Celebrating Black History Month and African Heritage Month 2024

As we enter the month of February, we are reminded of the rich and diverse tapestry of cultures that make up our great nation. This February, we proudly celebrate Black History Month and African Heritage Month, a time to honour and recognize the contributions of the African diaspora to the cultural, social, economic, and political landscape of Canada.

Throughout history, individuals of African descent have played pivotal roles in shaping our society, and Black History Month and African Heritage Month provides us with an opportunity to reflect on their achievements, resilience, and the ongoing journey towards equality and justice. It is a time to celebrate the vibrant traditions, customs, and history of African Canadians, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation within our diverse union community.

As members of PSAC, let us come together to commemorate Black History Month and African Heritage Month by:

  1. Educating Ourselves: Take the time to learn about the history and achievements of African Canadians. Share resources, books, documentaries, and articles that promote understanding and awareness.
  1. Celebrating Diversity: Embrace and celebrate the diversity within our union. Organize events, discussions, or workshops that highlight the contributions of African Canadians and foster unity among our members.
  1. Supporting Black-Owned Businesses: Explore and support local Black-owned businesses. This is an excellent way to contribute to the economic empowerment of the African Canadian community.
  1. Engaging in Dialogue: Create a space for open and honest conversations about racial equality, inclusion, and diversity within our union. This dialogue is crucial for fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all members.
  1. Participating in Local Events: Attend or organize events within your community that celebrate Black History Month and African Heritage Month. This could include cultural festivals, art exhibitions, or educational forums.

Let us use this month as an opportunity to strengthen our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equality within PSAC. Together, we can contribute to a more just and equitable society for all.

Thank you for your dedication and ongoing support.

In solidarity,

Farid Tourkmani
PSAC Atlantic Director for Racially Visible Members