black history month

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…

Black history month 2018 theme is women

  RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Lynn Desjardins | “Black Canadian Women: Stories of Strength, Courage and Vision,” is the official theme for this year’s Black History Month in Canada which starts today. The federal government introduced this special month in 1996 to raise awareness about Canadians of African descent. Canada recognizes a special decade too The statement on this theme comes days after the Canadian government announced it will officially recognize…

Decade for People of African Descent recognized by Canada

  RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Lynn Desjardins | On the eve of Black History Month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that the government will officially recognize the International Decade for People of African Descent, as declared by the United Nations. The decade spans 2015 to 2024. Three per cent of Canadians identify as black, according to government statistics. A news release from the prime minister’s office says the decade is…

Black History Month 2018 : Canada creates new stamps

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Marc Montgomery | February each year marks the celebration of Black History Month in Canada, and although we’re still a week away from the official start, Canada Post has already begun to set the stage. This year, as they have in past years. Canada Post has released commemorative stamps of two trailblazers in society, both of whom helped to break down barriers for visible minorities in this country….

UN report paints ugly portrait on anti-black racism in Canada

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Terry Haig | A report submitted to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday paints a bleak picture of anti-black racism in Canada. Those include apologizing for slavery and to consider making reparations for historical injustices.Prepared by a UN working group that came to Canada last October, the report makes a series of recommendations to Canada’s federal government. (According to the 2006 Census by Statistics Canada, 783,795…

Montreal International Black Film Festival set for its 13th edition

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Terry Haig | The 13th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival opens Wednesday–probably not a minute too soon, given the madness North Americans have been watching over the last year on their television screens’. Most of the 66 films from 25 countries share a common theme: ‘Speak Up’ as organizers put the focus on those those who refuse to be silenced in what they say is…

More honours for Canadian who stood against segregation

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Marc Montgomery | Long before America’s Rosa Parks, there was Canada’s Viola Desmond. Many people know of American Rosa Parks and cite her as the first to stand up for the civil rights of blacks in the U.S.  But Rosa Parks is the American version of Canada’s Viola Desmond who initiated a civil rights case in Canada years earlier, one that has had lasting repercussions. In 1946 Viola Desmond…

The black settlers of Alberta

RADIO CANADA INTERNATIONAL | Marc Montgomery | It is little known fact even within Canada that there was a small but vibrant group of black settlers in the western prairie province of Alberta. They weren’t really part of the well-known “Underground Railroad” but nonetheless were leaving behind discrimination in the US. Some blacks had arrived in the late 1880’s but settlers really only began to arrive in the still mostly untamed…

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: 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…

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

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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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