February is Black History Month. It is the month in which we draw focus to the richness, diversity of the achievements and contributions of Black people in Canada and around the world. It is also a time of reflection on the issues of discrimination in the past and present felt within the Black community.
The history taught in our schools is often from a European-settler perspective. This means that people of colour tend to be inadequately reflected for their roles in the history of this land. It is for this reasons that there is a need for specific attention and celebration of Black accomplishments in our shared history.
How can you take part?
- If you are in Winnipeg, check out one of the many events taking place throughout the month as well as the Afro Prairie Film Festival , Drop The Mic 8 (18+ only) and more!
- Learn about the real history of this land and all the people who have contributed to it
- Look at your own attitudes and behaviours daily
- Share the things you learn
- Speak up against discrimination
- Know that if you are experiencing discrimination it is not your fault and you deserve support. Talk with someone you trust about what you are experiencing or call a phone line
- Get involved with community organizations or start a group yourself. Some local groups worth checking out include QPOC Winnipeg and Black Space Winnipeg
- If you are supporting a group as an ally, remember to be humble, willing to self reflect and ask the group how (or if) you can be a support. Listen and respect their answer even if it doesn’t match your expectations, hopes or desires.