TORONTO, February 1st, 2021—Every February, CRRF joins the rest of Canada in a month-long observance of the accomplishments and contributions of Black Canadians from coast to coast. Black History Month in Canada was officially declared on February 1, 1996, making today the 25th anniversary of the observance of this special month on Canadian shores.
“People of African descent have been contributing to the building and cultural make up of Canadian society for the past five centuries,” said CRRF chairperson, Teresa Woo-Paw. “Our organization see it as vital that contributions of Black Canadians not only be seen as important during the month of February, but should be learned and celebrated at every possible opportunity.”
To help Canadians learn more about the contributions of Black Canadians to history, CRRF has launched the social media series, “28 Days of Black Canadian Excellence”, where the life’s work of outstanding Black Canadians, both past and present, are brought to the forefront for the broader public.
“It is only through understanding, education and open dialogue that the accomplishment of all Canadians can be celebrated every day,” said Raymond Tynes, CRRF board member. “That is when we will have truly embraced and lived through the lens of equity and diversity.”