Kootenay Lake School District celebrates Black History Month

SD8 is hosting six events throughout the district

Submitted

Throughout the district this month, Kootenay Lake SD8 students and staff will be honouring and celebrating Black History through a variety of events, presentations and activities.

Black History Month is an occasion for all Canadians to commemorate 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.

A unique activity book, Big Dreamers, created by Canadian authors Akilah Newton and Tami Gabay has been distributed to all the Kootenay Lake district elementary schools. Big Dreamers is a historical activity book designed for youth that provides a historical timeline, examines black history in each province and territory and highlights the achievements of Black Canadians whose stories are often left untold.

Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions of African Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities across the country and their importance to the history of this nation.

The district is also hosting Overture with the Arts organization and their tour of B.R.A.W.L. (Black Revolutionary Activists Women Leaders) Feb. 26 to 28 at participating schools. The non-profit organization, based in Montreal, offers education in music, dance, drama and vocal training. Using their trademark edutainment style that combines education, slam poetry, hip-hop, live theatre, stand up comedy, and audience participation, the B.R.A.W.L tour will give students a vital introduction to outstanding black women throughout history, shining a light on their amazing accomplishments.

Contact the school directly for more information on community participation in the tour. Participating schools include: Feb. 26, 9 a.m.: Mt. Sentinel, South Slocan and 1:15 p.m., Brent Kennedy, South Slocan; Feb. 27, 9 a.m.: L.V. Rogers, Nelson and 1 p.m., Redfish Elementary, Longbeach; Feb. 28, 9 a.m.: J.V. Humphries, Kaslo and 1:15 p.m.: Salmo Secondary.

Just Posted

RED resort announces new ski lift

Topping lift will add new ski area to resort, reduce bottleneck on Motherload chair

Update: Bodies recovered from Pend d’Oreille River crash

To help support the family, a fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

Update: Car located in Pend d’Oreille River, teenagers remain missing

A fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale to help support the family

LETTER: An uplifting story

From reader Bill Wells

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

B.C. lottery winner being sued by Surrey co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Fraser Health under fire again for taxiing homeless man from Langley to Hope

Patient sent to Hope shelter because a spot in the man’s home community couldn’t be located

Dead sea lion discovered on Hornby Island shoreline

Reports indicate animal was shot in the head

Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits Liberal caucus, sits as independent MP

The Whitby, Ont., MP has been a vocal supporter of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott

Woman punched on the sidelines of B.C. soccer game

Both involved were watching the U21 game in West Vancouver from the sidelines when things got heated

Catch-up immunization aims to stamp out B.C. measles resurgence

Vaccination records to be checked at B.C. schools next fall

Paramedic staff shortage at critical level: B.C. union

A number of units were out of service due to lack of staffing in Lower Mainland, union says

B.C. dairy farmers say federal budget not enough to cut losses from USMCA

Concerns raised over vague details, funding access and impacts on growth

Most Read