This year’s African Heritage Month provincial theme, Our History is YOUR History, recognizes the unique history of African Nova Scotians and how it is interwoven with the past, present and future of all Nova Scotians. Our theme also aligns with the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (DPAD). The goal of DPAD is to strengthen global cooperation in support of people of African descent as they strive for full inclusion in all aspects of society.
Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities with a long, deep and complex history dating back over 200 years. African Heritage Month provides us with another opportunity to celebrate our culture, legacy, achievements and contributions of our people – past and present.
When we all acknowledge and understand the truth of our province’s shared history, we can all look to the future with confidence and optimism.
From the beginning
The commencement of African Heritage Month is traced back to 1926. Harvard-educated Black historian, Carter G. Woodson, founded Negro History Week to recognize the achievements made by African Americans.
Woodson purposefully chose February because of the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln who were both key figures in the emancipation of enslaved Blacks. In 1976, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month before being celebrated in Canada in early 1950.
Black History Month in Canada
For over the past decades, contributions of African-Canadians have been acknowledged informally, however Nova Scotia has set a path for Canada’s recognition of African Heritage Month. Our province has been a leader in the promotion and recognition of our African heritage to our country. Some efforts of Nova Scotia include:
We believe some of these efforts have influenced our country to take action on a national level:
About the African Heritage Month Information Network
The African Heritage Month Information Network (AHMIN) is a partnership between the Black Cultural Society, African Nova Scotian Affairs, African Nova Scotian Music Association, African Nova Scotian North-Central Network, African Heritage Month Southwest Network, Africville Heritage Trust, Black Educators Association, Black History Month Association, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association, Halifax Regional Municipality’s African Nova Scotian Integration Office, and Guysborough, Antigonish Strait African Regional Network.
Each year, we produce an educational poster that is distributed and displayed in community gathering centers, schools, churches, government offices and businesses. Those interested in ordering a copy, please visit www.bccns.com
The AHMIN also facilitates African Heritage Month events and municipal proclamations across the province. A full listing is available at https://ansa.novascotia.ca/african-heritage-month
For more information about African History Month, please contact:
Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 434-6223
Additonal Toursim Resources
African Nova Scotian Directory - Google Local Guide
African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide
Africville Story Map
Destination Liberty: Your guide to Black Historic Travel Destinations in Nova Scotia
Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)
Jamaican Maroons in Halifax: A Black Canadian History Guide
Nova Scotia Toursim: Discover African Nova Scotia