February 1, 2019 Ottawa, Ontario
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Black History Month:
“Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time to celebrate Black culture and history, and to reflect on the significant contributions Black Canadians have made to building Canada.
“As leaders, advocates, entrepreneurs, artists, members of our armed forces, and everything in between, Black Canadians have helped shape our history and our identity as a country. Whether on the global stage or here at home, they have defended the values that make us who we are – values like freedom, justice, democracy, and equality. Their work has helped transform Canada into a more inclusive, compassionate, and prosperous country for all of us.
“This year’s theme – Black Canadian Youth: Boundless, Rooted, & Proud – celebrates young Black Canadians: their power, their voices, their achievements, and their future. But it also reminds us of the inequality and barriers many continue to face, from anti-black racism and discrimination to a lack of opportunity and resources. That’s unacceptable. Our diversity is our strength, and we need to do more to achieve real equality for young Canadians and everyone in our country.
“That is why we are working hard to make sure all Canadians have equal opportunities to thrive – no matter the colour of their skin or where they come from, the language they speak or the religion they practice. Last year, we launched a new funding initiative to address the unique challenges faced by Black communities in Canada, including $9 million over three years for community-led projects to support the needs of Black Canadian youth. In Budget 2018, we committed additional funding to develop new culturally informed approaches to improve mental health in Black Canadian communities. We will continue to take concrete action to combat anti-black racism and make sure Black communities across our country have the support they need to prosper.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to take part in community events for Black History Month and learn more about the important role that Black Canadians have played – and continue to play – to strengthen the country we all call home.”