Thursday, July 28, 2022

Recognizing Emancipation Day

Following years of campaigning by Black lawmakers and community advocates, in 2021, the government of Canada federally recognized August 1, as Emancipation Day, and the month of August, as Emancipation Month.

While it was less than 200 years ago, in 1834, that the British Empire ended the practice of slavery in the former British colonies, which included Canada, many Canadians are unaware that Black and Indigenous peoples were once enslaved here.

Canada’s first and only Inuk professional classical singer, Deantha Edmunds, is a proud resident of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a two-time Dora Award Nominated performer and is much in demand as a singer, actor, and collaborator in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous projects. She is also a member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Circle of Artists.  

Celebrations & Revelations 2021 Opening (online) Performance: Monday, February 1, 2021 @ 8 – 9:30 PM EST.

This FREE concert featuring  four extraordinary young Black Canadian classical artists, performing the music of Black Composers from 17th to 21st century will be streamed online from February 1, 2021 to February 28, 2021. Unlimited viewing. Plan your watch parties with your family and friends, and join from the comfort of your home.

The Senator John Heinz History Center in Association with the Smithsonian Institution presents the 7th Annual Black History Month Lecture - (Re)Making History: Memory, Mythmaking, and the Civil Rights Movement.

June 1, 2020

To our Waterloo Community,

We acknowledge and accept responsibility for our silence on the issues of anti-black racism and hatred on our campuses. HREI wanted to ensure our statement came with tangible, coordinated actions, but we regret that we were not more responsive and thank our campus community for their continued honesty and for holding us accountable. We commit to doing better.