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Add Black Canadian
History and Anti-Racism Curriculum to Alberta Programs of Study

Help urge the Minister of Education and your MLA to commit to addressing racism through the addition of a fuller, more storied account of Black Canadian history and the integration of anti-racism coursework in Alberta Programs of Study K-12.

Education reform is a viable and meaningful way to combat racism in Alberta.

A well-rounded educational curriculum that serves the needs of all students must cover the history of and exalt the voices of marginalized communities and peoples in Canada, especially Black Canadians and Indigenous peoples. Helping students come to terms with Canada's complex history and understand the various forms of racism and oppression present in society, gives the leaders of our future the ability to truly understand each other and create a more inclusive society for everyone.

Click below for more about why this is important.


What you can do!

  • Send a letter to the Minister of Education by clicking the button below. Remember to include you name and postal code. If you can personalize the letter— add just a few sentences about why this is important to you— this is most effective in garnering elected official support. (Updated 08/31/2020)


  • Call your MLA directly and use the phone script below to express why you believe it is important for the government to address racism directly through the addition of anti-racism curriculum to Alberta Programs of Study. Find your MLA's number by referring to the MLA Search + Contact List

  • Send a letter to your MLA. Use button below for an automatic e-mail template. You will need to paste your MLA's email into the to: field. Find your MLA's email by referring to the MLA Search + Contact List


If you are an educator that is interested in implementing change within your classroom(s) now by adding anti-racism teachings please review the resources on the Alberta Teacher's Association webpage via the following link:

Thank you for your interest in this letter campaign to have Black Canadian history and anti-racism curriculum added to Alberta program of study (curriculum) for all public schools and accredited funded private schools.

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests have brought the racism that racialized people, specifically Black people, face in Western societies around the world to the forefront. While the protests have only been going on for a few weeks, it is clear that they are already bringing about changes; shift in societal consciousness, restructuring/defunding of public institutions, increased investment in Black communities, etc; and have become the defining civil rights moment of recent generations.

As Albertans’ who want to better our own society and dismantle racism here at home we believe that a fundamental way of doing this is through curricular change by adding Black Canadian history and anti-racism coursework to Alberta programs of study. We believe that a well-rounded educational curriculum that serves the needs of all students must cover the history of and exalt the voices of marginalized communities and peoples in Canada, especially Black Canadians. Aiding students to come to terms with a fuller more storied account of Canadian history and unpack the various forms of racism and oppression present in society, through the teaching of Black History and anti-racism curriculum, gives children the ability to truly understand each other and to create a more inclusive society for everyone.

As racialized Albertans who have faced subtle and overt racism as well as structural racism throughout their time in the K to 12 school system, we are calling on the Alberta Minister of Education, Adriana LaGrange, along with MLAs across the province to do their part in fixing the epidemic of racism that exists in Alberta’s schools. It is not acceptable that students do not learn about Canadian slavery, Africville, Amber Valley, and such figures like John Ware, Viola Desmond, and Charles Daniels in the school system. We disempower Black youth by not sharing these narratives and likewise rob all youth of the ability to truly understand Canada past and present in all its complexity.

While adding Black history to the curriculum would represent a much needed change the ultimate goal is to ensure that the stories and narratives of all marginalized groups in Canada are given attention in the curriculum to foster a shared understanding of our humanity and society, contributing to a more inclusive Alberta for all.


In point form, why the addition of Black History and Anti-Racism Curriculum is important

  • For Black students to be able to see themselves reflected in the curriculum.

  • To help students understand how history influences the present-day struggles of oppressed peoples.

  • To help K-12 students come to terms with a fuller more storied account of Canadian history

  • To create a more inclusive society by fostering a shared understanding of our humanity and society.

  • To reflect the diversity present in Alberta and Canada.

  • To provide teachers with the skills they need to address racism in the classroom (between students and potentially in textbooks).

  • To deconstruct negative representations of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) people.

