Monday, February 4, 2013

February is African Heritage month in Canada

Who is Mathieu Da Costa?
Mathieu Da Costa is the first Black African known to have visited Canada. Da Costa was not a slave: he was employed as a translator by French and Dutch traders and explorers in the early 1600s.

Mathieu Da Costa 

What is the Underground Railroad?
Did you know that there was a network of safe houses and people who helped fugitive slaves pass from slave states in the US to free states or to Canada between 1840 and 1860?

 Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Visit your virtual library, select Encyclopedia, Canadian Encyclopedia, type underground railroad
or follow this link

On this page, you will also find links to websites among which Black History Canada website at
Click on profiles and you will discover the stories of brave African Canadian citizens

Viola Desmond, read her story:
 Viola Desmond from Halifax,
 faced segregation in the 1940s

Black History Month 2.0

Got a minute? The Underground Railroad
Underground Railroad | Historica - Dominion

La minute du Patrimoine/Le chemin de fer clandestin

*All of this also in French.

Read this!

Aunt Flossie's hats (and crab cakes later), by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
The story of the joyful encounter of the elder and younger generations.

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My Rows and Piles of Coins, by Tololwa M. Mollel
Saruni is saving his money for something special...his very own bicycle. With this, he will be able to help his mother carry all the goods to the market.

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At the Crossroads, by Rachel Isadora A lively portrayal of young children in a South African village eagerly awaiting their fathers' homecoming after ten months of working in the mines

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Ananse's Feast, by Tololwa M. Mollel
Ananse the spider is a greedy fellow. He will soon learn he is not the only one with a trick or two up his sleeve.

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Dear Willie Rudd, by Libba Moore Gr
The bittersweet story of one person's efforts to come to terms with the past.

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 Chicken Sunday, by Patricia Polacco
A story of acceptance, trust, and love.

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Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman
Grace wants to play the part of Peter Pan in a play at her school. But Peter pan is a boy and he is not black..... but Grace's Ma and Nana tells her she can be anything she wants.

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Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, by Deborah Hopkinson
The story of Clara, a resourceful  young girl who uses a cloth to sew a map of the land to find the underground railroad.

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Jafta, by Hugh Lewin
This book tells four stories about universal experiences of childhood in South Africa. 
Martin's big words, by Doreen Rappaport
The life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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And many more.....

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