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Black History Month – February 2018

Every February, during Black History Month, we have an opportunity to celebrate the many achievements and contributions that African Canadians have made to this country as well as their lived experiences throughout history.  Many festivities and events are held during the month to honour the legacy of Black Canadians both past and present.

For Black History Month 2018, the Government of Canada has chosen to highlight the theme of Black Canadian Women:  Stories of Strength, Courage and Vision.

In December of 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously by the House of Commons.

In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced the Motion to Recognize Contributions of Black Canadians and February as Black History Month.  It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4th, 2008.

People of African descent have helped to shape this nation’s identity since the arrival of Mathieu Da Costa, a navigator and interpreter, whose presence in Canada dates back to the early 1600s.  However, we haven’t always recognized the role of African Canadians in our history.  For instance it may come as a surprise to learn that some of the Loyalists who came to Canada after the American Revolution and made their home in the Maritimes were Black or that Black Canadian soldiers served in wartime as far back as the War of 1812.

Few are aware of the fact that African people were once enslaved in the territory that is now called Canada, or of how those individuals who fought slavery helped to lay the foundation for the diverse and inclusive society that now helps to define us as Canadians.

For more information about Black History Month visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html

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PALS Understanding Disabilities session May 15 2018

PALS Network presents: Understanding Learning Disabilities

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National Volunteer Week - April 15-21, 2018

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Understanding Learning Disabilities: Tuesday, April 3 from 6:30-8:30pm

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