  • To address the structural biases that exist within educational institutions

Phone Call Script

  1. Introduce Yourself : Say your name, the neighbourhood you live in and that you are calling to have Black history and anti-racism curriculum added to Alberta’s programs of study (curriculum). Example script: “Hello, my name is [NAME], I live in [NEIGHBOURHOOD] and I am a member of your constituency. I am calling today to speak with MLA name about an issue that is important to me, adding more Black history and anti-racism curricula to Alberta’s curriculum.”

  2. Request a Meeting : You are likely to reach your MLA’s administrator or be prompted to leave a voicemail. Ask to set up a a phone meeting with your MLA. We suggest having your calendar on hand. We also recommend reviewing the call script in preparation in case you have the rare chance to speak with your MLA directly.

  3. Let your MLA know why the Addition of Black History and/or Anti-Racism Curriculum is Important to You : When you get to speak with you MLA, introduced yourself and let your MLA know why this matters by identifying 2-3 reasons why this is important to you. Note: If you need help finding 2-3 reasons please see our list below. Example script: “I believe that it is important to add Black history and anti-racism coursework to the curriculum so that racialized people can see themselves reflected in the curriculum, so that we are able to understand how history influences the present-day struggles of oppressed peoples and so that teachers are able to deal with racism inside the classroom.”

  4. Identify 2-3 Priority Areas of Black History and/or Anti-Racism Curriculum : Now that you’ve provided your rationale, it’s time to let your MLA know how things can be improved by providing 2-3 priorities that can be addressed. Note: If you need help finding 2-3 priority areas please see our list below. Example script: “When adding Black history and anti-racism curricula to Alberta schools I believe it is important to prioritizes these two areas: a) Establishing anti-racism curricula that examines the lived experiences of racialized people in the dominant culture. Anti-racism education needs to provide an opportunity for students and teachers to discuss, understand, and address issues of racism in school. b) Providing students with a curriculum that details the history of Black Canadian communities across the country and details their struggles, history of resistance, triumphs and lived experiences.”

  5. Get a Commitment from your MLA : If your MLA agrees that inclusion of Black history and anti-racism curriculum is needed then ask them to verbally commit to advocating for this change. You can ask them if they would be willing to provide a written commitment by sending you an email or replying to the letter you sent via https://albertantiracismedu.carrd.co


Reasons why the addition of Black History and Anti-Racism Curriculum is important

  • For Black students to be able to see themselves reflected in the curriculum.

  • To help students understand how history influences the present-day struggles of oppressed peoples.

  • To help K-12 students come to terms with a fuller more storied account of Canadian history

  • To create a more inclusive society by fostering a shared understanding of our humanity and society.

  • To reflect the diversity present in Alberta and Canada.

  • To provide teachers with the skills they need to address racism in the classroom (between students and potentially in textbooks).

  • To deconstruct negative representations of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) people.

  • To address the structural biases that exist within educational institutions

Priorities Areas for Black History and Anti-Racism Curriculum

  • Establish anti-racism curricula that examines the lived experiences of racialized people in the dominant culture. Anti-racism education needs to provide an opportunity for students and teachers to discuss, understand, and address issues of racism in school.

  • Provide students with a curriculum that details the history of Black Canadian communities across the country and details their struggles, history of resistance, triumphs and lived experiences. 

  • Create Anti-racism curricula that discuss the history of racism in Canada both from systemic and structural perspectives. Provide specific examples of racialized groups in Canada that have been negatively impacted by racist policies.

  • Create anti-racist curriculum across all subjects which examines how modern-day disciplines of study were created based on colonialism, ignore the contributions of racialized colonial subjects and promote the idea of a singular truth.

  • Examine historic events from differing viewpoints, promote different ways of knowing (ie. Indigenous sciences) and study literature by authors from marginalized communities in order to deconstruct the idea of a singular truth and cultivate the understanding amongst students of many truths.

  • Explain all forms of privilege including cultural, linguistic, racial and economic

  • Provide all teachers with thorough anti-racism/ anti oppression courses/training so that they have the knowledge and tools needed to teach and execute anti-racism curriculum.

