Published on February 23, 2021

Celebrate Black History Month in St. Albert

February is Black History Month during which we celebrate the rich history of Black Canadians and their experiences, achievements and contributions. Black History Month provides an opportunity for people of all cultures to gain insight into the journey of Black Canadians and Albertans, and how they have shaped Canada’s heritage.

On February 1, 2021, Mayor Cathy Heron proclaimed the month of February as Black History Month in St. Albert. Watch the video from Council to see her proclamation (13:26 of the video).

There are a variety of ways to learn more about Black history.

Celine Caruso Dixon is hosting a Black Film Watch Party in honour of Black History Month. The screening of the movie Show Girls will take place on February 26, at 7 p.m. If interested, be sure to register online to join the event.

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Black settlers played a historic role in pioneering lands that would become Alberta. Learn about the African American pioneers who settled the Breton, Alberta area, which they originally called Keystone.

The Africans and African Descendants Friendship Club of St. Albert received a City of St. Albert Community Grant to host Taste of Africa on February 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. There will be a drive-thru food pickup before the event. The tickets include a livestream link that gives you access to cultural dances, storytelling, poetry, singing, drumming and a parade of ethnic fashion.

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If you want to learn more about Black History Month and participate in community events happening throughout Alberta, visit the Government of Alberta website.

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Last edited: February 23, 2021