Black History Month is a time to engage, learn, and celebrate Black history in Innisfil and across Canada! We’re grateful to our community partners for their leadership and for sharing their experience and knowledge.

Black History Month Proclamation

Mayor Dollin and Council have proclaimed February 2022 as Black History Month in Innisfil.

Read the proclamation

Upcoming events

Thanks to everyone for participating in this year's Black History Month! See our resources below for ways to participate year-round. UPlift Black and BAND Gallery is hosting part of their Black and Canadian: Stories of Service art exhibit at the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library’s Lakeshore branch throughout March 2022. Watch a virtual talk with Dr. Cheryl Thompson and Janie Cooper Wilson as part of the exhibition, focusing on the importance of documentation and archives and connecting history to the present.

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Celebrate and learn during Black History Month with local and relevant resources.  

Innisfil ideaLAB & Library Book Lists

Celebrate and learn this Black History Month with staff-curated book lists from the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library:

Black History in Canada - The Canadian Encyclopedia

The Canadian Encyclopedia's Black History in Canada presents a timeline of Black history in Canada from 1608 to present.

Revival: The Oro African Church 

Presented by the Township of Oro-Medonte, the Revival - The Oro African Church documentary reveals the preservation project of the Oro African Methodist Episcopal Church. Follow the journey through the eyes of a descendant.

Diverse Voices Unite - A Virtual Event to Honour and Celebrate Black History Month in Simcoe County

In this pre-recorded video, prominent guest speakers outline personal experiences and knowledge of Canadian Black history amidst various artistic performances of celebration. Local dignitaries and social justice committee students share conversations about what Black History Month means to them. Community partners share their good works and visions toward equity.

Watch the virtual event

UPlift Black History - History of Black Simcoe

Chair of UPlift Black, Yaa Deane, produced UPlift Black History - History of Black Simcoe for Black History Month. 

#ShareTheirStory Videos and Educational Resources

The goal of #ShareTheirStory is to change the way we talk about history in Canada by bringing the stories of five historic Black entrepreneurs into the discussion. In partnership with the Ontario Black History Society, Ryerson University and the Rella Braithwaite Foundation.

Stories of Colour

Stories of Colour features children’s books written by authors of colour, or whose central character is a person of colour. It's important for children to not only see themselves being represented in the stories, but also by the individuals telling the stories.

Community organizations

Get to know the organizations that are supporting racial equity and offering resources for our community.

UPlift Black logo
Making Change logo
Parents against racism simcoe county logo
OBHS logo