The governments Citizenship and Immigration website is a great place to begin when putting together lessons or finding grants for new school programs.
Also, when you’re planning for your 2011 program, remember the Mathieu Da Costa Challenge.
Mathieu Da Costa was a navigator and interpreter of African descent who likely travelled extensively throughout the Atlantic world in the late 1500s and early 1600s.
As an interpreter, he was sought after by the French and the Dutch to help in their trade with Aboriginal people. Mathieu Da Costa likely spoke French, Dutch, Portuguese and pidgin Basque. This language was a common trade dialect used in dealing with Aboriginal peoples in the era of early contact.
The tradition of Europeans relying on Black interpreters was more than a century old by Mathieu Da Costa’s time.
Read more about multiculturalism and ant-racism: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/multiculturalism/mathieudacosta/resources.asp