Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 20, 2009 17:37 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Black History Month

PORT MOODY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding to four organizations for a number of activities to celebrate Black History Month.

Funding was announced for the following organizations: the National Congress of Black Women Foundation, the Nanaimo African Heritage Society, the Centre of Integration for African Immigrants, and the British Columbia Black History Awareness Society.

- The National Congress of Black Women Foundation will host a number of events to celebrate Black History Month, including commemorative and opening ceremonies, the Music Explosion Rendezvous, and Kidz Fest.

- The Nanaimo African Heritage Society will honour black pioneers with a gospel choir concert, contemporary music and dance, drumming demonstrations, and readings from African-Canadian literature.

- The Centre of Integration for African Immigrants will feature local amateur and professional artists in performances of dance and music, as well as a series of free and open workshops to the public.

- The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society will present events featuring local amateur and professional artists in musical performances and heritage presentations.

"Black History Month provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize the many ways in which black cultures and traditions have contributed to the strength of our communities and our shared heritage," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate their local history, arts, and heritage. Celebrations like these bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to a stronger local economy."

In December 1995, the Parliament of Canada officially recognized February as Black History Month. Communities and municipalities across Canada will host events to celebrate the contribution of black Canadians to our society

Total funding of $33,900 will be shared by the organizations and is provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and historic anniversaries in Canada this year.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155