Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
District 13 Durham

Black History Month

Celebrating and Honouring Black Excellence Competition

All racialized/black students are invited to participate in our “Celebrating and Honouring Black Excellence competition by submitting a product that celebrates Black identities and/or overcoming adversity.


Teachers are encouraged to incorporate the challenge into your curriculum. The products could include spoken word/slam poetry, short stories, speeches, visual arts, drama presentations, song, dance, essays, graphic arts, poster campaigns, or any multi-media projects. The possibilities are endless.


We are asking that the challenge be launched with students during the month of February in recognition of Black History Month.  All entries are to be submitted by Fri Mar 3rd at 3:00pm  The winners will be selected by committee and announced the end of March. We plan to combine all entries into a resource or post on our website in celebration!


A prize pot of up to $500.00 has been secured and will be split into prizes based on the number and quality of the entries we receive.


Please forward your submissions to your branch president or directly to Garrett in the district office.


If you have any questions or would like further clarification, please reach out to Garrett in the office: 905 668 7100 or garrett.metcalfe@d13.osstf.ca

In federation,


Your D13 Human Rights Committee





Canadian Black Lives - OSSTF Resource

Canadian Black Lives (CBL) is an Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF/FEESO) member created curriculum resource that was developed in an effort to provide members with guidance and information to support the ongoing work of learning about the heritages, histories, cultures, and contributions of the African Diaspora in Canada. The intent is for this resource to illustrate how this knowledge can be highlighted in various subject areas.

This curriculum resource tells a story of resistance, resilience and rising. The content of this document will assist education workers in bridging the gaps in knowledge of Black History and building a growing body of resources to support teaching about Canadian Black Lives and anti-Black racism in Canada.

The teaching of African Canadian history should not be viewed as an “event,” but rather as an ongoing process taking place throughout the school year, not just during Black History Month. The intent of the information presented in this document is to build teacher background knowledge on the accomplishments and contributions of people of African descent to Canadian history.

The CBL Writing Team strongly believe that Anti-racism in teaching and learning is ongoing, intentional, and requires commitment. By sharing this resource the CBL Writing Team and OSSTF/FEESO encourages all educators to improve their daily practice, raise their awareness and take deliberate and urgent action to dismantle systemic oppression and anti-Black racism through secondary course and program delivery throughout the province.

Visit the OSSTF Provincial Website/Resource Centre/Curricular Materials and Classroom Resources/Canadian Black Lives
Canadian Black Lives


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