Teach The History Of Oro Medonte and Black Presence All Over Canada In Our Schools
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Above is a picture showing the Historic reopening of the Oro-African Church after restoration work.
This petition is designed to set the historical record straight. The true historical records show that the Nubians, Moors, Blacks, Africans were here long before the French and English and lived in harmony with the natives of this land.
The true history of Nubian, Blacks, Moors, African peoples true contribution to this land as been hidden and suppressed for centuries.
We need children of African descent to learn about the true experiences, contributions and achievements of peoples of African ancestry in Canada.
Not knowing the true history of self creates a false concept of self and a disturb psychology.
The lack of proper historical knowledge of ones people or ancestors creates a false concept of self which destroys our fulfillment of self actualization and self concept.
False or suppressed historical information of self creates a fragmented consciousness and a shattered self identity.
This leads to self destructive action in our youth and children which in the end leads to over incarceration and unbalanced prison sentences.
From the womb to the tomb a call to all parents and guardians now is the time, the time is now, to instill proper historic values in our children going forward.
Imagine going to school in Canada from kindergarten to University and having no knowledge about the contribution of your Ancestors to this country Canada.
This is why this petition is so important to get this history into the school curriculum.
Canada prides itself on being a multicultural society, and youngsters should learn about this key aspect of their past.
Our Recent visit to Oro Medonte was quite revealing.
Oro was intended to settle Black Loyalist refugees after the War of 1812.Black veterans who could be mustered to meet hostile forces coming from Georgian Bay were offered land grants. Among them were veterans of Captain Runchey's Company for Coloured Men, which fought at Stoney Creek, Queenston Heights, Lundy's Lane and St. Davids. Oro settlers also included free persons and the formerly enslaved.
The Wilberforce Street residents of Oro were among the first permanent agricultural settlers in the area. Some of their descendants remained in Oro Township for nearly 130 years and in other parts of Simcoe County to the present.
The Oro Settlement was one of the earliest Black settlements in Ontario. It was not the largest in Upper Canada, but it was the only one that resulted from government planning and encouragement. There were large black settlements in Collingwood, Owen Sound and along lake Simcoe County.
The Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church, built between 1846 and 1849, is a designated National Historic Site. It is one of the last extant buildings erected by a community of African Canadians whose roots were uniquely anchored in the history of United Empire Loyalists and represents the important role that African Canadians played in the defense of Upper Canada during the War of 1812.
The earliest black communities were established in the Maritime Provinces; Birchtown became the largest settlement of free Africans outside Africa.
Most of Ontario's black settlements were in and around Windsor, Chatham, London, St Catharines and Hamilton. Toronto had a black district, and there were concentrations of blacks near Barrie, Owen Sound and Guelph.
If we are successful with this petition this will be invaluable to peoples of color throughout Canada. The current lack of a complete historical curriculum renders our children invisible in school. How is a student supposed to be engaged in a program that leaves such valuable historical information about their ancestors and themselves out of the history books.
There are some who believe that parents and churches should be the only teachers of our history, but why should black history be side-lined in mainstream education?
This is not just a ‘black’ issue therefore we are looking for cross-cultural support for this campaign to include black history in the primary school curriculum.
Sign the petition if you believe that black history can be inspiring to ALL CHILDREN and not just black children, that’s why it needs to be taught in schools.
Sign the petition if you believe that black history should not be segregated into one month, i.e. Black History Month, but integrated into the curriculum.
Sign if you believe Canada is a multicultural society and education should reflect that.
Sign if you have mixed children and you want them to know more about both of their heritages.
Sign if you are proud of ‘black’ history and think it is ‘world’ history.
Don’t sign if you are happy with things as they are and see no need for change or improvement.
We do not believe Black History should just be about slavery or the abolition of slavery, Martin Luther King Jr, etc.. These were major events in black history, but so much more has gone unnoticed, especially in relation to Black Canadian History.
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