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Algoma University Celebrates Black History Month

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Anti-Black Racism working group committee invites you to join in this year’s Black History Month events. This year’s theme is Transformative Journeys: Black Resistance and Resilience. 

We are partnering with the Timmins, Brampton and Sault Ste. Marie Afro Caribbean communities on the many events and activities planned for the month of February. Black History Month celebrations provide the opportunity to reflect on the intersectional identities and histories of Black peoples and their myriad contributions globally.  Black History Month is also a time to reflect on the University’s commitment to the Scarborough Charter, undoing anti-Black racism and creating a conducive environment for Black thriving and Black inclusion. Black History Month is also an opportunity to acknowledge and recognize the past and present contributions of Black students, faculty, staff, alumni and all Black Canadians. As a university, Algoma commits to raising awareness of the resistance, struggles and injustices experienced by Black peoples throughout history.  We ask everyone to commit to learning and engaging more with diverse Black histories and communities. We invite each and every one of you to join us in the upcoming events. Here are Eventbrite celebrations that you can participate in across Canada.

See a full list of guest speakers and events below:

Black History Month Virtual Keynote Speaker Event

Topic: Breaking Down Colonial Structures and The Architects of Anti-Black Racism

Date: February 03, 2023, from 7:00-9:00 pm

Zoom Webinar link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85862550876 

This keynote focuses on critical understandings and ways of dismantling the colonial architectures of anti-Black racism. The presentation will make discursive links between race, Indigeneity, decolonization and anti-Black racism education. We engage key concepts of race, [anti-]Blackness, Indigeneity and decoloniality to think through and work to create equitable learning and social outcomes for young learners, field practitioners and community workers. 

Full event details

Black History Month Speaker Series

Topic: Active Resistance and Politics of Blackness

Date: February 10, 2023, from 7:00-9:00 pm

Zoom Webinar link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83026423860 

Topic: Active Resistance and Politics of Blackness

For a while, Black communities in Canada have engaged in active politics. Part of Black active politics is to engage in policy decisions that touch on people’s lives. It is not lost that most policies are mainstream and remain white and therefore do not meet the everyday challenges of Black communities. 

Guest Speaker #2:  Hassan Faisal (He/Him)

Faisal is a proud Toronto resident and engaged community advocate.

He has volunteered on the boards of the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation and Habitat for Humanity in Brampton and currently serves on the board of directors at the Weston King Neighbourhood Centre in Weston.

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February 25, 2023, Annual Black History Month Dinner Celebration

Theme: Transformative Journeys

Time and Venue: Saturday, February 25th from 5:00 p.m. at the Bush Plane Museum on 50 Pim St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

Tickets: You can purchase tickets on ACCANO’s website or via the Eventbrite page

All proceeds from the dinner will go towards supporting ACCANO Scholarship funds at Algoma University and Sault College. This event will feature a dinner menu reflective of ACCANO’s rich and diverse cultures, live music, dance performances, door prizes, a cash bar and much more.

Keynote Guest Speaker: Kristine Murray (She/Her)

Kristine is a helper, speaker and advocate, specializing in Indigenous knowledge sharing, intersectional diversity and Afro-Indigenous identity. 

Kristine is experienced in community development both personally, professionally and in her current role on the City of Timmins Council. Kristine was the first person of colour to become the Mayor of the City of Timmins. 

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