February is Black History Month
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions, achievements and experiences of black people in Canada.
The 2023 theme of Black History Month in Canada is Ours to tell. This theme represents both an opportunity for open dialogue and a commitment to learn more about the stories Black communities in Canada have to tell about their stories, achievements, sacrifices and triumphs.
A variety of events and celebrations are held across Canada in honor of Black History Month. Here are some ways you can participate this year:
Attend a Black History Manitoba event
Visit the Black History Manitoba website for a variety of local events – including a theater performance, film screenings, quiz night, art exhibition and more.
Learn more about Black History Month on the Government of Canada website
Learn how Canada recognized Black History Month, how notable black Canadians have shaped Canada, and more at the Government of Canada Black History Month website.
Attend a lecture hosted by the UWinnipeg History Department
Hear UWinnipeg Professor Darlene Abreu-Ferreira speak on “Black and Female in the Sixteenth Century” on Thursday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m. This in-person event will be held at the University of Winnipeg in Lockhart Hall (Room 1L12).
Attend a presentation on Black youth mentoring and leadership
Join Professor Bukola Salami, Director of Intersections of Gender Signature Area in the Office of Vice President Research and Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Alberta, and Dr. Myra Kandemiri, senior research coordinator for HIPP in the Faculty of Nursing and Chemistry Laboratory Teachers at MacEwan University, as they explore strategies that have been used and shown to contribute positively to the educational development of Black students. The Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership presentation will take place on February 8 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Interested parties can contact Alleson Mason for Zoom information at [email protected]
Attend a virtual lecture by Dr. Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba from UWinnipeg
dr Chigbo, who teaches African/Black Diaspora Literatures and Cultures in the English Department at UWinnipeg, will be giving a special presentation for the University of Calgary entitled “Black History Month: Constructing Ethics from the Hells of African genocides.” Register here.
Join the UWinnipeg Student Association’s Black History Celebration Week
Black History Celebration Week, hosted by the UWinnipeg Student Association’s BIPoC Lounge, will be held February 6-10. Events include a Movie Night on Thursday 9th February and a Black Culture Celebration Night on Friday 10th February. For locations and other details visit the UWSA BIPoC website.