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Educational Resources

Black Communities in Canada:
Understanding Social Change through People and Places

Featured website: Under A Northern Star
Ages: 14–18
Subjects: Social Studies, History


In this educational resource, students must analyze the role of the individual in creating social change. They will explore how key people and organizations contribute to change within a society, using examples of members and organizations from Canada's historical Black communities.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • explore the dynamics of social change.
  • understand the struggle of different social groups for human rights.
  • recognize the relationship between historical events and present-day social issues.

Educational Resource Summary

Below is a table summarizing the activities in this educational resource. The table headings are: Title, Description, and Additional Formats.

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Title Description Additional Formats
Curriculum Connections A table showing where the activities meet provincial/territorial curriculum. [PDF 44 KB]
[RTF 200 KB]
Activity 1
Who Were the Key Players?
Students will search for key figures and organizations in Black communities in Canada and explore their historical role. [PDF 37 KB]
[RTF 166 KB]
Handout 1.1 Student handout of directions for Activity 1. [PDF 38 KB]
[RTF 176 KB]
Activity 2
Reflection: Why Is this Subject Important?
Students will reflect on human rights, cultural norms and citizen participation in the past, and compare the same issues today in debate or essay format. [PDF 31 KB]
[RTF 174 KB]
Handout 2.1 Student handout of directions for Activity 2. [PDF 41 KB]
[RTF 196 KB]
Evaluation Tools A list of assessable behaviours for essay response, and for oral response. [PDF 33 KB]
[RTF 202 KB]
Activity Resources A list of selected websites to help students with their research. [PDF 44 KB]
[RTF 204 KB]