February 1, 2020

REGINA, SK – February is Black History Month, and SGEU recognizes the many contributions Black members and activists have made and are currently making to the labour movement.

This year, Black History Month will have to be celebrated differently and with pandemic precautions in place. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five ways to celebrate Black History Month in Saskatchewan… while staying home and staying safe.

5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Saskatchewan

#1 Learn about local Black history by visiting the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum virtually!

The SACHM documents local Black history and notable Black people who lived – or are living – in Saskatchewan.

Visit them at: www.sachm.org

#2 Read a book by a local Black author.

L’il Shadd: A story of Ujima by Miriam Korner and Alix Lwanga tells the story of Dr. Shadd, the first Black doctor on the prairies, and is a great option for kids!

#3 Learn more about the Black Lives Matter movement in Canada.

The struggle for justice and equality is far from over in Canada. Black History Month is a great opportunity to learn about the issues facing Black people and communities across Canada today.

Visit: www.blacklivesmatter.ca

#4 Research Saskatchewan’s Shiloh People, our first Black farming community.

Saskatchewan’s first Black farming community was near Maidstone, SK. The church and cemetery are still standing, and the area has been designated a provincial heritage site. Research this community and learn about Black farmers’ history and connections to the land.

#5 Learn more about the anti-racism work of SGEU’s Human Rights & Equity Committee.

SGEU has a diverse Human Rights & Equity Committee with a mandate to provide education, representation, and advocacy for workers of colour and Indigenous workers. This committee works to put a lens of anti-racism onto the work of the union, an Equity conference every two years.

Visit: https://www.sgeu.org/about-us/standing-committees/human-rightsequity-committee

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Header Photo Source: Lemuel Boyd, Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum (http://sachm.org/)