Black History Month

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It's Black History Month

And The Women’s Centre of Calgary Resource Centre Team wants to share with you some important information and resources specific to Black people in Mohkinstsis (Blackfoot for Calgary) and Kanata (Huron-Iroquois name/origins for the word ‘Canada’) today and throughout the duration of Black History Month. 

Content Warning: Mention of Enslavement and Segregation

Black History: Resistance and Liberation

Resources and access to resources for Black people have been historically limited and intentionally withheld, leading to ongoing resource scarcity. Concurrently, resource access and resource sharing for racialized and marginalized communities is necessary. From local businesses to anti-racism collectives, BIPOC-led organizations, and online resources such as virtual counselling, zoom community care meet-ups, and social media accounts with Black creators, storytellers, scholars and more – these resources provide space for racialized folks to be seen, heard and represented as their authentic selves.

In Kanata and across Turtle Island, Black folks have a history of oppression, resistance, and perseverance. Although much of Black people’s early history in Kanata involved enslavement and segregation, Black people have demonstrated strength & resilience throughout time.

Through radical resistance and advocacy, Black people have achieved various milestones and accomplishments that have contributed to our society. These contributions have influenced and defined much of Kanata culture and shaped history.

With triumphs and change-making over the years because of Black advocacy and allies working towards Black equity and liberation, there has been an increase in resources specific to Black folks in Kanata under various topics. Simultaneously, Black people still face a barrier when accessing recourses and have a disproportionately lower number of resources to access compared to their non-Black counterparts.

Knowledge Sharing

In pursuit of Black Liberation, it is important that we are all informed of what current resources there are for Black folks and for non-Black folks to learn more about the rich history of Blackness in this city and in this country.

Below is a list of a few resources to start you off this month, as we can all contribute to building our knowledge on each resource alongside promoting and sharing to folks in need of their services:

Canadian Encyclopedia: Black History in Canada The Canadian Encyclopedia plays an essential role in providing Canadians and others with accurate, updated information about Black Canadians and their communities. A highly recommended resource for those who are unfamiliar with Black history here or seeking more knowledge.

The Canadian Encyclopedia Logo (maple leaf)

Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities in Canada. Building on their track record as an effective mobilizer and champion, they continue to grow the movement for change. Driven by groundbreaking research, strong partnerships, and people, this movement continues to build innovative solutions to improve Black health and well-being and mobilize people and financial resources to create lasting change in the lives of Black children, families, and communities.

Resources for Black People in Alberta resources with 24 different categories covering a broad range of topics. Some examples include immigration services, youth resources, community organization and events, anti-racism resources and many more. The Resources included in the list are based all around Alberta, and some can also be accessed in other provinces throughout the country.

Stay tuned for more resource sharing to come over the duration of February! Resources specific to Black businesses, including restaurants, shops, visual arts, podcasts, musicians & more to support locally, regionally & nationally!

We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.

Melia Wylie

Melia Wylie

Partnership Development & Community Support Team Coordinator

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