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Proclamation of Black History Month for February 2016


Proclamation of Black History Month for February 2016

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

On January 25th, on the advice of the government, the Lieutenant Governor signed the following proclamation to formally recognize Black History Month for February 2016: 

WHEREAS throughout its long history, Ontario has been characterized and strengthened by its diverse and distinctive cultures;

AND WHEREAS from the time of its establishment, people of African descent have made significant contributions to the development and betterment of the province;

AND WHEREAS the Black community continues to play a vital role within the social and cultural mosaic that is Ontario;

AND WHEREAS Black History Month was first recognized in Ontario as February 1993, marking the 200th anniversary of the passage of legislation prohibiting the importation of slaves into Upper Canada;

AND WHEREAS Black History Month continues to provide the opportunity to remember and celebrate the contribution that African Canadians have made to Ontario;

THEREFORE a proclamation is issued naming the month of February 2016 as Black History Month in Ontario

Media Contacts

  • Jeff Costen

    Minister’s Office


    (416) 314-4266

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch


    (416) 326-1724



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