During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.
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 Hon. Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons.
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “The Future is Now”, a call to action for us all to buid on the legacy of those who came before us, and to recognize the transformative work that Black Canadians and their communities are doing now.