Black History Month

“We must remember that people of African descent are among those most affected by racism. Too often, they face denial of basic rights such as access to quality health services and education.”

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


This year marks the beginning of the International Decade for People of African Descent: Recognition, Justice and Development proclaimed bythe United Nations’ General Assembly to recognize “that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.”

The International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by General Assembly provides a framework for countries to work with People of African Descent in order to implement an action plan.

PSAC conducted research on the impact of slavery on women of African descent to better understand the on-going impact of racism. PSAC will share some of the findings from that research, including looking at a timeline of the history of slavery in Canada.

Although this is not an exhaustive timeline, as new information is regularly being put forward about the enslavement of African peoples in Canada, this timeline will provide a broad overview by focusing on some key known points.

PSAC encourages members in their locals, regions and components to discuss racism in Canada, as well as, celebrate the many contributions black people have and continue to make to our communities on a daily basis.