SRCE Celebrates African Heritage Month 2024

Strait Regional Centre for Education Celebrates African Heritage Month 2024: Our Smiles, Our Joy, Our Resilience as African Nova Scotians
Posted on 02/01/2024

February is recognized internationally as African Heritage Month – a time to celebrate and share the culture, history and achievements of people of African Descent from all over the world. The African Heritage Month 2024 theme, Our Smiles, Our Joy, Our Resilience as African Nova Scotians, recognizes the spirit of perseverance people of African Descent have demonstrated over the centuries in Nova Scotia. As noted on the African Heritage Month 2024 poster, it can be said that our smiles can tell a story, they can share our joy and can share our resilience. This African Heritage Month we celebrate our heritage and culture and the incredible spirt to overcome. The theme also aligns with the final year of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (DPAD) 2015-2024. The goal of DPAD is to strengthen global cooperation in support of people of African descent, increase awareness and the passage towards presence in all aspects of society.

Throughout the school year, and especially in February, teachers incorporate a variety of educational lessons in their classroom instruction that focus on the history, culture and achievements of people of African Descent. African Heritage Month provides another opportunity for all of us to join in the celebration and promotion of the culture, legacy, achievements, and contributions of people of African descent in Nova Scotia – past and present.

The SRCE has designated the week of February 12 to 16, 2024, as African Heritage Month Reading Week. During this week, community elders, parents, guardians and regional staff will be invited to read with students. In addition, teachers will incorporate the Re-Imagine African Heritage Month resources in a variety of thought-provoking educational lessons in their classroom instruction to support student learning as they listen to one another’s perspectives, interpretation and views of the world; learn about our shared history; share and celebrate cultures; and discuss ways to act to make our communities a better place for all. These learning opportunities will focus on diversity, inclusion and equity to highlight the connection of our past to today and how this information shapes and enhances our understanding. This is also the perfect time for each of us to reflect on our shared history and understanding of the contributions and traditions of people of African Descent.

These initiatives also align well with the SRCE System Improvement Plan goal to foster student well-being through the creation of safe, positive, inclusive and culturally responsive learning and work environments. 

The Strait Regional Centre for Education encourages students, families, staff and community members to share in the celebration of African Heritage Month 2024.

There are valuable educational resources about African History at our disposal. The on-line resources listed below that will provide information and insight into the contributions of people of African heritage in Nova Scotia, Canada and the world.

African Canadian Services Branch

African Nova Scotian Affairs

Afrikan Canadian Heritage and Friendship Centre

Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia

Black History in Canada (Library and Archives Canada)

Black History in Canada - Kayak

Black Loyalists: Our History, Our People

Canadian Black History for Kids - For Librarian Technicians

Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute

Department of Canadian Heritage - Government of Canada

Historica Canada

Inspirational Black Canadians - ELLE Magazine

Looking Back, Moving Forward: Documenting the Heritage of African Nova Scotians (Nova Scotia Archives)

Museum of Industry - “Remembering Black Loyalists, Black Communities" Program

Nova Scotia Archives Heritage Exhibit

Noteworthy Historical Figures - Government of Canada

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - The King Center

Rights Revolution in Canada (Canadian Encyclopedia)

The Canadian Encyclopedia – Viola Desmond

[NOTE: The above links are provided for information purposes only. The Strait Regional Centre for Education is not responsible for the information contained in these resource links.]

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