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Canada Black Lives Matter N.B. plans to bring Black history to public school curriculum

02:15  29 july  2020
02:15  29 july  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Organizers from the Saint John Black Lives Matter Movement are in the process of pushing for New Brunswick black history to be a part of the provincial school curriculum . The president of the Saint John Black Lives Matter Movement, Matthew Martin, who grew up in New Brunswick, says he

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a person standing in front of a building: As part of their official call to action, Black Live Matter Fredericton has a long term goal of meaningful incorporation of black history within the public school curriculum. © Megan Yamoah / Global News As part of their official call to action, Black Live Matter Fredericton has a long term goal of meaningful incorporation of black history within the public school curriculum.

Black Lives Matter (BLM) Fredericton says it has a long-term goal of meaningful incorporation of Black history within the New Brunswick public school curriculum.

For the first move, the provincial BLM chapter will launch an educational resource website for teachers with research funded by the University of New Brunswick.

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New Brunswick’s black history may soon become part of the education system’s curriculum . As Tim Roszell reports, the head of the Saint John chapter of Black Lives Matter met with government officials this week to discuss the move.

"They will be able to access lesson plans, videos, documentaries and just a wealth of knowledge and resources on how to teach their students about New Brunswick black history,” said Husoni Raymond, a BLM Fredericton founding member.

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Raymond says getting this content in the public school curriculum could take three years, "we wanted to work on a short term project that we could get Black history in schools right away," he says.

BLM Fredericton will join forces with members of the UNB faculty of Education for the project.

"We will be in close collaboration throughout the process with Black Lives Matter Fredericton ensuring that whatever we do is in line with objectives of the group and caters to the needs of the Black community here," said Alicia Noreiga-Mundaroy a UNB Education PhD candidate.

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New Brunswick’s black history may soon become part of the education system’s curriculum . As Tim Roszell reports, the head of the Saint John chapter of Black Lives Matter met with government officials this week to discuss the move.

New Brunswick’s black history may soon become part of the education system’s curriculum . As Tim Roszell reports, the head of the Saint John chapter of Black Lives Matter met with government officials this week to discuss the move.

With funding, research assistants will be hired and a dedicated site will be launched in January, just in time for Black history month.

Raymond says it's important to note lessons won't focus only on slavery.

"Black Loyalists came to New Brunswick and the Black Loyalist contributed to the development of this province, contributions that Black Canadians have been making to our communities for centuries have been erased,” he said.

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Education Minister Dominic Cardy says the province can and will fix this.

"We have got to do something to strengthen the curriculum. Right now the only explicit mention in the anglophone curriculum is in a Grade 7 social studies class and it's about pre-confederation,” said Cardy.

BLM Fredericton is now looking for a funding commitment from the province, and they would like a Black educational specialist to oversee the project.

"We are looking for tangible and specific commitments from the minister and we will be meeting with him very soon to discuss this so that we can move forward,” said Raymond.

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