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.
Black History Month is a time for all Canadians to learn, and unlearn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth, and development of Canada. This is also an opportunity to recognize the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of our country.
The 2020 theme for Black History Month is: “Canadians of African Descent: Going forward, guided by the past.” This was inspired by the theme of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).
Learn more about the 2020 Back History Month and the significant meaning of Sankofa bird (pictured above): https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html