Acknowledges contributions of Senator Donald Oliver to the black community and to Canada
Every year, during the month of February, Canadians are invited to commemorate the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present, during Black History Month.
Black History Month was officially recognized in the House of Commons in 1995 and confirmed by Parliament in 2008 by a motion presented by the Honourable Donald Oliver, the first Black man appointed to the Senate. In his motion to recognize February as Black History Month, Senator Oliver said, “The month-long celebration encourages us to honour the significant role that Black people, both past and present, have played in shaping the mosaic of Canada and its values.” Indeed, it provides an opportunity to become better educated about the many important roles that Black Canadians have played and continue to play in the life of Canada.
“February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day” is the theme chosen this year by the public service to acknowledge and honour the rich history of Black People in Canada. Taking the time to continually expand our knowledge and learn more about the history of Black Canadians, their contributions, and the ongoing discrimination they face is an action we can all take to help build a more equitable, respectful and fair society and workplace.
Throughout February there are several virtual initiatives you may wish to partake in and that speaks to a variety of interests such as music, health and wellness, learning and information seminars, as well as cultural enrichment.
Further information can be found on the following sites: Black History Ottawa; National Film Board; MacEwan University; United Nations – International Decade for People of African Descent (Bilingual)
Be sure to take this opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn more about Canada’s history and future during this year’s Black History Month.