Canada Employment and Immigration Union -
January 30, 2018

February is Black History Month

Black History Month is a time to learn more about the important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country.

In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons.

Throughout our history, Black Canadians have played a key role in building and shaping this diverse country.

The role of Blacks in Canada has not always been present in Canada history books. There is little mention that some of the Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution and settled in the Maritimes were Blacks, or of the many sacrifices made in wartime by Black Canadian soldiers as far back as the War of 1812.

In 2018 Viola Desmond will grace the front of the $10.00 bill.  Viola Desmond often described as Canada’s Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a white-only section of Nova Scotia movie theatre.

CEIU, through its Human Rights and Race Relations (HRRR) Committee, continues to be a leader in the advancement of human rights for members of African descent, as well as anyone who is able to self-identify as being Racially Visible, First Nations, Métis & Inuit, and differently abled or as a member of the LGBTQ community.

We encourage everyone to take some time during Black History Month and take in the many activities that are happening in your community.

Remember, Black History is everyone’s history.

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