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Honouring and Learning About Black History

February is Black History Month and students are participating in a variety of ways throughout the District. Learning opportunities include celebrating Black achievements, stories, art, people, joy, history and exploring the diversity of Black communities.

In the lead up to the celebratory month, the Burnaby School District hosted the inaugural event for Black Excellence Day which was attended by more than 12,000 students and staff – beyond double what was initially expected. Seventeen school districts and five independent schools from across the province participated virtually in the event that was created by the Ninandotoo Society. The Burnaby School District was honoured to co-plan the event program with Ninandotoo and lead the outreach to school communities throughout BC.

Several high school students from Burnaby spoke at the event, sharing what Black Excellence means to them. Click here to watch some highlights from the celebrations, which were designed to uplift and bring hope to all.

Read more about awareness-building efforts and anti-racism work happening in Burnaby Schools:

District Hosting Black Excellence Day for Thousands – January 2022
Black Excellence Day Event Hosted by Burnaby School District Draws 12,000-plus
– Burnaby Now, January 20, 2022
Black Excellence Day – CTV News, January 13, 2022
Black Excellence Day at Burnaby Schools – Burnaby Beacon, January 13, 2022
Black Excellence Day – CBC News, January 12, 2022
Burnaby School District Hosts Inaugural Black Excellence Day Event
– Burnaby Now, January 12, 2022
Dismantling Racism: Invitation to Engagement Process – May 2021
Black History Month: Celebrating & Learning – February 2021
Continuing Our Journey: Supporting Anti-Racism – October 2020
Action on Racism: Burnaby Board of Education – June 2020
Celebrating Black History Month in Burnaby Schools – February 2019


Posted February 2022