Statements on mandatory Black history learning


Multiracial group of student people listening teacher in classroom at high school

“Since its inception, OPSBA’s Black Trustees’ Caucus (BTC) has been advocating for this enhancement to Ontario’s curriculum and we are thrilled it has come to fruition. The minister has said it before, and BTC strongly affirms, Black history is Canadian history.

The Canadian identity is not a singular story. Learning about Canada’s Black communities and Black leaders will help all students be prepared for a future that is not limited to the confines of their immediate surroundings, but one that encompasses an appreciation of how this country’s rich heritage was formed.

Learning about the Black experience, both past and present, will help all students move beyond the awareness that celebrating Black History Month entails. In strong public education systems, students learn their true and full histories, they recognize how lessons from the past can help create better futures, and they understand how diverse historical and current perspectives help build strong foundations in democratic societies.

We are grateful that the ministry will continue to modernize Ontario’s curriculum through consultation and engagement with Black communities as it is vital for a range of voices and perspectives to be honoured and valued in the creation of this new curriculum. “

Kathy McDonald, Chair, Black Trustees’ Caucus of OPSBA

“OPSBA welcomes this announcement, which is an important moment for all Ontarians. Embedded curriculum will help ensure our students learn about the history, contributions, and excellence of Black Canadians.”

Cathy Abraham, President, OPSBA

For more information, please contact:

Shane Gonsalves
Managing Director, Government and Public Affairs


T.J. Goertz
Senior Communications and Policy Officer