Conclusion of Black History Month 2021
During Black History Month 2021, the Honorable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, virtually engaged with hundreds of members of black communities from coast to coast to coast. the other.
OTTAWA, ON, March 1, 2021 / CNW / – Each February, during Black history month, Canadians celebrate the important contributions that black communities have made – and continue to make – to the cultural, economic, social, scientific and political landscape of Canada.
While this year’s celebrations took place virtually, they were no less important. Throughout the month of February, the Honorable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, participated in 30 virtual events with members of many black communities across Canada, including the three territories. Some of the events included:
- Black History Month celebrations with Miramichi Afro Connection Inc. from New Brunswick;
- Round table “Model and TRANSmission: knowledge and talents of black trans women” organized by the Massimadi Foundation of Montreal;
- Speak with Connexion Canada about their work with French-speaking black immigrants;
- Community roundtable on issues affecting black women in Edmonton; and;
- Nunavut Black History Society Sankofa Awards Ceremony.
Minister Chagger was also one of the many speakers at the Federal Black Youth Forum, “The Future is Now” on February 23, hosted by the Anti-Racism Secretariat. Black youth from across the country virtually met with black leaders, federal ministers and parliamentary secretaries to share their lived realities and present their recommendations on designing and implementing policies and programs that combat anti-black racism. systemic and help black youth reach their full potential and contribute meaningfully to all aspects of society.
Black History Month celebrations were crowned with a national virtual celebration. At February 28, Prime Minister Justin trudeau, Minister Chagger and the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, joined the Honorable Jean Augustine, the first black woman to be elected as a Member of Parliament and appointed Federal Cabinet Minister in Canada, to celebrate and recognize the transformative work that Black communities, including youth, health care and essential workers, and many more, are doing right now. The event featured talented artists as well as tributes and interviews with influential black figures from all over Canada.
As Black History Month 2021 comes to an end, the work and recognitions should continue each day. We all have a responsibility to continue to recognize the ways in which black communities contribute to an inclusive, diverse and prosperous world. Canada we know this, and to speak out and act in each of the spaces we occupy to fight systemic anti-black racism to build a consciously more inclusive world Canada we desire, the one who is informed by the experiences of black people, because the future is now.
“We have benefited, and continue to benefit, from the many and important contributions of black communities in Canada for over 400 years, long before Confederation. Black History Month reminds us that we stand on the shoulders of the giants and owe them and ourselves for continuing our efforts to combat systemic anti-black racism. The past month has provided many opportunities to learn, celebrate and recognize Black communities from coast to coast. I encourage everyone to continue doing this year round. Together we can build the future we all want to see now. Together we can build a stronger and consciously more inclusive world Canada. “
– The Honorable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth
“Black History Month 2021 has been a great celebration. However, in the context of the brutal events of 2020, the murders of blacks and indigenous peoples in Canada and abroad, the crippling toll of the pandemic on the health and economic well-being of Black Canadians, the unacceptable online hatred directed against our communities – it is clear that our work must continue every day beyond February. The future depends entirely on what we do now. Canadians of all races and walks of life have shown that they want to be an active part of the solution. They want an end to racism and anti-black discrimination and hatred in all its forms. Let’s show the world how it’s done. Let us work together to make the future a better place for black Canadians and all of our great nation. “
—Greg Fergus, Chair of the Black Parliamentary Caucus, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Hull-Aylmer)
The government of Canada celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first national declaration of Black History Month, a milestone achieved through the efforts of the Honorable Jean Augustine, the first Black Woman Member of Parliament and the first Black Woman Federal Minister.
In September 2020, Prime Minister Justin trudeau announced near $ 221 million to throw from Canada first-ever black entrepreneurship program to help thousands of black business owners recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
In October 2020, Minister Chagger announced that the government of Canada provides $ 15 million for 85 anti-racism projects across the country as part of the Action Program against Racism. This program addresses barriers to employment, justice and social participation among Indigenous peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities.
In the Fall Economic Statement 2020, the Government of Canada announced a supplement $ 50 million over two years for community support, multicultural and anti-racist initiatives, the anti-racism action program and the anti-racism secretariat.
The Community Support, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program is made up of three funding streams: projects, community capacity building and events, which support local, regional and national initiatives and results-oriented activities. to fight racism and discrimination.
In december 2020, the Honorable Navdeep Bains, former Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced a $ 33 million investment in the 50-30 Challenge, including for the development of tools and resources to help participating organizations advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace through Canada.
In February 2021, the Honorable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, presented proposals for amendments to the Criminal Code and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. These proposed changes would reform sentencing measures for certain offenses, including repealing some of the mandatory minimum sentences that contribute to higher prison rates and disproportionately affect Indigenous peoples and Black Canadians.
In February 2021, the Honorable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, provided an update on the third pillar of the Black Entrepreneurship Program, the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund. Minister Ng stressed that the loan fund will start accepting applications in May and announced that the government’s investment in the fund will be administered by the Federation of African-Canadian Economics (FACE), a non-profit organization. federally incorporated. The founding organizations of FACE co-designed the fund in partnership with the government and participating financial institutions.
Statement by Minister Chagger on Black History Month https://www.canada.ca/en/patrimoine-canadien/nouvelles/2021/02/declaration-par-minister-chagger-on-black-history-month.html
Statement by the Prime Minister on Black History Month https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/statements/2021/02/01/statement-prime-minister-black-history-month
Black history month https://www.canada.ca/fr/patrimoine-canadien/campagnes/mois-histoire-noir.html
National virtual celebration https://youtu.be/cfx51r5Y_is
Recognition of the International Decade for People of African Descent https://www.canada.ca/fr/patrimoine-canadien/campagnes/engagement-anti-racisme/strategie-anti-racisme/decade-internationale-descente-africaine.html
International Decade for People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development https://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/
Federal Secretariat for Combating Racism https://www.canada.ca/fr/patrimoine-canadien/campagnes/secretariat-federal-anti-racisme.html
Build back better: a plan to tackle the COVID-19 recession https://budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2020/themes/building-back-better-rebatir-mieux-en.html
from Canada Anti-racism strategy 2019-2022 https://www.canada.ca/fr/canadien-patrimoine/campagnes/engagement-anti-racisme/strategie-anti-racisme.html
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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