Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

February 01, 2010 14:06 ET

Minister Kenney Issues Statement on Black History Month

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 1, 2010) - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement for the beginning of Black History Month:

"Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time to honour the legacy of black Canadians and celebrate their many achievements and contributions to Canada.

"The theme of Black History Month 2010 is "Proud of our History," which will focus on three elements: the 150th anniversary of the presentation of the Victoria Cross to William Hall; the exceptional contribution of Harriet Tubman during the Underground Railroad Movement; and the historical significance and entrepreneurship of Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, a Person of National Historic Significance.

"Black History Month is a great opportunity for Canadians to learn about the contributions of black communities and the vital role they have played in our history. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am proud to officially launch Black History Month on Parliament Hill tomorrow.

"As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I encourage all Canadians to participate in Black History Month activities across the country. For example, later this week a play by noted Canadian actor Anthony Sherwood premiers at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic honouring the legacy of William Hall, V.C. This is just one of many opportunities to learn about the many ways that black communities have contributed to the strength of our communities and our shared identity."

For more information on Black History Month and the events that will be happening across the country, visit the website www.cic.gc.ca/multiculturalism/black/index.asp.

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