Black History Month Livestream

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Our Black History Month livestream will be for Grades 6-8, showcasing 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 high school livestream or a French livestream? See here.


  • The discussion was live on Wednesday, February 23 at 12:00 EST, 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 in-class or remote learning, for Grades 6 to 8. 
  • Presented in English, with a French-subtitled version available after the live event. 
  • Entirely free of charge!


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.


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

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

See here for descriptions and content advisories.


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1. Register

Fill out our online registration form.

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2. Before the Livestream

Watch the films with your students via a streaming link or DVD provided by REEL CANADA.

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3. Livestream

Log in to watch the online webcast LIVE, or watch a recording of it later.

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4. Participate

From their own devices, students can engage in interactive activities (e.g. polls, discussion threads, and more)

Not an Elementary School Teacher? Not a problem.

This livestream is intended for Grades 6-8, but on April 20, we’re running a similar one for high schools. Or French classes can watch a recording of our French anti-racism livestream from the fall. Go to for more details.


You can also download all this information as a shareable, printer-friendly PDF flyer: