What is Black History Month?

A celebration of the achievements and contributions of Black Canadians to the history and culture of Canada. 

The Ontario Black History Society was created in 1978 and petitioned the City of Toronto to have February become Black History Month.

In December 1995 the House of Canada officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada following a motion introduced by Dr. Jean Augustine the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.

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Artwork by Jared Whittingham

 

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Black History Media

 

 

 

 

Enjoy videos showcasing Black Lives Matter activism around Canada and the globe as well as a focus on Black Canadians and their contributions to Canada’s history and culture throughout the years!

 

Black History Month 

A video showcasing Black Lives Matter activism in Canada as well as quotes from well-known figures in the Black community.

 

The Importance of Black History Month 

An interview with the Minister of Diversity of Inclusion and Toronto’s own Brandon Gonez on celebrating Canadian Black History.

 

CBC’s Kids Black Canadian History Lunchbox Rap Battle!

Historic Black Canadian taught to you through a catchy rap battle!

 

The 28 Moments in Black History Project

Enjoy a series created by Unilearnal of Black Youth speaking about their experiences in Canada, their goals, aspirations, and interests and giving a small history lesson on an important moments and figures in Black Canadian history.

 

Proud of our History

A short look at historic Canadian figures presented by Canadian Heritage