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“You cannot paint white on white, black on black.  

Each needs the other to be. “

African proverb

In February 2018, as every year, Radio-Canada marks Black History Month with a varied program on all platforms.
This site includes exclusive content and recent archives on the realities facing our black fellow citizens. Learn more

Portraits of Black Canadians

Find out more about black Canadians who contributed to the building of Canada and who are making their mark every day.

About Black History Month

The first Black person in Canada, Mathieu Da Costa, arrived on the country’s East Coast in 1605. He’d sailed with Samuel de Champlain, hired as a valued interpreter. But for the many Blacks who arrived after him, the experience was very different. Black history in North America, unlike “White” history, must take into account the hundreds of thousands of Africans who were brought to this continent against their will. The…

Inhairitance salon owner embraces natural curly hair

Abisara Machold empowers clients by teaching them to love what they already have The minute I heard Inhairitance owner Abisara Machold not only specializes in natural hair but is also the daughter of a white mother and black father,  I wanted to meet her. She grew up in Austria. I grew up in Montreal’s West Island. Her father is from Ivory Coast, mine from Nigeria. As children, we both had white moms…

Does public radio sound too "white"?

Does public radio sound too “white”? Do the CBC and other broadcasters most often feature one dominant style of speech and narration — one that is deemed “professional”‘ sounding? Should we consciously expand our definition of a “good” radio voice? Read more 

John Holland awards celebrate black community achievements

Hamilton’s black community is recognizing the achievements of 12 individuals and groups who have made contributions to cultural life in the city. The 19th annual Rev. John C. Holland Awards celebrated  excellence and achievement of members of Hamilton’s black community. The awards were handed out at a gala and silent auction at Michelangelo Banquet Centre in Hamilton​ on Saturday. ​ Read more

Teachers get lesson in black history at specialized course

Teachers in southwestern Ontario got a lesson in black history Friday at historic Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Dresden, Ont. Thirty-five teachers attended a one-day, sold-out course on how to better teach black history in school. Read more

10 books to read during Black History Month

CBC Books recommends these 10 great books by great Canadian writers. Read more

Being Black in Canada

A CBC special presentation in celebration of the Black History month, hosted by Asha Tomlinson. Read more

Black History Month Montreal

Throughout February, Homerun will bring you feature interviews with some of the 2015 Montreal Black History Month laureates — members of the black community who have had a major impact on Quebec society through their achievements. Read more

CBC – The book of Negroes

Abducted from her village in West Africa, eleven-year-old Aminata Diallo is forced into a slave coffle and must endure a horrific ocean crossing. She is brought to a South Carolina plantation where she makes herself useful by using midwifery skills learned at her mother’s side, all the while keeping the attentions of her jealous slave master, Robinson Appleby, at bay. Soon after Aminata reencounters Chekura, a fellow slave from West…

Events change Black History Month, says journalist

The killings of unarmed black men by police in the United States has changed the conversation about race relations going into Black History Month this year, says freelance journalist Desmond Cole. http://www.rcinet.ca/bhm-en/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2015/02/Interview-Lynn_2015-02-04.mp3 ‘History must link with today’ Traditionally the month February features celebrations of prominent Canadians of African descent from the past and present, some of their struggles, and achievements. But Cole says there is no value in looking a…

CBC – 23 historical black Canadians you should know

February is Black History Month, a time to reflect on the stories, experiences, and accomplishments of Canada’s black community. Here are 23 black Canadians who made major contributions to Canada’s culture and legacy. Read more

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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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