The 2023 theme for Black History Month is: “Ours to tell”.
This theme is said to represent both an opportunity to engage in open dialogue and a commitment to learning more about the stories Black communities in Canada have to tell about their histories, successes, sacrifices and triumphs.
The Government of Canada makes note that the role of Black people in their communities in Canada has largely been ignored as a key part of Canada’s history and that Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the important contributions that Black Canadians have made to the history, and continued growth of Canada.
StatsCan reported that in 2021 over 1.5 million people in Canada reported being Black. The Black population in Canada reported more than 300 ethnic or cultural origins in that same year. Remember too, this is only those Canadians who were provided access and had the ability to respond to StatsCan.
We encourage everyone to spend some time exploring the links below:
- Significant events in Black history in Canada
- The legacy and impact of organizations led by Black women in Canada
- Noteworthy Canadian Figures
There are also some great resources from CBC Kids for those with youngsters at home.
Thank you for taking the time to engage and learn more about the history, sacrifices and contributions of Black Canadians.