Black History Month

February is Black History Month. Proud of our history. 2015 The year of Sport in Canada.

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Every year, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.

Canadians take this time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today. During Black History Month, Canadians can gain insight into the experiences of black Canadians and their vital role in the community.

Proud of our history

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has declared 2015 as the “Year of Sport” in Canada, during which Canadians will recognize the importance of sports in our everyday lives and in our identity as Canadians.

The great Nelson Mandela, whom Canada Post will honour with a commemorative stamp in 2015, saw sport as a uniquely powerful way to create understanding amongst individuals from all walks of life, saying, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.”

Black Canadians have a rich history of breaking down barriers through sport. In 2015, Black History Month honours Canadian athletes, both past and present, for their contributions to breaking down those barriers on the national and international scenes. These athletes include:

To learn more about the contributions of black Canadians throughout Canada’s history, visit the Canadian Black History Virtual Museum or the photo gallery.

The Honourable Lincoln Alexander

In December 2014, the Government of Canada declared January 21 to be Lincoln Alexander Day. 2015 marks the first year that Canada has celebrated Lincoln Alexander Day across the country.

The Honourable Lincoln Alexander (1922-2012) became the first black Member of Parliament in Canada on June 25, 1968. In 1985, he also became the first visible minority to be appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

His other notable achievements include:

  • Second World War veteran (Royal Canadian Air Force)
  • Member of the Queen’s Privy Council
  • Federal Minister of Labour
  • First visible minority appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
  • Chancellor of the University of Guelph
  • Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
  • Companion of the Order of Canada
  • Member of the Order of Ontario

In honour of the inaugural celebration of Lincoln Alexander Day in 2015, a special poster has been designed. Please click here to read a statement from the Minister on this special day.

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