Each February, Canadians celebrate Black History Month to honour the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities.
The 2022 theme for Black History Month is: “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day.” The theme recognizes the daily contributions that Black Canadians make to Canada. For example, one-third of Black female workers aged 25 it 59 work in Canada’s healthcare and social assistance sectors. No other sector has such high proportion of female Black workers.
The Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre (GBACHC) works to advance Black health as informed by the Black Health Committee of the Alliance for Healthier Communities (Alliance). The Alliance is the voice of the Ontario network of community-governed primary health care organizations. The Black Health Committee is currently focused on the loss and devestation Black people have faced in the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has exposed historical health inequity fault lines that Black communities face in their everyday lives.
Together with the Alliance, the GBACHC calls on political and health system leaders to urgently address social and structural determinants of health that make Black people vulnerable to health crises.
Since the early beginnings of Canadian history, Black soldiers, sailors, newspaper editors, musicians, athletes and healthcare workers have made significant contributions to the development of Canada.
Learn more and celebrate the proud Black Canadian heritage documented in this video.