BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Happy Black History Month 2023!
The child welfare and children’s mental health sectors have prioritized the need to develop equity based approaches to services by building a foundation which is anti-racist, trauma informed and healing centered. This framework for services can only be achieved through changes in our agency culture, practice, systems, structures and by building alliances with the community.
We know that the child welfare sector has an overrepresentation of Black children and families receiving service. Eliminating disproportionality and disparity in outcomes for Black children and youth is our goal. We have made notable progress in working to better serve Black families through the work of the One Vision One Voice committee and through the tireless work and commitment of our Afri-CAN Carib Connexions staff group, however we are aware that we have a long way to go. In children and youth mental health we have heard the voices of Black and Indigenous youth in the report released last week and we must bring their recommendations to action.
We welcome the opportunity to recognize and celebrate BHM by sharing a list of community-based Black History Month events. We encourage you to participate, get involved, and share any other events you are aware of so we can include them on the list below.
We hope you will join in the celebration of Black history today and every day.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS 2023
(Will be added regularly)
THE CITY OF BARRIE BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS
Bringing a family focus to Black History Month
During Black History Month (February), several communities across Simcoe County will welcome the Mosaic of Black Culture – A Family Event. Created by Making Change, this interactive event features live steel pan music, a make your own steel pan craft, and an overview of Black History from a local Canadian perspective.