Every February, CUPE celebrates Black History Month (also known as African Heritage month) when we pause to reflect on the efforts of the many union activists and community organizers of African descent who lead the fight for inclusive communities and workplaces.
This fight happens every day, as CUPE members bargain for more inclusive and equity-based language in our collective agreements, challenge racism in our governments, workplaces, schools and our communities, and contribute to on-the-ground organizing and mobilizing.
We are grateful to all those who are working to build a non-racist world in our unions, workplaces and communities. Canadian society has seen a lot of progress over the decades, but the realities of differential treatment towards African Canadians continue [read full article]
Locally, this weekend, Feb 3 at noon to 3 pm you can attend the Black History Month kickoff at the Central Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library. Feb 12th at 7 pm you can celebrate at the Belfry with the 2016 youth poet laureate. On the 25th at 2 pm there is a tour of Ross Bay Cemetery with a focus on Black History. Check the full details of the events, including ticket costs where applicable, at BC Black History.
- CUPE Celebrates Black History Month (CUPE.ca)
- Black History Month Events in BC (BC Black History)
- Black History in Canada (Library and Archives Canada)
- Black History Month (Canadian Heritage)
- Poster, as seen above (PDF): Black History Month 2018