The Historica-Dominion Institute Celebrates Black History Month New Updates to Award-Winning Black History Canada Portal

February 8, 2010

Just in time for Black History Month, the Historica-Dominion Institute, with the support of TD Bank Financial Group, has launched the newly redesigned Black History Canada Portal.

Toronto - February 8, 2010 – Just in time for Black History Month, the Historica-Dominion Institute, with the support of TD Bank Financial Group, has launched the newly redesigned Black History Canada Portal (www.BlackHistoryCanada.ca).

This bilingual online gateway provides teachers, students, the media and all Canadians with a thematically organized and annotated selection of authoritative resources that have been vetted for historical accuracy and relevance. The newly redesigned site features embedded video from the well-known Heritage Minutes series, an expanded timeline of important events in Black history in Canada, profiles of celebrated Black Canadians and over 50 new illustrations.

“February is an important time for us to celebrate Canada’s diversity and to recognize the many contributions of Black Canadians,” says Andrew Cohen, President of the Historica-Dominion Institute. “The Black History Canada Portal is a fantastic resource for media, teachers, students, and all Canadians who want to learn more about the history of Canada’s Black community.”

“TD is thrilled to be celebrating and building awareness of Black History Month,” says Scott Mullin, Vice President, Government and Community Relations, TD Bank Financial Group. “The re-designed Black History Canada Portal is an educational and engaging resource for all Canadians to learn about the many significant contributions of Black Canadians.”

TD Bank Financial Group also provided the funding for the development of the first edition of the Black History Canada portal in 2006. TD Bank Financial Group also sponsors The Historica-Dominion Institute’s Passages to Canada program, a speakers’ bureau of 600 immigrants who share their stories of coming to Canada with classrooms and community groups across the country.

The Historica-Dominion Institute is a national charitable organization launched on September 1, 2009 through the amalgamation of two existing organizations: The Historica Foundation of Canada and The Dominion Institute. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada. Some of its signature programs include: Encounters with Canada, The Memory Project, Passages to Canada and The Canadian Encyclopedia. Discover the Historica-Dominion Institute at www.historica-dominion.ca.


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For more information:

Chantal Gagnon
Media Relations
The Historica-Dominion Institute
416.506.1867 ext.: 238
cgagnon@historica-dominion.ca