Ottawa, Ontario – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement marking Black History Month:
“Every February, Canadians mark Black History Month, a time to celebrate the immense contributions that citizens of African and Caribbean descent have made to our country in many fields of endeavour.
“The theme of this year’s Black History Month is ‘Proud of Our History.’ As 2015 is the Year of Sport in Canada, this month presents an opportunity to pay special tribute to the outstanding black Canadian athletes, past and present, who have distinguished themselves in sport both at home and around the world.
“People like baseball great Ferguson Jenkins, track and field star Harry Jerome, hockey player Willie O’Ree, Olympic gold medal sprinter Donovan Bailey, and hurdler Perdita Felicien, to name but a few.
“I encourage Canadians to participate in Black History Month activities taking place in their communities to gain insight into the significant role that Canadians of African and Caribbean ancestry have played in building our great country and shaping our national identity. I also encourage Canadians to view Canada Post’s new 2015 Black History Month stamp at www.canadapost.ca.”