Celebration of Black History Month 2023
February is Black History Month. The theme for February 2023 is “Ours to Tell” – which represents an opportunity to engage in open dialogue and a commitment to learning more about the stories Black communities in Canada have about their histories, successes, sacrifices and triumphs.
The role of Black people and communities has been largely ignored in Canadian history. However, Black Canadians and communities have been an integral part of shaping Canada’s heritage dating back to the early 1600s.
In 1978, the Ontario Black History Society (“OBHS”) was established and presented a petition to the City of Toronto to have February formally proclaimed as Black History Month. In 1979, the first ever Canadian proclamation was issued by Toronto. It was not until December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada following a motion introduced by Dr. Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.
Falconers LLP encourages everyone to take time in February to learn about the Black Canadians and communities who have helped to shape our country. We have provided some links below for events and helpful resources.
Black History in Toronto Website