Easy to use letter template

Copy and paste the text below into the body of your email, send as is -OR- personalize it by adding a few sentences about your perspective.

*Impt: Include your full name and postal code


to: [email protected]

cc: [email protected], [email protected]

Subject: Add Black Canadian History and Anti-Racism Curriculum to Alberta Programs of Study

Dear Honorable Minister Adriana LaGrange,

Education is a central pillar to building an anti-racist and inclusive society. For the educational system to foster and nurture inclusion for all students it starts with teaching the histories of Indigenous peoples on this land and of racialized peoples, especially Blacks, who have settled in Canada. The K-12 curriculum, across all subjects, must also be taught through a lens of anti-racism so that concepts of power, privilege and oppression are continually examined and the voices, ways of knowing and experiences of racialized people are part of the conversation.

The current curriculum fails to adequately educate Canadian children and youth on the history of Black people and other racialized peoples in this country and to share their voices, experiences, ways of knowing and arts. In so doing, this fails to place Black and other people of color in Canada as persons who founded, built and continue to contribute to Canadian society. Placing them instead outside of this country and as foreign, always fighting to be seen as part of the fabric of this country. The centering of whiteness in the curriculum by concentrating on the histories, voices, ways of knowing and arts of White people harms all students as it teaches them that whiteness is the norm and ideal and that anything outside of this is other and holds less worth. This needs to change, all Albertans should feel seen and be able to relate to their peers, not only as individuals but as part of the communities from which they come, having their whole humanity recognized.

In order for the curriculum to be taught through an anti-racist lens and an appropriate amount of Black history to be included, the following priorities must be met:

Provide students and teachers with the terminology central to understanding interpersonal and systemic racism to describe and identify racism accurately.Integrate anti-racist curriculum that discusses the history of racism in Canada from a systemic lens. Provide specific examples of racialized groups in Canada that have been negatively impacted by racist policies.Teach all subjects through an anti-racist lens, examine how modern disciplines of study emerged from colonialism, uplift the contributions of racialized peoples and acknowledge that there are multiple truths and ways of knowing.Provide all teachers with thorough anti-racism/anti-oppression courses/training so that they have the knowledge and tools needed to teach through an anti-racist lens.Encourage anti-racism events, performances and other artistic representations that illustrate the importance of social change towards inclusion.Engage in historical and contemporary analysis of Black Canadian (and other racialized groups) representation or lack thereof in Canadian politics, society and culture.Include Black Canadian history that covers slavery and narratives of Black Canadians since the arrival of the first Black Canadians in 1608. Focus on Black immigration to and settlement in Alberta, lived experiences and the local civil right movements in this province.
Will you commit to a deadline for the implementing for the inclusion of more comprehensive Black history and anti-racist curriculum to Alberta programs of study (curriculum)? Will you demonstrate commitment to the priorities stated above in legislation?

I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]
[YOUR POSTAL CODE]

Contact your elective representative and the Alberta Minister of Education, Hon. Adrianna LaGrange.

Minister of Education LaGrange, Hon. Adriana (UCP), Red Deer-North
[email protected]
[email protected]

Minister of Education
Office of the Minister Education
228 Legislature Building
10800 - 97 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

780.427-5010 | 403.342.226


MLA Contact Information
(Alphabetical order by last name)

Aheer, Hon. Leela Sharon (UCP), Chestermere
[email protected]
403.962.0126

Allard, Mrs. Tracy (UCP), Grande Prairie
[email protected]
780.538.1800

Amery, Mr. Mickey (UCP), Calgary-Cross
[email protected]
403.248.4487

Armstrong-Homeniuk, Ms. Jackie (UCP), Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville
[email protected]
780.632.6840

Barnes, Mr. Drew (UCP), Cypress-Medicine Hat
[email protected]
403.528.2191

Bilous, Mr. Deron (NDP), Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview
[email protected]
780.476.6467

