Canadians don’t know enough about their own Black history — these organizations are changing that

For these Black non-profits and initiatives, Black History Month is a year-round affair

Why It Matters

With Black Canadians often missing from history books and school curriculums, non-profits and other organizations are tasked with keeping their stories alive. These organizations not only recall history, but also ignite discussions about Black history that last well beyond February.

Understanding the long and incredible history of Black Canadians requires more than just a month of reflection and celebration. 

February may be Black History Month, but uncovering Black history is an everyday effort for many Canadian organizations. Small non-profits, city-funded arts initiatives, and organizing committees alike are constantly trying to promote a deeper understanding of Canada’s Black history and culture, something that’s lacking among many in both the general public and the social impact world. 

Here are four Canadian organizations doing that important work:


Amherstburg Freedom Museum

One of the most significant artifacts at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum to Mary-Katherine Whelan, the curator, is known as a lashing ring. This iron band was embedded in a tree on the property of Colonel Matthew Elliot, a local militi

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