Canada Black History Month

This Canadian Stood Up to Racism Before Rosa Parks

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Rachel Décoste

In the social context of Canada before the Quiet Revolution (1950s), before Viola Desmond's act of defiance (1946), before Rosa Parks triggered the United States' Civil Rights Movement (1955), Fred Christie stood up to institutional discrimination. A decade before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1947), Fred Christie exhibited unimaginable courage and perseverance in asserting his civil rights. Though the judicial process did not deliver the desired result, Fred Christie remains a key instigator in Canada's journey towards the establishment of universal rights.

Black History Month is Not a Feel-Good Mass Therapy Session

Dr. Lisa Tomlinson | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson

Until we find concrete and genuine ways to take into account cultural differences and the institutional power relations that inform that reality in Canada, Black History Month, like multiculturalism, will continue to be sidelined and watered down to satisfy Canada's mythical narrative of togetherness, racial justice and equality.

The Great Black North: B.C. Tweets Black History

Rachel Décoste | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Rachel Décoste

As the fog around black Canadian history dissipates, a clearer picture emerges: there is no need to revert to African-American historical heroes because we have our own crusaders. Black Canadians pioneered B.C.'s very foundation, and they still contribute to the cultural fabric of the province to this day.

Canada's First Racial Discrimination Trial

Rachel Décoste | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

It is oft-implied that the United States had segregation while Canada was above this racial retardment. Hollywood movies dramatize the plight of Afric...

How My Brother Built a Beacon to All Black Canadians

Donald Oliver | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada
Donald Oliver

2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg My brother was a remarkable person -- a gifted preacher, a champion of education, and a powerful advocate for the rights of Blacks. If there was one event that angered my brother more than any other, it was the tragic demise of "Africville." No attempt was made to save that Halifax Black community.

Black History Is Everyone's History

Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada
Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg I don't know how history was taught when you were in school, but in my school our teachers skipped over the chapter (yes, only a single chapter) on blacks in Canada and North America more generally. These omissions skew our view of the world and lead to erroneous assumptions.