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DPCDSB celebrates Black History Month




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Posted on: 2/3/20

DPCDSB hosts its 16th Annual Black History Month Student Symposium

Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools will host many engaging events and activities to celebrate Black History Month, including the Black Futures Symposium, a board-wide Black History student conference on February 25 for secondary school students. This event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton.

Now in its sixteenth year, the symposium will emphasize how the experiences within the black community relate to all cultures and can help inform and evolve our concepts of equity while moving our society forward towards breaking systemic barriers for all. The theme for the symposium is "Igniting Hope in our Past, Present and Future", which is inspired by the Catholic Education Week theme for 2020, "Igniting Hope".

More than 350 students are expected to attend the event, which will include a keynote address by Father Tony Ricard from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, followed by a panel discussion on race, black identity and black consciousness.

"When most of us think about Black History Month, we focus on historical events, specifically the historical struggles of the Black community," said Michelle Coutinho, DPCDSB Principal of Equity and Inclusive Education. "But Black History Month gives all Canadians the opportunity to learn not only about the rich history, but to celebrate the many contributions Black Canadians have made and continue to make."

Symposium speakers include: 

  • Father Tony Ricard, Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • Eden Hagos, Founder of Black Foodie
  • Zalika Reid Benta, Writer
  • Lydia-Joi Marshall, Vice President of the Black Health Alliance
  • Testament Matthew Jones, Spoken Word Artist
  • DJ O-NONYMOUS, DJ and Radio Personality

WHAT:  Black Futures Symposium: Igniting Hope in our Past, Present and Future

WHEN:  Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

WHERE:  Pearson Convention Centre, 2638 Steeles Avenue East, Brampton

In addition to the symposium, schools will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of events, speakers and in-class activities.

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is one of the largest and most diverse school boards in Ontario. It serves over 80,000 students in 151 schools located throughout Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon and Orangeville. With over 10,000 employees, DPCDSB is also one of the largest employers in the region.​

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