Alberta’s current social studies curriculum provides students with many learning opportunities to value the diversity, respect the dignity, and support the equality of all human beings. There is a strong focus on Canadian history, including issues related to the histories, cultures, and contributions of people of African and Caribbean descent. The Kindergarten to Grade 12 Social Studies Programs of Study also provide opportunities for students in all grades to examine current events.
- John Ware was Alberta’s first settler of African descent, arriving in the foothills in 1882, before Alberta was a province. John Ware helped to lay the foundations of the ranching industry in western Canada.
- In 1954, Calgary-born Violet King Henry became the first black person to graduate law in Alberta and to be admitted to the Alberta Bar, and the first black female lawyer in Canada.
- Alberta has the third-highest black population in Canada: 129,390 (2016 census).
- On January 31, 2017, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley officially proclaimed February as Black History Month. Through the proclamation, Alberta joined British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec in officially recognizing Black History Month.
- The Government of Canada officially recognized Black History Month in 1995.
- The United Nations proclaimed 2015–2024 the Decade for People of African Descent.