Interviews and reports

Being Black in Canada

CBC | When Luke Ignace thinks about the things he misses most about his home in the Bahamas, he can’t help but think about his barber. Read his story and many more CBC reports related to Black History Month in their special section entitled Being Black in Canada.

Special edition of The Link to celebrate Black History Month

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Marc Montgomery | A special programme of The Link to mark Black History Month in Canada. Your hosts, Lynn and Marc, with special guests Claire-Anse Saint-Eloi- assistant coordinator for the round table on Black History Month; Deborah Forde- Montreal Black History Month Laureate, and Pat Dillon-Moore- spokesperson for Montreal’s Black History Month. Recorded at Espace Mushagalusa in downtown Montreal, on February 22nd 2019.     

Anti-violence campaign involves black youth in Ontario

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Lynn Desjardins | As part of a $47-million-dollar anti-racist Black Youth Action Plan, the government of the province on Ontario has mandated several campaigns including one that involves five videos and four live events. The project by Innovate Inclusion aims to reduce instances of violence. “The Violence 360 campaign takes a preventative approach by providing the black community as well as the community at large with examples…

Black History Month: time for it to go?

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Carmel Kilkenny | Black History Month may have outlived its usefulness according to Bee Quammie, a young writer, speaker and producer in Toronto. Listen to the interview At the beginning of February in 2017, Quammie aired her views on the CBC’s National news broadcast, talking about why it was “Time for Black History Month To Go”. She described being “fed up with the whole thing”, having the talks…

Positive change for black youth in Ontario is project goal

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Lynn Desjardins | The Toronto company, Urban Rez Solutions has launched a three-pronged project as part of a province of Ontario government campaign to reduce violence for its black citizens. The government has committed $47 million over four years to its Black Youth Action Plan and the funds will go to several groups in hopes of supporting 10,800 black children, youth and their families annually. ‘Telling our…

Black families historic land claims moving forward

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Carmel Kilkenny | Black families in Nova Scotia are among the original settlers of this country. “Freedom and a farm” During the American Revolution the first wave of Black Loyalists, who were then slaves in the 13 colonies the began the United States, came north lured by the British promise of “freedom and a farm”. They served with the British forces and were settled on some of…

Ontario acts on violence against blacks

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Lynn Desjardins | Three groups are getting government funding to help reduce violence for black children, youth and families in the province of Ontario. The campaigns will work on prevention by looking at the root causes of violence. One project called Innovate Inclusion involves producing between three and five YouTube videos featuring young adults who have overcome violence. They will speak to the importance of self-worth and…

Celebrating Black History Month, in ways large and small

CBC | Nantali Indongo | CBC’s Arts & Culture contributor Nantali Indongo offers up a few suggestions of events and ways to celebrate     On the eve of Black History Month, I hung out at the Eaton Centre and McGill Metro station asking Montrealers their thoughts on the significance of the month-long celebration. Despite my big smile and welcoming demeanour in full-on Quebec winter gear, people ran away from…

Your guide to Hamilton’s 2018 Black History Month events

CBC Hamilton | It’s Black History Month, and there are dozens of events scheduled in Hamilton to celebrate the city’s black community. Here’s a list of what’s happening. Anything we’re missing? Send you event along to hamilton@cbc.ca and we’ll include it in our listing. Feb. 1 Niagara, Black Waters Flow Deep: Solomon Moseby’s Flight from Slavery. “Solomon Moseby’s story was a very significant part of the Canadian slavery and freedom debate in Upper Canada,…

Black History Month: We’re here and we mean business

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Marc Montgomery | The second annual International Black Economic Forum  This major economic event takes place this weekend in Montreal. Frantz Saintellemy, entrepreneur is the honorary president this year of the international forum. He is also the founder of Group 3737, a business incubator and accelerator in Montreal. Listen to the interview The second year for the forum shows how the event has grown, and also how it…

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Luc Simard – Director of Diversity and Relations. Radio-Canada

Your opinion on Black History Month

Black History Month is only celebrated in North America and in the UK. Do you think it should be celebrated all over the world?

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