ACCANO: Black History Month Reflection and Celebration

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The theme for this year’s celebration is 'Black History Matters'. The African Caribbean Canadian Association of Northern Ontario (ACCANO)

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON: The African Caribbean Canadian Association of Northern Ontario (ACCANO) would like to extend our warm invitation to you to join us in this year’s virtual annual Black History Month events. ACCANO was established in 2011 as a not for profit, non-political, and non-denominational association that seeks to promote and grow awareness of our cultural heritage, while promoting unity within the community.

Black History Month is an opportunity to recognize the past and present achievements and contributions of people of African descent to Canadian history and diversity. The theme for this year’s celebration is Black History Matters and will be the focus of our events throughout the month.

As much as the pandemic has moved our vibrant Annual Black History Month Dinner celebrations online, we embrace the new virtual way of working and are bringing you a month full of reflections, education, awareness and celebration from the comfort of your living room.

ACCANO cordially invites you to celebrate with us 10 years of growth, community building and success. On February 13th, ACCANO will be hosting a virtual event from 2 pm to 5 pm. This celebration will feature poetry readings, performances and a human library. As well, ACCANO will make a special community announcement!

On February 17th, ACCANO and Algoma University have invited Professor Cecil Foster, one of Canada’s leading public intellectuals on issues of race, culture, citizenship, and immigration to hold a virtual session from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm. The topic for this session is Black Lives and the Building of Modern Canada; Reflections on the historic role of Black Sleeping Car Porters.

ACCANO in partnership with Algoma University and Sault College will be hosting a series of virtual sessions on February 6th, 20th and 27th to provide its members, Black students and employees from Algoma University and Sault College a safe space to practice Black centred wellness, self-care and healing strategies from the Pan-African world.

A big thank you to our community partners and sponsors who have made it possible for these virtual events to happen: Algoma University, Algoma University Student Union, Sault College, Algoma Workforce Investment Corporation, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, and United Steelworkers Local 2724.

For more information on how to register for these events and for additional information on other events happening in our community, check our website and Algoma University’s website.