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

Each needs the other to be. “

African proverb

In February 2020, as every year, Radio-Canada marks Black History Month with a varied program on all platforms.
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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. From our archives Danger, hardship, heroism and tragedy. All are features of black immigration to Canada in the nineteenth century. The story of black immigration to Canada began 400 years ago with the arrival of the French at Port Royal. John Graves Simcoe, the Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, signed…

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…

Black community members testify they feel like 2nd class citizens

Members of Montreal’s black community had strong words for politicians today on the second day of hearings into the province’s new policy on immigration, diversity and inclusion. They told MNAs they feel like second class citizens in Quebec. “I can’t say that in the eyes of others I am part of Quebec…Even though we are called a visible minority we are invisible,” said Nadia Rousseau, treasurer of the Round Table on…

Black History Month laureates: Madwa-Nika Cadet

Madwa-Nika Cadet, lawyer and young politician, finds inspiration in Michaëlle Jean and Monica Ricourt At 25, Madwa-Nika Cadet is already a seasoned politician and lawyer passionate about giving a voice to the members of her community. 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…

Black History Month laureates: Skipper Dean

‘We were instilled with the belief we could accomplish anything we set out to do’ Soul singer Skipper Dean says Montreal has a thriving black community with plenty of strong role models. However, he points out, there’s still work to be done to ensure the city welcomes everybody. 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…

CBC show Daybreak broadcasts from Inhairitance salon in St-Henri

Benaiah McDonald, Stephen Hennessy, Sylvia Stewart, Kai Thomas and Marc Parent joined host Mike Finnerty Daybreak was live from Inhairitance salon in St-Henri Friday with a special show in honour of Black History Month. We invited members of Montreal’s black community to come tell their stories and give listeners a sense of the events and issues that are important right now. Listen here

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

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