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 : https://lifeworks.com/en.

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 dionne_romard@cbu.ca.

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.

Resources

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

Meet Our Alumni

Where are you from?
Sterling, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

What degree did you graduate from Cape Breton University with?
Bachelor of Business Administration

What do you do now?
I am a GST/HST Auditor with the Canada Revenue Agency

What does African Heritage Month mean to you?
African Heritage Month is a time when I can allow myself a moment to reflect. It’s a time to education and have discussions about our differences and similarities. It’s also a time to promote understanding and helps me to stay grounded to who I am.

What advice would you like to give to CBU students?
My advice to students is to always keep an open mind. Challenge yourself and your beliefs and remember, a key piece to everything in life is good communication. It helps to promote understanding and acceptance.