African Heritage Month 2017

African Heritage Month Poster Coming Soon! January 24th, 2017

Passing the Torch…African Nova Scotians and the Next 150

This province has more than 48 Historic Black communities and each year we celebrate the history, heritage and contributions of African Nova Scotians during the month of February and beyond.

The theme for 2017 is: “Passing the Torch…African Nova Scotians and the Next 150”  will focus on the legacy of African Nova Scotians in the past, present and the future possibilities. The intent of this year’s theme is to acknowledge the struggle and adversity that African Nova Scotians have endured over the generations.

As a people we have made significant contributions and impact on the development of the province and the country as a whole. African Nova Scotians are charting a path for a positive and dynamic future.

We continue to observe the United Nations Declaration of 2015 – 2024 as the Decade for People of African Descent with the themes: Justice, Recognition and Development.

To have your event included in the official African Heritage Month 2017 Calendar of Events, please submit your event in the following ways below:

African Heritage Month in Canada

The commemoration of African Heritage Month in Canada can be traced to 1926 when Harvard-educated black historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week to recognize the achievements of African Americans. Woodson purposefully chose February for the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, both key figures in the emancipation of enslaved blacks: In 1976, as part of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History.

The vast contributions of African-Canadians to Canadian society have been acknowledged, informally, since the early 1950s.  In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Honourable Jean Augustine. In February 2008, now retired Nova Scotia Senator Donald Oliver, Q.C., the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced a motion to have the Senate officially declare February as Black History Month. It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008. The adoption of Senator Oliver’s motion was the final parliamentary procedure needed for Canada’s permanent recognition of Black History Month.

The African Heritage Month Information Network is a partnership with African Nova Scotian Affairs, The Black Cultural Society (Organizational Lead), African Nova Scotian Music Association, African Nova Scotian North-Central Network, African Heritage Month Southwest Network, Africville Heritage Trust, Black History Month Association, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, and Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association, the Halifax Regional Municipality’s African Nova Scotian Integration Office, and the Guysborough, Antigonish Strait African Regional Network.