Black History Month is officially recognized in Canada annually during the month of February. The Honourable Jean Augustine was the first Black Canadian women elected to Parliament and she introduced the motion in December 1995. The motion was unanimously carried by the House of Commons and February was officially declared Black History Month.
During February, various events and activities are planned to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions and achievements of Black Canadians, both past and present. February serves as an intentional reminder to dust off our history books and take a journey back in time to honour, celebrate, and remember all our fellow Black Canadians who have tirelessly advocated, educated and campaigned to move Canada forward on many critical societal issues. Celebrating the achievements of Black Canadians is vital to the growth of our country and for the achievement of true equality.
On February 1, 2021 – The Canadian School of Public Services is hosting the Virtual Cafe Series: Lived Experience of Black Canadians. Join keynote speakers Dori Tunstall and Adrian Harewood as they share their achievements, challenges and hopes for the future, as well as their opinions for achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. Register online.