African Heritage Month

The commemoration of African Heritage Month can be traced back to 1926 when Harvard-educated Black historian, Carter G. Woodson, founded Negro History Week to recognize the achievements of African Americans. Woodson purposefully chose February for the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, both key figures in the emancipation of enslaved Blacks. In 1976, as part of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month.  

The vast contributions of African-Canadians to Canadian society have been acknowledged informally since the early 1950s. However, Nova Scotia, particularly the Halifax Region, has been a leader in the promotion and awareness of African Heritage Month. Highlights of the development of Black History Month in Canada through the efforts of Nova Scotian trailblazers include the following:  

  • 1985   First “official” Opening Night for Black History Month (January 29) at the Halifax North Branch Library.
  • 1987   First meeting of the Black History Month Association
  • 1988   First Black History Month in Nova Scotia
  • 1996   Black History Month renamed to African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia

It is important to note that Nova Scotia and the Black History Month Association set the path for Canada in the recognition of African Heritage Month. Further, the significance of this influence as one of national proportion in the following occurrences compels recognition: 

  • December, 1995 - The House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine.
  • February, 2008 - Nova Scotia Senator Donald Oliver, Q.C., the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced a motion to have the Senate officially declare February as Black History Month. The motion received unanimous approval.
  • March, 2008 - The adoption of Senator Oliver’s motion was the final parliamentary procedure needed for Canada’s permanent recognition of Black History Month.  

Source: Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs/ African Heritage Month Information Network

(The dates below reflect events happening in 2022.)

Wednesday January 26th, 2022

Provincial Proclamation and Poster Unveiling Ceremony

Virtual: https://youtu.be/Hgx6IRLCj_c 

Organized By: African Nova Scotian Affairs and Nova Scotia Government 

More Info: https://www.facebook.com/AfricanNSAffairs 

Tuesday February 1st, 2022

Virtual African Heritage Month Launch and Flag Raising 2022 

12:00 pm (AST) Virtual Event

Organized By: Dalhousie African Heritage Month Planning Committee
 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/DalhousieU

Contact Information:

Tel: 902-494-6672

Email: hres@dal.ca 

Thursday February 3rd, 2022

Addressing Anti-Black Racism in the Workplace Fireplace Chat

1PM EST

CCDI sits down with thought leaders to discuss what organizations can do continue the hard work of dismantling anti-Black racism and continue to build concrete ways to sustain these efforts.

Organized By: Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

More Info: https://ccdi.ca/event-calendar/ccdi-webinar-addressing-anti-black-racism-in-the-workplace-fireside-chat/ 

Tuesday February 8th, 2022

Experiencing Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace Challenges and Solutions

6:00 -8:00pm (AST) Virtual Event 

Organized By: Africa Festival of Arts and Culture Society and Dalhousie University Black Student Advising Centre

Panelists: Angela Simmons (MLA) Preston 

                  Suzy Hansen (MLA) Halifax Needham 

                  Tiwatope Ogundipe 

Moderator: Jalana Lewis 

Entertainment By: Master Drummer Amadou Kienou from Toronto 
 

Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OK3UGhEfT9CqJs-SZGT2ng

Contact Info:
taiwooa@dal.ca

Thursday February 10th, 2022

Panel Discussion on Teaching while Black

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (AST) Virtual Event 

Organized by: The Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC) of the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University

The Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC) Conversation Series, School of Social Work, Commemorates African Heritage Month with the second in our two-part panel discussion and interactive conversations on 'Teaching while Black.” The panel discussion hopes to explore, teaching in the academy: its meaning, challenges, significant moments, and effects as expressed by the professor of African Descent. The event is scheduled for 5:30pm on ​​Wednesday, February 10, 2022. ​

SPEAKERS: Prof. George Sefa Dei; Dr. Funke Oba; Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed​; Dominic Silvio and Dr Festus Y. Moasun

MODERATOR: Prof. Buster C. Ogbuagu

Join on Teams: Click Here

Contact Information:
Ifeyinwa Mbakogu (sswdec@dal.ca), Chair of the Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC)​

