MEDIA ADVISORY: Students in Niagara Region celebrate Black History Month and Bicentennial of the War of 1812 with live demonstration of CIC’s virtual museum

Posted February 22, 2012

What:Karen Shadd, a Communications Advisor with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and descendant of Mary Ann Shadd Cary, will deliver a presentation to Gr. 4-8 students in honour of Black History Month.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary led a remarkable life as a prominent anti-slavery and women’s rights crusader, teacher, journalist and lawyer. A gifted lecturer and writer, she founded Canada’s first anti-slavery newspaper and established a racially integrated school. After returning to the United States, she became one of North America’s first black female lawyers.

Karen Shadd will share her family’s history and take students on a tour of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s online virtual museum, Canadian Black History – An Interactive Experience.

When: Friday, February 24, 2012

10:00 a.m.
St. Davids Public School (Gymnasium)
1344 York Road
St. Davids, ON L0S 1P0

1:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School (Library)
3650 Netherby Road
Stevensville ON, L0S 1S0

Media are invited to attend. Photography and audio-visual equipment are permitted.

Every February during Black History Month, we honour the legacy of black Canadians who have helped make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we are today.  In recognition of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, this year’s theme is The Contribution of Black Soldiers in the Fight for Canada. Many celebrations will focus on the wartime sacrifices made by black Canadian soldiers.


CIC’s virtual museum showcases black history exhibits from museums across Canada.


For more information about Black History Month, please visit


Media contacts:


Jen Burkholder

Media Relations, Ontario Region

Citizenship and Immigration Canada


Katie Farr

Media and Communications

Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council

905-984-3626 ext. 3456