List of BIPOC Businesses in the East Kootenays

  • Ella’s Cafe
  • Ihsani Co.
  • Skinkuȼ Treasures
  • Arrowhead Engraving
  • Mountain Arts
  • PJ Gilhully
  • Fry Bread for Fun
  • Indigenous View Photography
  • Trade Your Treasure Consignment Store. 
  • Additional BIPOC businesses can be found on Ktunaxa Ready.