February is Black History Month. It’s a time to celebrate the indelible legacy and ongoing contributions Black Canadians make to their communities and Canada’s past, present and future.
The critical role played by Black people and their communities in Canadian history has largely been ignored. Though the stories of Black Canadians should be celebrated all year, Black History Month is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and actively contend with their historical erasure.
It’s also a time for Emily Carr University to examine its own history of exclusion and marginalization, and to reflect on its present practices and actionable commitments to building a more inclusive institution as we work toward a truly equitable future, recognizing ECU has much work to do.
Shining a spotlight on the ways Black community members continue to shape the world is one important part of dismantling systemic racism. It’s also part of building a durable foundation for more equitable futures for ECU’s community and the many communities in which we all participate.
In the spirit of learning, reflecting and honouring, we’ve gathered a list of resources and events below to support your participation in Black History Month.