August 2021

In this month we honour our past, and recognize and celebrate the strengths of our community.

August 1st is Emancipation Day in Canada – officially!

Slave sale advertisement-September 1790 Halifax

On March 24, 2021 MPs in the House of Commons voted unanimously to designate August 1 as Emancipation Day across Canada. Check our story Emancipation Day: Past, Present and Future and watch the short video with Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard, an independent senator, educator, and community activist. “the country will know about it and understand its’ meaning – without fully telling that history is like an erasure of our past.”

b&w photo young boy sitting in field cross-legged holding large open book, he is looking directly at the camera

August 12th is United Nations International Youth Day

To recognize this day we are sharing a spoken word piece by Shayna Jones, spoken word artist AND one of our members!. Shayna first wrote and shared the poem in honor of May 25th, the one year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, and her young son’s 7th birthday. Shayna has called the piece “Black Roots: for the Black Youth of Canada”.

August 14th: Opening Day
“Hope Meets Action: Echoes Through The Black Continuum

Hope Meets Action Exhibit Poster

This exhibition at the Royal BC Museum, Victoria is the result of collaboration led by BC Black History Awareness Society with community focus groups, writer Josh Robertson, Vancouver and designer Rodney Hazard, New York.

On August 14th at 11:00 am the exhibition will be officially opened with a 1 hour ceremony, livestream through the RBCM facebook page.

After the ceremony, the exhibit will be officially opened to the public beginning at noon and will continue to be open every day during regular museum hours (10:00 am to 6:00 pm) until March 1, 2022. About the Exhibition

August 16th and 17th
The graffiti workshop is a two-day program for youth ages 11-24

BCBHAS Graffiti Event Poster

The workshop will be facilitated by three BIPOC artists and you! This is a free event, but you must register. Come as you are, ready to learn basic graffiti techniques and the history of graffiti in Hip-Hop! All youth are invited to register. Space is limited. Priority given to youth who are Black, Indigenous or people of colour.

BC's Black Pioneers: Digital Museums Canada Exhibit feature image

Behind the scenes of “BC’s Black Pioneers: Their Industry and Character Influenced the Vision of Canada” This is the Digital Museums Canada exhibit we launched in December. Find out about the project, the team and their work in this article written by Fran Morrison, Project Manager; published by HERE Magazine. Read the Article

– Halifax Newspaper Reproduction: September 7, 1790; Leo Bertley, “Black Tiles in the Mosaic”
– Photo of young boy – Lyrax Vincent, Unsplash
– Hope Meets Action Poster: Design by Rodney Hazard, Rosemary Brown art by Sade Alexis
– Graffiti Poster, BC Black History Awareness Society
– BC’s Black Pioneers: Images courtesy of City of Victoria Archives, Royal BC Museum and Archives, Salt Spring Island Archives. Collage compiled by Beth Cruise, BC Black History Awareness Society
– Website post background abstract, Gradienta, Unsplash