February 2017 marks the 21st anniversary since Black History Month was first officially celebrated by the Government of Canada. The Honourable Jean Augustine who was the first black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, introduced the motion to the House of Commons to recognize the month-long celebration. The motion was carried unanimously in December 1995. The Government of Canada officially celebrated Black History Month in 1996.
All Canadians are invited to participate in Black History Month festivities and events that honour the legacy of black Canadians, past and present.