black history monthEvery February, people in Canada are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities.

The 2021 theme for Black History Month is: "The Future is Now".

“The Future is Now” is a chance to celebrate and acknowledge the transformative work that Black Canadians and their communities are doing now - Black History Month Poster

At our board, schools and educators have been provided with a wealth resources and activities for our students in the classroom. Our schools will be recognizing Black history in a variety of ways throughout the month of February. 

We encourage you to take a look at our Black History Month Family Resources.

Please join us in this prayer in recognition and acknowledgement of the work we must all do to ensure equity and inclusion in our schools and workplaces today and for every day in the future.

My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” (Pope Francis, Text from General Audience, 3rd June, 2020)

 

God of every people, race and culture,

we rejoice in the wonderful diversity of our human family,

each person made in your own image.

As we observe Black History Month this February,

help us to honour and learn from the history of Black communities across Canada,

to stand in solidarity with them in their quest for justice and respect,

and to work together toward a future

where every person is cherished, where everyone’s dignity is upheld.

Where racism and discrimination still linger,

change our hearts and show us how to love like you.

We praise you, Father, through Jesus your Son,

in the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

 

Amen.