Black History Month

Every February, people in Canada are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. The prairies have a rich history of Black Canadians who helped establish the agriculture industry, right here in Alberta. 

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Honouring Black History in Alberta

Black History Month

Every February, people in Canada are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. The prairies have a rich history of Black Canadians who helped establish the agriculture industry, right here in Alberta. 

Black History Month is a time for us to come together to reflect on the past. To understand where we came from in order to provide us with opportunities to learn and grow so that we can create a more equitable and inclusive future. 

It is a time for us to come together as a community to honour the contributions, achievements, and lived experiences of Black Canadians. We encourage all members of the Olds College community to take time to collectively listen, engage, and learn about Black Canadian histories and the cultures of newcomers, which greatly contribute to our society.

  

Black History on the Prairies Discussion Series

The Olds College Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee will be hosting a “Black History on the Prairies Discussion Series” throughout February, March and April.  Our goal is to extend the discussion and reflection beyond the month of February. 

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Each month, Olds College students, faculty and staff will watch a documentary or read a book. A virtual coffee and moderated discussion will be scheduled for us to share in important dialogue about the topic. 

February’s Discussion will be about the documentary: We Are the Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies.

March’s Discussion will be about John Ware. Below are some options to learn more about this important historic Alberta figure. 

April’s Discussion will be about local Calgary author, Cheryl Foggo’s book: Pourin' Down Rain: A Black Woman Claims Her Place in the Canadian West

Virtual conversation with filmmaker Cheryl Foggo

April 21  8:00pmMST  Zoom Meeting

Join the Vancouver Public Library for a virtual conversation with filmmaker Cheryl Foggo and writer (and Olds College Instructor!) Bertrand Bickersteth as they discuss the history and experiences of early Black cowboys and ranchers around the turn of the 20th century. Both Cheryl and Bertrand will also share their own lived experiences around anti-Black racism growing up in Alberta.

Registration is required, but you do not need to have a VPL Card to attend. 

Register Here

John Ware Reclaimed (Promo Clip 01m29s) from NFB/marketing on Vimeo.