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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.
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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.

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 history in limbo at several Quebec sites

Black History Month is coming to an end but the quest to make black history visible in several locations in the province of Quebec is suspended for the moment.

Toronto students learn about the NHL’s black players through new film

Students plan to write letters to have Willie O’Ree and Herb Carnegie inducted in Hockey Hall of Fame CBC News Students at Nelson Mandela Park Public School were treated to a film screening on Monday of Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future, a documentary that highlights the accomplishments of black hockey players, in honour of Black History Month. Yassir Ahmed is a Grade 8 student who likes to play hockey. He says…

Re-imagining black history on stage with ‘Venus’ Daughter’

Meghan Swaby’s new play runs at Toronto’s Obsidian Theatre Company until February 28 Stephanie Matteis · CBC Arts Meghan Swaby’s new play Venus’ Daughter is about a modern-day woman who is guided by the spirit of Sara Baartman — a Khoisan woman from 19th century South Africa who was sold to a human zoo in Paris. Her remains were kept on display in a museum until repatriated to South Africa in 2002. In this clip from Exhibitionists, host Amanda Parris visited Obsidian Theatre Company — where the play is…

Jully Black marks Black History Month with free Calgary concert

‘Whatever you’re doing in life, it’s those who stick to it and actually persevere that make it to that dream’ By The Homestretch, CBC News Dubbed “Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul” by her fans, Jully Black is bringing a free concert to Calgary in celebration of Black History Month. The family-friendly event, called “Break Through the Glass Ceiling,” is a combination of live performance, storytelling and reflection on what it means to persevere. “Those…

So let’s talk Black History

Radio Noon’s Shawn Apel welcomes Dr. Dorothy WIlliams, Linton Garner, and Webster to talk about the black contribution to the history of Quebec and Canada

Black history curriculum updated in public board

‘It’s actually a kind of a necessity’ By Stacey Janzer, CBC News Inside the halls of West Gate public school you can see many styles of African art. Students have created their own African masks and some coloured patches for a freedom quilt. The Greater Essex County District School Board recently revised its African-Canadian studies for the elementary school grades. Called ‘African Canadian Roads to Freedom,’ the text suggests to teachers that…

Black History Month blood drive in Montreal looks to address shortage

Adult education centre in Little Burgundy hosts special blood drive with Héma-Québec CBC News Héma-Québec aims to boost its blood donations from the black community with a Black History Month blood drive on Saturday in Little Burgundy. Despite an increase in donations over the past few years, Héma-Québec says work still needs to be done to bolster donations from minority groups. “Sickle-cell anemia has caused me many complications here and there in my life,” Delano George, 40,…

George Elliot Clarke: The Motorcyclist (novel)

By Marc Montgomery George Elliot Clarke is a man of many words. Staunchly proud of his “africadian” roots in Nova Scotia, Clarke has gone from literary success to literary success. His latest work is a novel loosely based on the life of his father. It’s called “The Motorcyclist” Known primarily as a poet, Clarke is in fact Canada’s recently nominated Parliamentary poet Laureate. Playwright, literary critic, novelist, and Officer in…

Reinterpreting Little Burgundy’s black history

By Levon Sevunts, Radio Canada International | What do you do when you want to teach the youth the history of your community, especially, if that history is not featured in conventional history books? The Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC) in Montreal decided that the way to do it in the 21stcentury was by letting the youth to interpret that history various various art forms and then turn that into…

Lawrence Hill: 11 books that shaped my life

Lawrence Hill is making a second run at the Canada Reads crown with his novel The Illegal, defended by Olympian Clara Hughes. The Illegal tells the story of Keita Ali, an elite marathoner fleeing persecution at home and deportation in the country he’s escaped to. As we gear up for Canada Reads 2016, Hill reflects on the 11 books that have shaped his life – from childhood favourites to the…

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