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On this page you will find a wealth of resources that highlight crucial Awareness Months throughout the year. With a goal of providing meaningful integration of relevant learning and discussion on a regular basis, within the NBS community and beyond, this page will continue to expand as the year continues.

Directly below you will find resources for the most current Awareness Month, and below that you can find an overview of what is to come, as well as an archive of previously shared resources. 
 

March - Women's History Month 

March is Women’s History Month, the celebration began as part of protest movements in North America and Europe related to women’s suffrage (the right to vote). In 1975, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 8 International Women’s Day "to recognize that securing peace, social progress, the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms requires the active participation, equality, and development of women; and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security." From there Women’s History Month was established in different parts of the world. 
 
As we shift from Black History Month to Women’s History Month a reminder that identities are multi-faceted and not monolithic. Check out this TedTalk from Kimberlé Crenshaw about the concept of intersectionality and its importance. (Trigger Warning: video footage of police violence against women in last 3 minutes)
 
Articles: Films and Videos: Online Educational Resources: Take Action:  In celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility - March 31
 
Founded in 2009 by activist Rachel Crandall, March 31 is dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. Crandall was inspired to establish this day as a means to celebrate the resilience and accomplishments of transgender people, in addition to the Trans Day of Remembrance (November 20).    Disclosure (Official Trailer) - from executive producer Laverne Cox and director Sam Feder comes a documentary that chronicles over 100 years of trans representation on screen


Past Resources 

During the month of January we will be bring awareness to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a foundation for Awareness Months to come. The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights “proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status” (United Nations). We encourage the NBS Community to use these resources to understand where and how you can take action to defend and support human rights in our own communities and worldwide.

UN Resources:  Videos: Web links: Educational Resources: Take Action:

February was first recognized, by the Ontario Government, as Black History Month in 1993. In 1995 it became federally recognized. This month is officially Black History Month but we emphasize that Black History is a part of every month! This is not an exhaustive list and we acknowledge that there is not one unanimous Black experience within Canada nor in any other parts of the world. We encourage you to enjoy and explore these beautiful works by Black authors, artists, filmmakers, historians and so many more. 

Upcoming virtual events to celebrate Black History Month: Articles: Books:
These books and many on the NBS Anti-Racism resource page, can be found at A Different Booklist:
  • Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard 
  • The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power by Desmond Cole
  • Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada by Rodney Diverlus, Sandy Hudson and Syrus Marcus Ware 
  • The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal by Afua Cooper 
  • Night's Dancer: The Life of Janet Collins by Janet Collins and Yaël Tamar Lewin
Films and Videos Online Resources: Take Action:
Black Lives Matter – Canada
Urban Alliance on Race Relations 
BlackNorth Initiative 

Click this link to Shop Black Owned Businesses in Toronto!

Calendar 

January

Universal Human Rights Month
Jan 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

February

Black History Month
Feb 15: Family Day
Feb 24: Pink shirt day (anti-bullying)

March

Women’s History Month
Mar 31: Transgender Day of Visibility

April

Cultural Diversity Month
Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Apr 2: World Autism Awareness Day
Apr 22: Earth day

May

Asian Heritage Month

June

Pride (LGBTQ2+) Month
Senior’s Month

July

Indigenous History Month

September

Mental Health Awareness Month
Sept 30: Orange Shirt Day

October

Disabilities Awareness Month
Oct 1: National Seniors Day

November

Anti-Bullying Awareness Month and Indigenous Education Month
Nov 2 - 9: Holocaust Education Week
Nov 2 - 6: Treaty Recognition Week
Nov 7: Inuit Day
Nov 8: Aboriginal Veterans Day
Nov 11: Remembrance Day
Nov 15 - 21: Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

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