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Black History Month Vancouver: Ways to Participate

Black History Month Vancouver: Ways to Participate

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February 1st marked the start of Black History Month which celebrates Black people and their impact and achievements throughout Canada. Did you know Black History Month was officially recognized across Canada in 1995? The reality is that Black accomplishments and history start long before that date. If you’re not sure where to start your learning or how to celebrate, we’ve rounded up ways to honour Black History Month and learn with your kids! No need to pick just one – you can do them all. 

1. Visit a Black History memorial around Vancouver

Kids love parks! Visit the parks around Vancouver that have a Black history memorial and learn about the history together.

Honoring Black history in parks | City of Vancouver 

Pro tip: Pack a picnic lunch or order takeout from a local Black-owned restaurant from the list below. 

Black history memorials Vancouver BC
Photo Credit: website

2. Try a Black owned restaurant

Try a Black-owned restaurant with the fam. One of our favourites is Riddim & Spice on Commercial Dr.

Other favourite Black-owned restaurants in the Metro Vancouver area:

JUKE Fried Chicken
PG’s Jamaican Restaurant
Cafe Di Reggae

Photo Credit: Riddim & Spice Instagram

3. Read books together

Here are a few books by Canadian Black authors you may want to check out: 

Books for children

Dear Black Girls by Shanice Nicole

My Soca Birthday Party by Yolanda T. Marshal

Idia Of Benin Kingdom by Ekiuwa Aire

My Hair by Danielle Murrell Cox

Books for the ages 12+ 

Facing The Sun by Janice Lynn Maher

Charming Is A Verb by Ben Philippe

Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

No Crystal Stair by Mairuth Sarsfield

Want to know where to pick up books? Here are 5 independent bookstores in Vancouver.

Black history books
Photo Credit: CBC website

4. Play interactive games online

Engage in learning materials with your kids. Local Vancouver mom and kindergarten teacher, Breyen Wee, has printables made especially for elementary-aged children: Black History – Readers & Activities. Or, you can take part in interactive games like the one CBC Kids offers to open up a dialogue about Black History in Canada.

Photo Credit: Breyen Wee Instagram

5. BC Black History Awareness Society

Attend events held by the BC Black History Awareness Society.

BC Black History Awareness Society

Photo Credit: Website

6. Donate to a charity for Black History month

Donate to charities that support the Black community, like Black Health Alliance and the Harriet Tubman Community Organization

7. Engage in programs that support Black organizations

Seek out, follow and engage with organizations and programs that support celebrating Black culture all year long.

Black Women Connect Vancouver

Akoma Vancouver

Black History Month fact: the month of February was chosen because it included the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and past president Abraham Lincoln, who both fought to end the enslavement of Black people.

Here are some additional resources for you to explore this month and beyond.

BC Black History Awareness Society

Black Women Connect Vancouver

Akoma Vancouver

Black History Month in Canada

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