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Books & Bees: Dal Reads presents a conversation with Francesca Ekwuyasi and Cooper Lee Bombardier

7:00-8:30PM AST

Organized By: Dal Libraries

Join us on Zoom for a conversation between Francesca Ekwuyasi, author of this year’s Dal Reads book Butter Honey Pig Bread and author and beekeeper Cooper Lee Bombardier. 

francesca ekwuyasi is a writer and multidisciplinary artist from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging. Her debut novel, Butter Honey Pig Bread was longlisted for the 2020 Giller Prize, was a finalist for CBC's 2021 Canada Reads competition, the 2021 Lambda Literary Award, the 2021 Governor General's Award, the 2021 Amazon Canada First Novel Award, and the 2021 ReLit Award.

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a queer, trans American writer and visual artist living in Canada. He is the author of the memoir-in-essays Pass With Care, a finalist for the 2021 Firecracker Award in Nonfiction. His writing appears in The Kenyon Review, The Malahat Review, Ninth Letter, CutBankNailed MagazineLongreadsNarratively, BOMB, and The Rumpus; and in 19 anthologies, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, The RemedyEssays on Queer Health Issues, and the Lambda-nominated anthology, Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Speculative Fiction From Transgender Writers,which won a 2018 American Library Association Stonewall Book Award. He teaches in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program at University of King’s College and in women and gender studies at Saint Mary’s University.

More Info and to Register: https://dal.libcal.com/event/3653822 

 

 

Monday February 14th, 2022

Learn to Make Fufu with Mary’s African Cuisine

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Virtual Event 

Organized By:  Halifax Public Libraries

Millions of people eat fufu every day in West and Central Africa. Join us to learn how to make delicious fufu with rich and flavourful soups with Chef Mary Nkrumah of Mary's African Cuisine/ Noblemay Catering.


Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88023936649

No registration is required for this webinar.

More Info: Click Here

Wednesday February 16th, 2022

Wednesdays @ Noon CTNHR Research Rounds. Feb 16, 2022

  • Black nurses in the nursing profession in Canada: A scoping review: Chelsa States MScN student, Vanessa Maclennan, BScN student
  • A Black Feminist study of African Nova Scotian nurses and their leadership in healthcare: Keisha Jefferies, PhD Nursing (c)
    Zoom meeting ID: 849 8289 9944 Passcode: 636971 Zoom link

Thursday February 17th, 2022

Panel Discussion on Fitting African Centred Perspectives into Social Work Practice

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (AST) Virtual 

Organized By: The Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC) of the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University

The Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC) Conversation Series, School of Social Work, Commemorates African Heritage Month with the second in our two-part panel discussion and interactive conversations on ''Fitting African Centred Perspectives into Social Work Practice.” The event is scheduled for 5:30pm on ​​Thursday, February 17, 2022. ​

SPEAKERS: Vivian Dixon; Afolake Awoyiga; Mario Rolle; Prof. Dave Este and Robert Seymour Wright

MODERATOR: Dr. Terrence Lewis

Click here to join

Contact Information: Ifeyinwa Mbakogu (sswdec@dal.ca), Chair of the Diversity and Equity Committee (DEC)​

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History of Race and Racism in Canada

1 PM EST

Race and racism have left its mark on the Canadian landscape and its effects continues to be felt in various aspects of our lives today. In this webinar, we will explore the history of race and racism in Canada. In revisiting historic events that have influenced race relations, we will trace how these ideological constructions created the inequalities prevalent in our society today.

Audience/Level: This is an introductory to intermediate level webinar for any individual looking to expand their knowledge on the history of race relations in Canada.

Organized by: Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

More Info: https://ccdi.ca/event-calendar/ccdi-webinar-history-of-race-and-racism-in-canada/

Monday February 28th, 2022

Learn to Make Okra Stew with Mary’s African Cuisine

6:00PM – 7:00PM (AST) Virtual Event 

Organized by: Halifax Public Libraries

Okra was domesticated in West Africa and is a staple food there today. Mary will show how to cook it properly as a stew, served with corn dough (akpele/banku).

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87342399917

No registration is required for this webinar.