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 to be paid to this history. February (Black History Month) is the month in which we draw focus to the achievements, richness and contributions of Black people in Canada as well as around the world. It is also a time of reflection on the issues discrimination of the past and present felt within the Black community.
How can you take part?
- If you are in Winnipeg check out events being hosted by QPOC Winnipeg and Black Space Winnipeg including the Afro Prairie Film Festival . You can find a full list of events on Black History Month Winnipeg’s website.
- 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
- Volunteer with community service organizations or groups or start a group yourself. If you are doing this as an ally, remember to be humble, willing to self reflect and ask the group how (or if) you can be a support
Are you experiencing discrimination?
Know that it is never your fault if you’ve experienced discrimination and you’re not alone. It can be important to talk to someone you trust about what you are experiencing. This could be a family member, friend, teacher, school guidance counsellor or Teen Clinic. It can also include a free phone line or free drop-in counselling. Click here to learn more ways to resist discrimination.
- If you are in crisis reaching out to a phone line can help. The Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 by phone at , online or text the word connect to 68-68-68.
- Connecting with health care providers may help, but the health care system can also be a source of discrimination. You can reach out to Black Space Winnipeg by email if you or anyone you know are looking for accessible resources for mental health at: email@example.com
- For Queer People of Colour (QPOC) connecting to community can help. QPOC Winnipeg welcomes emails at firstname.lastname@example.org