Celebrate Black History Month with the National Archives

I’ve never really thought of the Library and Archives Canada as a museum. I guess it’s because I’ve never actually been there for anything other than catered functions (I was one of the girls walking around with hors d’oeuvres. “Would you like to try duck confit/gazpacho/smoked salmon?”).

William Hall, born in 1825 in Summerville, Nova Scotia received the Victoria Cross, the highest British military award for bravery

William Hall, born in 1825 in Summerville, Nova Scotia received the Victoria Cross, the highest British military award for bravery

Regardless of my experiences, the LAC is registered under the Canadian Museums Association, and I subscribe to their RSS feed.  I found Library and Archives Canada’s website filled with resources related to Black Canadian genealogy, the anti-slavery movement in Canada, achievements, athletics and more. This site also linked to Black History Ottawa,  where you can find all of the Black History Month events details.

Here’s just a sample of some of the events you can attend this February.

Theme: Our Canadian Story

Sunday, January 31
Black History Month Launch & Opening Ceremony
Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Free Admission.  Donations to Black History Ottawa gratefully accepted.
An evening of inspiration and entertainment reflecting the theme Our Canadian Story, to highlight the diverse and little-known stories and contributions of past and present persons of African descent in the building of Canada, to celebrate the attachment of Canadian Blacks to this country, and to underscore the importance of developing our future leaders to assist in building a vibrant community.  Also, 2010 BHM Proclamation by the Mayor of Ottawa and Presentation of 2010 Black History Ottawa Community Builder Awards.
Black History Ottawa acknowledges the kind generosity of the Library & Archives of Canada for this event.

Tuesday, February 2
An evening with Angela Davis
Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson street
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) is hosting Angela Davis to kick off Black History Month activities on campus. The former professor at the University of California and political activist will be addressing the crowd on issues relating to identity and there will be a Question and Answer period. Tickets are 10$ in advance, 20$ at the door for students and 25$ for community members. Tickets are available at the SFUO office located at 85 University street, room 07 at the University of Ottawa. For information : vp.finance@sfuo.ca.

Wednesday February 3
Film: The Woman I Have Become (in French)
Rainbow Cinema St. Laurent Shopping Centre   1200 St. Laurent Blvd.
5:30 – 7.30 p.m.

Free Admission   A documentary profiling the lives of strong and courageous Black Canadian women of African and Caribbean ancestry living with AIDS in Ontario. Developed by Women’s Health in Women’s Hands, in partnership with the African & Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, African Community Health Services, Voices of Positive Women and Africans in Partnership Against AIDS. With funding from the AIDS Bureau of the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-term Care. Parental discretion advised. Presented as a community service by the Overbrook-Forbes Community Resource Centre, in partnership with Ottawa Public Health and the Vanier Community Service Centre.

Information : Armand Kayolo , agent de développement communautaire  Armand.Kayolo@ofcrc.org 613.745.0073 Ext. 119      Barra Thiom   Agent de développement communautaire   Community Developer   bthiom@cscvanier.com (613) 744-2892  ext. 1059

Wednesday February 3
Sauti Yetu (Our Voice) presented by the African Heritage Centre
Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street
7:30 pm.

Admission: $15 in advance & $20 at the door. Traditional Dances, Songs, Drumming, Belly Dancing & much more. Guest speaker: Hon. Madeleine Meilleur (Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs).
613.860.3022 day time, evenings.
613.612.5533, after 7:00 pm. on weekdays & weekends.

Thursday, February 4
Ottawa Police Service Black History Month Celebration
Ottawa Police Service Headquarters, 474 Elgin Street
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Free Admission
Come and join the Ottawa Police Service as they raise their Black History Month banner in celebration of Black History Month. Music and refreshments provided. Buses #5 and #6.
613-236-1222 Ext. 5014
Saturday, February 6
Film: Black in Ottawa & Intergenerational forum
Library & Archives of Canada
395 Wellington Street
2.00 – 5.00 p.m.

Black In Ottawa – film screening & panel discussion on Canadian black identity and how it is affected by the existing generational divide. This event is intended to launch a community-wide constructive and fruitful dialogue between the generations on how to build bridges and create an authentically Canadian black identity. The filmmakers who made the documentary “Black in Ottawa” will be in attendance. Panellists will include black youth and elders.
Free admission.

Sunday, February 7
Children’s Stories in the Diaspora
Ottawa Public Library, Nepean Centrepointe Branch, Children’s Program
Room, 101 Centrepointe Drive
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Free Admission.  Donations to Black History Ottawa gratefully accepted.
Listen to readers from the black community share children’s stories written by black
authors from the diaspora. Books from the library will be on display and a local
bookseller will have books for sale on site. All are welcome to attend this family event.
A partnership between the Ottawa Public Library and Black History Ottawa.

Thursday February 11 – Sunday February 14

International African Inventors’ Museum Canada Science & Technology Museum – 1867 St. Laurent Blvd.

9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Admission: Regular Canada Science Museum fees. Inspirational exhibit of inventions and innovations by scientists and pioneers of African descent. Science and health presentations and demonstrations to primary school children and families.    Information   : 613.567.0600   or kemetca@yahoo.ca and    www.jakukonbit.com

Wednesday, February 17
Canada-U.S.A. Black Studies Mini Film Festival
Library and Archives Canada – 395 Wellington Street
5:00 pm
Featuring Distinguished Actor/Director/Producer Anthony Sherwood and the following documentaries:  Enslavement to Emancipation, a documentary on the history of Washington, DC; Black, Copper, & Bright: The District of Columbia’s Black Civil War Regiment, based on the book by Historian C.R. Gibbs; 100 Years of Faith, a documentary on the oldest Black church in Montreal and a salute to William Hall, the first Black person, the first Nova Scotian, and the first Canadian seaman to receive the Victoria Cross, the British Empire’s highest award for bravery.
Marc Delorme
Event Coordinator, Exhibitions and Public Programs
Library and Archives Canada
Tel: 613 947-5770

Saturday 20 February
Nigerian Panorama
Library & Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street
2.00 – 5.00 p.m.

Admission: $5.00
Art exhibit, music, dance, fashion and culture from Nigeria. Come and experience the sights and sounds of Africa’s most populous and vibrant nation.
Brenda Obaseki

Saturday, February 20
Marconi Centre – 1026 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON
“Help Haiti Rise Again” Inspiritional Mics Black Tie Affair Gala.
GPM Music Group presents the 2nd annual Black Tie Affair Gala . This luxurious experience will take you on a journey with a red carpet entrance, interview and pictures, live entertainment, stand up comedian, after party and more. Tickets will be on sale January 9th – February 15th for $55.00 per person. Tickets will be at Salem Christian Storehouse. For more info or tickets, please call 613-277-2777 or 613-797-9591


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