February is Black History Month in Canada, a time to recognize and celebrate the stories and achievements of Black Canadians. But, beyond February, it’s important to keep the information and dialogue going all year round.
In our own journey of learning at DIVERSEcity, we are compiling Black History and anti-Black racism resources for our clients, staff and peers.
Slavery happened in Canada, too. While Canada played a role in helping Americans escaping slavery via the Underground Railroad, this is only half the story and it’s important to not forget that slavery happened here too. Read more information via the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
This Government of Canada online resources encourages Canadians to learn more about Black history in Canada.
An account of Black history by Canadian Encyclopedia.
In 2001, Library and Archives Canada commemorated the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Anti-Slavery Society of Canada with an exhibition.
Watch these informative Heritage Minutes from the Historica Foundation.
Black History Month websites
In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada following a motion introduced by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first African Canadian woman elected to Parliament,
Black Canadian Organizations
The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) celebrates the historical and contemporary achievements and contributions of Black communities in British Columbia.
A non-profit supporting Black entrepreneurs and small business owners.
A non-profit, charitable organization that addresses equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development.
A business hub supporting Black entrepreneurs.
The Vancouver Chapter of Black Lives Matter in Canada.
The society advocates for Black Vancouverites who have endured the legacies of urban renewal and their erasure from the official historical narrative.
A Pan-Canadian body, the Federation of Black Canadians seeks to discuss the opportunities, contributions, and challenges that exist for people of African descent nationally.
Championing the interests of Black women in Canada.
Empowering young women and girls between the ages of 7-17 years from across Canada
A non-profit organization focused on health, emotionally and physically.
Profiles of Black Canadians
This is an evolving list, so please email email@example.com if you have a resource you would like us to add.