“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

CBC Story – 11-year-old Londoner performs Black Anthem for Black History Month

11-year-old Shanelle Twumasi of London, Ont., has been singing as long as she can remember, “I always used to sing, and I guess I just really liked it,” said the grade six student. “Now I participate in a lot of gigs and it’s actually really fun, so I kept on doing them.” This week Twumasi performed a song long-known in the United States as the Black National Anthem for a London Public Library event marking Black History

CBC Story – TDSB to offer anti-Black racism course for Grade 12 students at 7 schools next year

The Toronto District School Board plans to roll out a new anti-Black racism course for Grade 12 students at seven secondary schools in September.

CBC Story – Fredericton’s Queen Street showcases Black history

Twenty-eight banners have been affixed to light posts along Fredericton’s Queen Street to celebrate New Brunswick’s Black history.

CBC Story – City of Windsor names park after slavery abolitionist, pioneering Black publisher

A park in Sandwich Town has been renamed to honour Mary E. Bibb, a slavery abolitionist and publisher who lived in Windsor.

CBC Story – Black Lives Matter Fredericton launches Black history database

Black Lives Matter Fredericton, the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University have launched a new resource for educators to help them teach Black history in New Brunswick classrooms.

CBC Story – Ottawa and Toronto’s Black communities call for better health care: study

African, Caribbean and Black communities in Ottawa and Toronto say health-care providers need to better understand their needs and create programs catered to them during the pandemic, according to the preliminary findings of a study published Monday to mark the beginning of Black History Month.

A variety of activities unveiled for Black History Month

A non-profit in the province of Quebec is celebrating three decades of “highlighting the journeys and success of Black communities, to build bridges with others.” The Round Table on Black History Month has unveiled a broad range of activities which will take place throughout the month of February 2021.  Because of the pandemic, the public will be invited to get to know Black culture in all its forms online. There

Prime minister speaks of ‘systemic racism’ in kick-off of Black History Month

February is Black History Month in Canada, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement inviting all Canadians to honour the legacy of Black Canadians and to reflect on their contributions to the country.  “Black people have helped shape our history and collective identity, and stood proud as leaders in communities across the country,” said Trudeau in a statement. “Despite all this, systemic anti-Black racism still exists in Canada, and

CBC Story – Black Canadians fought racism, discrimination to serve in Second World War Social Sharing

CBC Story – Upcoming closure of food bank for Black Albertans highlights gap in services, advocates say


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