People, Workplaces, Labour Organizations, Communities, need to take pause to remember, celebrate, and to recognize Black History Month.
2016 Theme – Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories
In December 1995, the Parliament of Canada officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine, MP of Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first black man appointed to the Senate, introduced a motion to have the Senate officially recognize February as Black History Month. It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008. The adoption of this motion completed Canada’s parliamentary position on Black History Month. Senator Anne Cools was the first black woman to be appointed to the Senate.
In 2011 Sister Sharon DeSousa, and Brother Larry Rousseau were elected as REVPs. They were the first Racially Visible members of PSAC to sit on the PSAC National Board of Directors.
Visit these sites to learn more about the Black History Month:
A Brief History of Employment Equity in Canada
Historica Canada – Black History Canada
It is time to celebrate the Black History Month, but let us not forget the work that still needs to be done.
Sister Souad (Sue) Soubra
GSU Equity Committee Member