By Muhanad Ali, Director of Communications, Young Canadians Roundtable on Health
Black history month was first introduced to the House of Commons in 1995 by Honourable Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament. In 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first Black man to be appointed to the Senate, who put forth a motion to recognize not only this history month, but also all the tremendous achievements and contributions Black Canadians – completing parliamentary motion and its position on this issue (Government of Canada, 2019).
As such, we encourage you to learn, organize, engage, speak, and reflect on this country’s Black history and the experience of Black Canadians. There are many events happening across this country during this memorable month, which we encourage you to participate. Here are some to look forward to, including some resources regarding the history of Black Canada:
Health Resources for Black Youth in Canada
Since February is Black History Month, we implore you to take a moment to learn more about Black Youth Health and check out some of these resources: