In their predominantly white high school in Halifax, a group of black students face daily reminders of racism, ranging from abuse (racist graffiti on washroom walls), to exclusion (the omission of black history from textbooks). They work to establish a Cultural Awareness Youth Group, a vehicle for building pride and self-esteem through educational and cultural programs. With help from mentors, they discover the richness of their heritage and learn some of the ways they can begin to effect change.
Ages 12 to 17
Study Guide - Guide 1
Diversity - Black Studies
Health/Personal Development - Careers & Education
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Media Education - Journalism/News
Before viewing, solicit prior knowledge about history of Black Canadians. After viewing, students add new information. Examine textbooks for content on Black History in Canada; discuss the text as a form of media – who created it? What is the intended message? Identify areas of lack in the curriculum; create a list of desired topics; have students prepare presentations and run a “conference”; involve community members, families or other schools.