CIARS in Conversation Series

Africentric Approaches to Teaching History

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This discussion emerges as an opening to contemplate Black historic presence and land relationality on Turtle Island. As such, history calls for centering a deepended conceptualization of Black spatiality. Educators have a responsibility to adopt a stance of teaching and learning from the African continent and its diasporas to uncover the complex histories and contributions of the Continent. Thus, we ask what do educators see their role is in providing students with an opportunity to engage in critical dialogue, reflection and action about historical and contemporary experiences of people of African descent? How do we engage students and educators in ways that move beyond the one month dedicated to Black history, toward a reflection of Black history and excellence through narratives and contributions of Black and African people?

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About the Speakers

Claudette Howell Rutherford

Department Head of Social Science and Humanities | Secondment at Ministry of Education | OACAS Education Outcomes Strategy Committee Member | Serves on regional and municipal steering committees championing race equity | Previously a Director of Youth & Education Programs for Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association

D. Tyler Robinson

Studied Commerce | TDSB HS Educator | Led CSR Youth Mentoring Program Organization | Career in Education at York University

Rosemary Sadlier OOnt 

Writer | Educator | Consultant | Researcher | Social Justice Advocate | International speaker on Black history, anti-racism, and women's issues | previous President of the Ontario Black History Society

Phiona Lloyd-Henry

Moderator | Educator and Vice Principal, Peel District School Board; Former Instructional Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion and Coordinator, We Rise Together Action Plan

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