February Special: Black History Month
If a friend were to ask you to define Canadian culture, how would you do so? Is it Tim Horton’s coffee, a keen addiction to hockey, a fast-food nation, cold winters, or the country’s history and its role in shaping world history (eg: through the World Wars)? Canadian culture isn’t any of these alone: rather, it is a mosaic of all these elements, and a multicultural framework that unifies a nation defined by diversity.
Every year, we dedicate the month of February to honoring the legacy of black Canadians, present and past, through Black History Month. Facilitated by the Government of Canada, the campaign aims to raise awareness on a culture, to build a sensitivity to its traditions and its other facets, and to encourage those who belong to it as well as those who don’t to embrace the culture, appreciate its rich history and engage in its festivities and traditions to make it their own.
This year, Black History Month will recognize the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812 and the contributions of black soldiers in the fight for Canada. We take this time to 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 we are today. During Black History Month, Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history.
Interested in getting involved and participating, but not sure where to start? McMaster has its very own series of Black History Month events coming up: mark off your calendars in advance! Get involved, join the movement and dedicate this month to celebrating Black history.