This year, Canada’s theme for Black History Month is the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 and the contributions of black soldiers in the fight for Canada.

Here is a 60-second video promoting key historical figures and moments from the Canadian black community:

Did you know that in February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver (b November 16, 1938), the first Black man appointed to the Canadian Senate, introduced a motion to have the Senate officially recognize February as Black History Month?

February is Black History Month!

You're Invited: Celebratory Events of Canadian Black History Month February 2012

You're Invited: Celebratory Events of Canadian Black History Month February 2012

Some celebratory events of Black History Month include:

  • Join Ontario Black History Society in launching the first Black International Film Festival (BIFF) in Canada!
  • 28 Days: Reimagining Black History Month
      • is a FREE Visual Arts Exhibition presented by Justina M. Barnicke Gallery & Georgia Scherman Projects
      • 28 Days “invites contemporary artists from the US, UK and Canada to explore Black History Month and its relationship to art, representational space and post-racial politics”
      • When: January 19 – February 19, 2012
      • Where: Justina M. Barnicke Gallery
        Hart House, University of Toronto
        7 Hart House Circle
        Toronto, ON
        416-978-8398

        • Panel Discussion: Hart House East Common Room Saturday February 18, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
      • Where: Georgia Scherman Projects
        133 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, ON
        416-554-4112
  • Kuumba 2012 presented by TD February 3– 5, 2012

    • at Harbourfront Centre
    • “for an exploration of African roots through a 21st-century perspective
    • this year’s festival also highlights the incredible role women have played in shaping the history of black culture and pushing it to new frontiers
    • with artist showcases, roundtable discussions, storytelling, films, fashion, music, dance and children’s programmes, Kuumba presented by TD has something for everyone.”
    • please click here for info about the FREE events.
    • also, please note that most events are free except for:
      • The Market: vendors will be selling goods on-site at The Market
      • “Honey Jam: Then & Now”; Honey Jam alumni perform tribute songs in a reunion concert with a photo exhibit showcasing 16 years of Honey Jam

Furthermore, for an itinerary and schedule of other celebratory events including FREE opening ceremonies in Canada for Black History Month 2012, please click here.

For youth, please click here to explore Black History online via the interactive Canadian Black History Virtual Museum and Treasure Hunt.

Happy Black History Month!

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