Black History Month

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February is Black History Month. While we should celebrate Black history and excellence every day, this is an opportunity for a focused, intentional and elevated reflection and recognition of Black history and achievement – and the many historical and contemporary contributions of Black Canadians, Black British Columbians and Black students, faculty and staff at UBC.

Featured UBC Events

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February 8, 2022 | 11:00 am

Black Lives Matter in Italy and the Legacy of Colonialism

To celebrate Black History Month, join an online talk with Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker and activist Fred Kudjo Kuwornu on the topic of “Black Lives Matter in Italy and the Legacy of Colonialism”. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session.

February 11, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Movie Night: Hidden Figures

Join the UBC Black Student Union and the UBC SVPRO at the Performance Theatre at the AMS Nest. Event details are available on the UBC BSU Instagram account (@ubcbsu)

February 12, 2022 | 11:00 am

Sankofa Film Festival: Films from the Diaspora

This mini film festival features a series of short documentaries about the African diaspora in the Americas. Through these films, engage with the hidden histories of Canadian urban planning projects and their impacts on historic Black Canadian communities, and celebrate Africa’s rich cultural heritage that has survived through centuries.

February 15, 2022 | 12:00 pm

Celebrating the Contributions of Black Nurses in Health Care

A one-hour virtual “walk-through” of a display highlighting Black nurses in Canada and the world.
Take a deep dive into the significant contributions of Black Nurses in Canada and across the world who paved the way to better healthcare. We encourage self-reflection on how historical events and the professionalization of nursing have contributed to current health and social inequities.

February 16, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Black History Month Showcase with UBC Black Student Union

Join UBC’s Black Student Union in MOA’s Haida House for an intimate evening of musical performances in collaboration with Exposure UBC to celebrate Black History Month.

February 17, 2022 | 11:00 am

Visual Politics: Documenting Black Western Canadian Diasporic Cultural Production

Join Nya Williams, curator, founder and director of BlackArt Gastown and programmer for the Vancouver Queer Film Festival for a seminar on the histories of Black cultural production in Western Canada.

February 17, 2022 | TBA

Community Hub Sponsored Dinner

The Black Student Union and Community Hub present a community dinner. Event details are available on the UBC BSU Instagram account (@ubcbsu)

February 17–20, 2022

The Black German Heritage & Research Association Conference 2022: All Black Lives Matter

Participate in a virtual conference entitled “All Black Lives Matter: Black Germany and Beyond.” Co-sponsored by the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, the conference will consist of panel talks, keynote presentations, and workshops from a variety of speakers.

February 18, 2022 | TBA

UBC Black Studen Union First Year Meet and Greet

The UBC Black Student Union is hosting a meet and greet event for first year students. Event details are available on the UBC BSU Instagram account (@ubcbsu)

Until February 18, 2022

Black Care Baskets at UBC Okanagan

Black Care Baskets are a Black History Month initiative created by the Equity and Inclusion Office in collaboration with the Global Engagement Office and the African Caribbean Student Club at UBC Okanagan.

February 19, 2022

Black Strathcona Heritage Walking Tour with African Descent Society BC

MOA has partnered with the African Descent Society BC to support education around African descent history, culture and arts. Take their heritage walking tour of Yaletown, Gastown, Downtown Eastside and Strathcona, tracing through the history of the Black Canadian community in Vancouver.

February 24, 2022 | 8:00 pm

Chan Centre Presents: Kalabanté: Afrique en Cirque

Montréal-based troupe Kalabanté Productions fuses long-established African arts and European circus traditions to showcase exceptional dancers, contortionists, gymnasts, and equilibrists, as well as a group of highly skilled musicians.

February 28, 2022 | 8:30 pm

Afrobeats Dance Class

The UBC Black Student Union presents an Afrobeats dance class at the UBC Life Building. Event details are available on the UBC BSU Instagram account (@ubcbsu)

February 28 – March 4, 2022

Emerge: Career Week for Black Students and Students of Colour at UBC Okanagan

EMERGE is a week-long event at UBC Okanagan featuring different workshops, speakers, coaching sessions, and networking opportunities intended to support Black students and students of colour, while they navigate the job market.

Until March 27, 2022

Sankofa: African Routes, Canadian Roots

This exhibit looks at some of the divergent—and often fragmented—paths of political mobilization and cultural assertion that African and Black people in the diaspora have taken. Centered on works by contemporary artists from Lagos, Nigeria, and Vancouver, in conversation with objects in MOA’s permanent collection, this exhibition shares stories, histories and projects of African and Black affirmation. In particular, it draws connections to historical contributions and the growing vitality of Black Canadians in Vancouver.

Featured Community Events

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January 30 – February 2, 2022

Canadian Black Scientists Network: BE-STEMM 2022 Conference

The Canadian Black Scientists Network is pleased to host you for a rich, four day virtual program featuring outstanding research, career & recruitment opportunities, and facilitated connections across sectors. Throughout our program, we will engage Canadians from across the country to focus on action to remove barriers to attracting and retaining Black Canadians in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine & Health (STEMM).

February 5, 2022

“History of anti-Black Racism in Canadian Schools and Universities” with Dr. June Francis

The BC Black History Awareness Society presents this event where Dr. Francis will address, discuss, and answer questions on the “History of anti-Black Racism in Canadian Schools and Universities – the significance of the Scarborough Charter for addressing anti-Black racism in Canadian institutions of higher education.” This talk will explore the ways in which the history of Canadian educational institutions have contributed to persistent and contemporary anti-black racism in the educational system.

February 16, 2022

An Evening with Dr. Cornel West

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC Office and the BC Black History Awareness Society present this conversation that will explore themes of economics, democracy, racial justice and Black identity. Dr. West is a professor at Union Theological Seminary and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris.

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