Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on Black History Month

Ottawa, Ontario

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement to mark Black History Month:

“February is Black History Month, a time to acknowledge and celebrate the many achievements and contributions that Canadians of African and Caribbean heritage have made to our great country.

“This year, we mark the 20th anniversary of Black History Month in Canada. Throughout our history, Black Canadians have played a key role in building and shaping the diverse, free, and prosperous country that we enjoy today.

“The Government of Canada’s theme for this year’s Black History Month is “A Story of Courage – The Road to Canada 150”. As Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, we invite everyone to celebrate the bravery and strength that Black Canadians have shown over the course of our history.

“Black History Month also reminds us that our nation’s greatest strength is its diversity. I encourage all Canadians to take part in the events and activities that take place in their communities – to honour the legacy of Black Canadians and our country’s heritage.”