“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” – Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” – Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr.

Activities-Events-Projects

The Society develops innovative ways to stay connected to the community. We put on numerous events each year as part of building an inclusive society free of racism and discord. And as our purpose states – to keep the recognition and appreciation for the contributions of Black people to our province alive.

Here are some of our programs and projects; and check our Events.

  • African Ancestry: Identities and Lived Realities is a research and dialogue project exploring how identity shapes lived realities of Black people of African descent in British Columbia. This project is supported in part with funding from the Government of British Columbia. More
  • Black History at the Royal BC Museum is a partnership between the Society and the Museum to produce an exhibit featuring the role of Black people in the development and life of the province.
  • Black History Curriculum Enhancement is a collaboration of the Society with the Ministry of Education and other groups to increase the presence of Black history and culture in the curriculum for BC schools.
  • British Columbia’s Black Pioneers: Their Industry and Character Influenced the Vision of Canada is a bilingual exhibit that is part of the Community Stories at Canadian Museum of History, Digital Museums Canada. The exhibit is set to launch in January 2021. Read more
  • Colourful Business is a capacity-building conference and public exhibition to promote Indigenous, racialized and new immigrant businesses and enterprises. It is a partnership among BC Black History Awareness Society, Kulea Culture Society, Songhees Development Corporation and the City of Victoria, Mayor’s Office. [Postponed until large in-person events can resume.]
  • Open Space Victoria is a project with artist Charles Campbell using art, performance, cultural workshops and presentations to engage with the public on the past, present and future of Black people in BC.
  • Remembrance Day. The Society participates in ceremonies to commemorate Black Canadian and British Columbia service personnel.  We honour and remember the men and women who served and continue to serve.
  • Youth Engagement Program addresses knowledge of history and culture among young people and builds anti-racist socially inclusive alliances among diverse sectors, using hip hop, graffiti and other contemporary means.

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