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Black History Month

Every February, Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement to celebrate Black History Month:

“Throughout our history, Black Canadians have played a key role in building and shaping the diverse, compassionate, and prosperous country that we are all so proud to call home. 
“Every February, Canadians celebrate Black History Month by acknowledging the remarkable achievements and contributions that Canadians of African and Caribbean descent have made to Canada.  
“I urge all Canadians to reflect on the bravery and courage of individuals like Viola Desmond, a prominent Black Canadian businesswoman who changed the course of Canadian history by defiantly refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946.
“In recognition of her impact on the civil rights and freedoms movement in Canada, the Government of Canada chose Viola Desmond as the face of Canada’s ten dollar bank note.
“This year, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, let us never forget the stories of Black Canadians’ courage in the face of intolerance. Diversity is our greatest strength, and we must always continue to build a country that affords equality and opportunity for all.
“Together, let us celebrate the heritage of Black Canadians, and honour the integral role they have played in shaping our democratic and free society.” Justin Trudeau

At Westminster, our students learn about the many contributions of Canadians of African and Caribbean descent this month and throughout the year. We are honoured to have families of many races, cultures and religions at our school and we acknowledge the many contributions that have influenced our Canadian society. 
Also, at Westminster our ongoing work to support a positive and inclusive school climate is manifested in the work we do around character education. The character trait of "Perseverance" is well placed as the focus for February and represents the struggle and triumph remembered and discussed during Black History month. With perseverance we can overcome our struggles and we can reach our goals. These are life skills for all our students as well as ourselves. 

For more information and resources about Black History Month please visit - https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month.html


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