Our Black History Month livestream for Grades 6-8 showcases a variety of Canadian short films focused on Black stories and perspectives on the theme of anti-racism.

The livestream includes an interactive conversation with an award-winning filmmaker and students from across the country.

Complete with lesson plans, students will have an opportunity to engage through our online platform in polls, Q&A, chat, discussion boards, etc.

Interested in a French-language livestream?

What You Need to Know

entirely free of charge!

  • The discussion was live on February 23, 2022, but you can still watch an interactive recording.
  • Includes lesson plans, sensitivity support resources, extension activities, and of course, access to the films.
  • Suitable for Grades 6 to 8, for in-class or remote learning.
  • Presented in English, with a French-subtitled version also available
Alicia K. Harris

Alicia is an award-winning filmmaker from Scarborough, Ontario, whose work is dedicated to celebrating Black people, especially Black youth. Her short film Pick, screening as part of this programme, earned a prize for Best Live Action Short at the 2020 Canadian Screen Awards. Her 2021 short Only Light Will Touch Us won the Impact Award at the CineFam Film Festival.

Garvia Bailey, Moderator

Garvia Bailey is a co-founder of the podcast production company Media Girlfriends Inc. Her career in media spans close to two decades as a producer, host and columnist for the CBC and JazzFM. She is host of the Canadian Black History podcast Strong and Free, produced by Historica Canada and Media Girlfriends Inc. Garvia’s work is centered on inclusion, care and excellence in journalism.

About the FilmS

We are presenting four short films in the programme, totaling 45 minutes:

  • Ice Breakers (15 min)
  • Snow (10 min)
  • Lessons Injustice (9 min)
  • Pick (11 min)

See here for descriptions and content advisories.

How Does It Work?
  1. REGISTER: Fill out our online registration form to access the livestream.
  2. WATCH THE FILM: Watch the film with your students via a DVD or streaming link provided by REEL CANADA.
  3. WATCH THE LIVESTREAM & PARTICIPATE: Watch a recording of the livestream, and use our interactive platform to participate in polls, discussion threads, and more.
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