No country—including Canada—has reached gender and racial equity as an examination of the lives of Black women, girls and femmes reveals.
One of the least remarked upon themes in anti-violence work deals with Black women’s and gender diverse people’s experiences as victims of rape and domestic violence. Black, African, and Caribbean diasporic women and gender diverse people experiencing gender-based violence must navigate historical, societal, cultural, and familial prompts that sanction and silence them from disclosing their experiences of violence.
All Black survivors live at the intersection of being targeted for oppression solely based on their gender and Blackness. The lasting impacts of colonization and enslavement are present in the social, political, cultural, and economic ways of life for people of African descent in Canada, where anti-Black racial oppression is still particularly embedded in Canadian settler society.
As an intersectional feminist anti-violence organization our work includes supporting survivors who are Black, African and diaspora while working to redress the impact of oppression.
This Black History Month, we stand in the truths about the past while working to shape a better future.
Resources and events for you to commemorate and celebrate Black History Month 2023
Resources here on the BWSS site, including:
Massy Books celebrates Black excellence in history, literature, and the arts.
Come check out our shelves and window display to explore, learn and enjoy some of the brilliant works written by Black authors, scholars, educators and artists: https://storestock.massybooks.com/book-lists/black-history-month
Rights Back At You: A Podcast Listening Party
This new podcast is an unflinching look at anti-Black racism, policing, and surveillance in Canada and beyond: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rights-back-at-you-a-podcast-listening-party-tickets-527871888027
Highlighting the Black presence in innovation in BC and beyond.
Grounded in the pillars of Inspiration, Community, Culture, and Innovation – this two-day summit includes a curated public event showcasing Black Innovation and creation and a youth-centred Hack-A-Thon we’ve renamed Blackathon: https://ethoslab.ca/ethos-lab-innovation-summit-blackathon/
Internationally acclaimed artiste, Mamadou Diabate with Percussion Mania alongside NAXX BITOTA:
Songs of Freedom, the eleventh annual concert in honour of Black History Month:
Black History Month at VIFF Centre:
The Black Arts Centre + PuSH
In their first collaboration with PuSh, the Black Arts Centre will host a night of dance, collaboration, and community! Identity as performance, the Black Arts Centre welcomes all to come as their very truest selves to center joy in Black History Month: https://pushfestival.ca/shows/club-push-2023/
Chan Centre Connects
Neptune Frost: https://thecinematheque.ca/films/2022/chan-centre-neptune-frost
Saul Williams / Moor Mother / Irreversible Entanglements: https://chancentre.com/events/saul-williams-moor-mother-irreversible-entanglements/
As We Rise
Photography from the Black Atlantic: https://thepolygon.ca/exhibition/as-we-rise/
Gregory Maqoma | Thuthuka Sibisi
African Descent History in BC
In the spirit of Black History Month, Surrey Archives will host guest speaker Yasin Kiraga Misago, President of the African Descent Society of BC. During the free, virtual, one-hour session, he will highlight BC.’s early history of African descent, dating back to 1858. Misago will then bring the conversation local to discuss Surrey’s African diaspora story: https://www.surrey.ca/news-events/events/african-descent-history-bc
OUT OF THE SUN:
On Black History and Storytelling. A hybrid (in person and online) conversation with award-winning novelist ESI EDUGYAN. Organized by BC Black History Awareness Society: https://bcblackhistory.ca/black-history-and-storytelling/
Building Black British Columbia with Social Media
Screening of the Woman King
Black Joy and Achievement in Cinema
Chelene Knight on her book Junie
Screening of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
BLACK QUEER POETRY SLAM: https://www.winterartsfest.com/programming2023/poetry