Black History Month

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Black communities in Canada have made enormous contributions in all sectors of the Canadian society for over 400 years. Black History Month is a time that we recognize, honour and celebrate their contributions.

How did Black History Month come into being?

  • In 1978, the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS) was established and its founders petitioned to the City of Toronto to have February proclaimed as Black History Month. In 1979, Toronto issued the proclamation.
  • In 1988, Nova Scotia observed its first Black History Month.
  • In 1993, the OBHS filed a successful petition in Ontario to proclaim February as Black History Month.
  • The president of the OBHS then proposed the idea of having February recognized as Black History Month across Canada to the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament – the Honourable Jean Augustine.
  • In 1995, February was first recognized as Black History Month in Canada by the House of Commons; in 2008, it was adopted by the Senate.

Stay tuned for more information and quick facts about Black History Month on our website!

Word of the Day:

Proclamation: a public or official announcement