Carson, Member Jon (NDP), Edmonton-West
[email protected]
780.414.0711

Ceci, Mr. Joe (NDP), Calgary-Buffalo
[email protected]
403.244.7737

Cooper, Hon. Nathan (UCP), Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills
[email protected]
403.556.3132

Copping, Hon. Jason (UCP), Calgary-Varsity
[email protected]
403.216.5436

Dach, Mr. Lorne (NDP), Edmonton-McClung
[email protected]
780.408.1860

Dang, Mr. Thomas (NDP), Edmonton-South
[email protected]
780.643.9153

Deol, Mr. Jasvir (NDP), Edmonton-Meadows
[email protected]
780.466.3737

Dreeshen, Hon. Devin (UCP), Innisfail-Sylvan Lake
[email protected]
403.865.7580

Eggen, Mr. David (NDP), Edmonton-North West
[email protected]

Ellis, Mr. Mike (UCP), Calgary-West
[email protected]
403.216.5439

Feehan, Mr. Richard (NDP), Edmonton-Rutherford
[email protected]
780.414.1311

Fir, Hon. Tanya (UCP), Calgary-Peigan
[email protected]
587.392.8850

Ganley, Ms. Kathleen (NDP), Calgary-Mountain View
[email protected]
403.216.5445

Getson, Mr. Shane (UCP), Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland
[email protected]
780.967.0760

Glasgo, Ms. Michaela (UCP), Brooks-Medicine
[email protected]
587.270.5110

Glubish, Hon. Nate (UCP), Strathcona-Sherwood Park
[email protected]
780.416.2492

Goehring, Ms. Nicole (NDP), Edmonton-Castle Downs
[email protected]
780.414.0705

Goodridge, Ms. Laila (UCP), Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche
[email protected]
780.588.7979

Gotfried, Mr. Richard (UCP), Calgary-Fish Creek
[email protected]
403.278.4444

Gray, Ms. Christina (NDP), Edmonton-Mill Woods
[email protected]
780.414.1000

Guthrie, Mr. Pete (UCP), Airdrie-Cochrane
[email protected]
587.493.2050

Hanson, Mr. David B. (UCP), Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St. Paul
[email protected]
780.826.5658

Hoffman, Ms. Sarah (NDP), Edmonton-Glenora
[email protected]
780.455.7979

Horner, Mr. Nate (UCP), Drumheller-Stettler
[email protected]
587.774.0306

Hunter, Hon. Grant (UCP), Taber-Warner
[email protected]
403.223.0001

Irwin, Member Janis (NDP), Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood
[email protected]
780.414.0682

Issik, Ms. Whitney (UCP), Calgary-Glenmore
[email protected]
403.216.5421

Jones, Mr. Matt (UCP), Calgary-South East
[email protected]
403.215.8930

Kenney, Premier Jason (UCP), Calgary-Lougheed
[email protected]
403.238.1212

LaGrange, Hon. Adriana (UCP), Red Deer-North
[email protected]
403.342.2263

Loewen, Mr. Todd (UCP), Central Peace-Notley
[email protected]
780.835.7211

Long, Mr. Martin (UCP), West Yellowhead
[email protected]
780.712.7790

Lovely, Ms. Jackie (UCP), Camrose
[email protected]
780.672.0000

Loyola, Member Rod (NDP), Edmonton-Ellerslie
[email protected]
780.414.2000

Luan, Hon. Jason (UCP), Calgary-Foothills
[email protected]
403.216.5444

Madu, QC, Hon. Kaycee (UCP), Edmonton-South West
[email protected]
780.415.8692

McIver, Hon. Ric (UCP), Calgary-Hays
[email protected]
403.215.4380

Milliken, Mr. Nicholas (UCP), Calgary-Currie
[email protected]
403.246.4794

Nally, Hon. Dale (UCP), Morinville-St. Albert
[email protected]
780.572.6161

Neudorf, Mr. Nathan (UCP), Lethbridge-East
[email protected]
403.320.1011

Nicolaides, Hon. Demetrios (UCP), Calgary-Bow
[email protected]
403.216.5400

Nielsen, Mr. Chris (NDP), Edmonton-Decore
[email protected]
780.414.1328

Nixon, Hon. Jason (UCP), Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre
[email protected]
403.638.5029

