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Council proclaims February as Black History Month

posted on Feb 10 2021

Blackfalds, February 10, 2021 – Council proclaimed February as Black History Month in Blackfalds during the February 9 Regular Council Meeting. This month is an opportunity for Canadians to learn about the many contributions that Black Canadians have made to Canada. This year’s theme is The Future Is Now and pays tribute to the transformative work that Black Canadians and their communities are doing now.

Black History Month in Canada occurs every year in February and has since its inception in 1926. Alberta officially recognized Black History Month in 2017 – making Alberta the fourth province to do so formally.

This is the first year that the Town of Blackfalds has proclaimed Black History Month. Council and Administration feel it is important to bring these events and issues to light and encourage equality and respect for everyone.

“History is very important, as is recognizing Black history. We can learn so much from [all the information] that is being put out - the opportunity for citizens to learn is immense,” stated Mayor Richard Poole during the Regular Council Meeting.

Councillor William Taylor also expressed the importance of this proclamation and wanted to share a link, to Council and the public, about Alberta’s Amber Valley which anyone who is curious about the history may find valuable.

The Government of Canada has also made numerous resources available online for the public this month including historic Black Canadian Communities, Black history organizations and education resources, and noteworthy historical figures. You can find this and more on their website at canada.ca/black-history-month.

For more information:

Richard Poole

Mayor

Town of Blackfalds

403.885.6220

rpoole@blackfalds.com

 

 

Myron Thompson

Chief Administrative Officer

Town of Blackfalds

403.885. 6255

mthompson@blackfalds.com