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Department of Canadian Heritage of Canada

02/01/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/01/2019 10:14

Statement by Minister Rodriguez on Black History Month

OTTAWA, February 1, 2019

Every February we honour and celebrate the significant contributions of Black Canadians to the growth and prosperity of our country. Black History Month is a time to reflect on the long and rich history of Black Canadians and their accomplishments in building an open, diverse society.

Throughout our history, Black Canadians have made a tremendous impact on society and have inspired the next generation of young Black leaders to carve out their own place in Canada. This year's theme, 'Black Canadian Youth: Boundless, Rooted and Proud,' shines a light on how Black youth are shaping the country we live in today.

As the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, I would like to reaffirm our government's commitment to address anti-black racism and discrimination that still exist in our society. I would also like to invite all Canadians to take part in the various Black History Month events held across Canada.