Nixon, Mr. Jeremy (UCP), Calgary-Klein
[email protected]
403.216.5430

Notley, Ms. Rachel (NDP), Edmonton-Strathcona
[email protected]
780.414.0702

Orr, Mr. Ronald (UCP) Lacombe-Ponoka
[email protected]
403.782.7725

Pancholi, Ms. Rakhi (NDP), Edmonton-Whitemud
[email protected]
780.413.5970

Panda, Hon. Prasad (UCP), Calgary-Edgemont
[email protected]
403.288.4453

Phillips, Ms. Shannon (NDP), Lethbridge-West
[email protected]
403.329.4644

Pitt, Mrs. Angela (UCP), Airdrie-East
[email protected]
403.948.8741

Pon, Hon. Josephine (UCP), Calgary-Beddington
[email protected]
403.215.7710

Rehn, Mr. Pat (UCP), Lesser Slave Lake
[email protected]
825.219.1000

Reid, Mr. Roger (UCP), Livingstone-Macleod
[email protected]
825.212.2000

Renaud, Ms. Marie (NDP), St. Albert
[email protected]
780.459.9113

Rosin, Ms. Miranda (UCP), Banff-Kananaskis
[email protected]
403.609.4509

Rowswell, Mr. Garth (UCP), Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright
[email protected]
780.842.6177

Rutherford, Mr. Brad (UCP), Leduc-Beaumont
[email protected]
780.929.3290

Sabir, Mr. Irfan (NDP), Calgary-McCall
[email protected]
403.216.5424

Savage, Hon. Sonya (UCP), Calgary-North West
[email protected]
403.297.7104

Sawhney, Hon. Rajan (UCP), Calgary-North East
[email protected]
587.318.2946

Schmidt, Mr. Marlin (NDP), Edmonton-Gold Bar
[email protected]
780.414.1015

Schow, Mr. Joseph (UCP), Cardston-Siksika
[email protected]
403.653.5070

Schulz, Hon. Rebecca (UCP), Calgary-Shaw
[email protected]
403.256.8969

Schweitzer, Doug, Calgary-Elbow, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
[email protected]
780 427-2339

Shandro, QC, Hon. Tyler (UCP), Calgary-Acadia
[email protected]
403.640.1363

Shepherd, Mr. David (NDP), Edmonton-City Centre
[email protected]
780.414.0743

Sigurdson, Ms. Lori (NDP), Edmonton-Riverview
[email protected]
780.414.0719

Sigurdson, Mr. R.J. (UCP), Highwood
[email protected]
403.995.5488

Singh, Mr. Peter (UCP), Calgary-East
[email protected]
587.496.2052

Smith, Mr. Mark (UCP), Drayton Valley-Devon
[email protected]
b.ca

780.542.3355

Stephan, Mr. Jason (UCP), Red Deer-South
[email protected]
403.340.3565

Sweet, Ms. Heather (NDP), Edmonton
[email protected]b.ca
825.412.2050

Toews, Hon. Travis (UCP), Grande Prairie-Wapiti
[email protected]
825.412.2050

Toor, Mr. Devinder (UCP), Calgary-Falconridge
[email protected]
403.280.4022

Turton, Mr. Searle (UCP), Spruce Grove-Stony Plain
[email protected]
780.962.6606

van Dijken, Mr. Glenn (UCP), Athabasca-Barrhead-Westlock
[email protected]
780.674.3225

Walker, Mr. Jordan (UCP), Sherwood
[email protected]
780.417.4747

Williams, Mr. Dan (UCP), Peace River
[email protected]
780.928.5100

Wilson, Hon. Rick (UCP), Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin
[email protected]
780.360.8003

Yao, Mr. Tany (UCP), Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo
[email protected]
780.790.6014

Yaseen, Mr. Muhammad (UCP), Calgary-North
[email protected]
403.274.1931

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