February is Black History and Futures Month; a momentous occasion that allows for global recognition of the significant, yet often invisible role Black people play in histories and contemporarily across Canada. This month is a time for everyone else to recognize and respect the intersectionalities that play a crucial part in the diversity of Canada, particularly those who are a part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ Black community. We must commit ourselves to unlearning biases, hidden and unhidden, to address our fears and to examine our actions moving forward toward the universal need for Black liberation.
Below are some links to resources that illustrate the true and unedited experiences of Black people in Canada; the final resource listed is a book specific to Newfoundland and Labrador. Canadian history is Black history.
We encourage you to take some time to sit with these resources as you reflect and commit to change this February.
“Black Life: Untold Stories” via CBC
“The Dangers of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“Significant events in Black history in Canada” via Government of Canada
“Why the way we’re taught about how Black people came to Canada is completely wrong” by Christopher Stuart Taylor
“BLACK HARBOUR: SLAVERY AND THE FORGOTTEN HISTORIES OF BLACK PEOPLE IN NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR” by Xaiver Campbell & Heather Barrett (NL written book)