We enter Black History Month with the reminder of the enslaved history of African-descent people brought to Turtle Island.
As our calendar turns to February 1, Black History Month will be celebrated and remembered across Canada throughout the month in schools, civic organizations, religious gathering, government institutions, and particularly in Black communities.
In The United Church of Canada, we enter Black History Month with the reminder of the enslaved history of African-descent people brought by British and French settlers in Turtle Island.
Brianna Lane, a participant in the Learning Community from the Young Black Scholars Project, choreographed and produced a portrayal of this history through modern dance. Brianna is currently completing her MSc in Physical Geography at the University of Toronto. She is also a member of Trinity United Church in Cobourg, Ontario.
We invite you to view it and imagine that history from its beginning and how it continues to unfold in our present day context.
For the rest of the month, we will be posting a couple of blogs written by African-descent youths from our communities of faith and a video blog on how a community of faith in Nova Scotia engages in Black Lives Matter as their commitment to support the unfolding history of Black communities in their area.
Thank you for joining with us to celebrate Black History.
— Emo Yango, Identity and Mission Network Coordinator
The views contained within these blogs are personal and do not necessarily reflect those of The United Church of Canada.