African Heritage Month
African Heritage at CBU
This month is African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia! The 2022 African Heritage Month theme, Through Our Eyes: The Voices of African Nova Scotians, recognizes the legacies of people of African descent through first voice, lived realities, and experiences.
The theme highlights that when we listen to others’ perspectives, interpretation, and views on the world, particularly those from marginalized communities, we will gain a more meaningful understanding on how to make our world a better place.
Did you know that Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities with history dating back over 400 years? African Heritage Month provides another opportunity to celebrate and promote the culture, legacy, achievements and contributions of people of African descent in Nova Scotia, past and present. Click here to learn more.
A Day In The Life
Please join us February 24th from 1-230pm (AST) for a webinar in celebration of Black History Month entitled “Day In The Life: The cost of wellbeing for Black identifying individuals”. In alignment with this year’s theme – Black Health and Wellbeing – this session, entitled “A Day In The Life: The cost of wellbeing for Black identifying individuals” will explore many themes around the health and wellness systems, external environment, self-care and their impact on Black health. For more information, or to register, please go here.
A Message from President Dingwall:
Meet Olivia Karigey, Recipient of the Wanda Robson Scholarship
Student Development Officer for African Nova Scotian & Canadian Students: Dionne Romard
Dionne is a proud African Nova Scotian, raised in the black community of Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia. Dionne attended the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College in Truro, Nova Scotia and graduated with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Dionne went on to work at the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board (now the Cape Breton Victoria Regional Centre for Education) for the next 24 years – 7 of those years as a Teacher’s Assistant and 17 as a Student Support Worker. It was only when she became a Student Support Worker that she realized this was what she was meant to do.
During Dionne’s years as a Student Support Worker, she continued her studies at the Nova Scotia Community College and received her diploma in Social Services. Dionne joined the team at Cape Breton University on August 9, 2021. To contact Dionne, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AHM Gala and Proclamation 2022
Due to COVID-19, the African Heritage Month Gala and Proclamation has been postponed. The AHM Gala 2022 will now take place on Saturday, May 21, 2022, with a proclamation celebration on Friday, May 20, 2022.
African Nova Scotian Affairs
Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia
Proud of Our History
The Struggle of Blacks in Cape Breton
El Jones performs her powerful poem for Emancipation Day
Menelik Hall Association – Whitney Pier
UNIA Hall – Glace Bay