The BCGEU joins Canadians to celebrate Black History Month this February, which marks the event’s 20th anniversary. Our federal government officially recognized Black History Month after passing a parliamentary motion introduced by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.
"This February, take some time to learn about black Canadians’ tremendous contributions to our country," says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. "Black Canadians have too often been left out of our history, our society and our labour movement. Take a moment to reflect on black history in B.C. and join me in pledging to renew our strong commitment to universal human rights."
"Our union is proud of, and celebrates the diversity of, our membership," says Smith. "Whether in our union or in our communities—it's important to understand and respect our histories and learn from one another's experiences."
Check out these links to Black History events and more information about black history in B.C. and Canada.
Black History Month Resources:
- BC Black History Awareness Society
- Black Workers in Canada (Workers History Museum)
- Black History Month in Canada (CBC Radio-Canada)
- Young black authors to watch (CBC)
- Hogan’s Alley Resource guide created by the Vancouver Public Library (VPL)
- Black History in Canada Education Guide (Historica Canada)
- Black History Month – 20th anniversary (Government of Canada)
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