February is Black History Month in Canada which honours the legacy of Black Canadians and their contributions to our communities. The theme for 2022 is: “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day.”
Although celebrations may look a little different this year due to the ongoing pandemic, here are a few ways to celebrate, show solidarity and support, and learn more about the many achievements of Back Canadians:
Free webinars being hosted by the National Film Board:
February 3, 2022 | 12 pm ET: live French discussion featuring Black filmmakers in conversation on “Black Health and Wellness;”
February 3, 2022 | 6:30 pm ET: Bilingual panel discussion with Muslim Canadian filmmakers;
February 4, 2022 | 12 pm ET: live English discussion featuring Black filmmakers in conversation on “Black Health and Wellness.”
Black Futures Market:
The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) and Black-owned Market Edmonton (BOM YEG) have partnered to present the Black Futures Market on February 5 and 6 from 11 am to 4 pm. Shoppers can browse locally handmade goods, artworks and items by Alberta's Black community.
MacEwan University's Black History Month Human Library:
February 15, 2022 | 12 pm: David Shepherd - Learning to Be Black: Discovering an Identity I Didn’t Know I Had;
February 16, 2022 | 4 pm: "I am Not your Negro": James Baldwin, Raoul Peck, and Race in America.
Black History Month Virtual Celebration: Join on Facebook Live at 7 pm (ET) on February 17.
University of Calgary, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Black Albertans You Should Know.
Art Gallery of Alberta: 5 Artists, 1 Love - "A celebration of the artistic vibrancy and range of Edmonton’s African-Canadian communities."
Winner of the 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Excellence in Digital Storytelling: Secret Alberta: The Former Life of Amber Valley, one of the first all-Black settlements in Canada.
Blacktalk Podcast: "A podcast about the personal experiences of global Black experts and Black Canadians contextualized within the historical experience of being Black."