February is African-Canadian/Black History Month in Saskatchewan. The purpose and importance of this month is to recognize and honor the legacy of people of African descent across the nation.
Black History Month is an opportunity to learn more about the many accomplishments and contributions from persons of African heritage to Saskatchewan and the rest of Canada.
“Saskatchewan is proud to be home to such an active and vibrant African-Canadian community,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Laura Ross said. “Black History Month is the perfect time to reflect on the many achievements and the role that persons of African heritage have had in making Saskatchewan the culturally diverse province it is today.”
This year is also the 18th Anniversary of the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum (SACHM).
“We appreciate the Government of Saskatchewan for recognizing and proclaiming African-Canadian/Black History Month in Saskatchewan,” SACHM Executive Director Carol La Fayette-Boyd said. “It is important to acknowledge the contributions African-Canadian’s have made to our province and to understand the vital role played in our history.”
*Main photo is of the Shiloh Baptist Church, located approximately 30 kilometres northwest of Maidstone, Saskatchewan. The Church was completed in 1912, providing a place of worship and communal space for the homesteaders who had arrived only two years before.