Population Growth Secretariat

February is Black History Month (09/02/02)

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Feb. 2, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswick will join the rest of North America in celebrating February as Black History Month.

"We encourage all New Brunswickers to take part in celebrating the significant contributions that have been made to our province by the black community," said Business New Brunswick Minister Greg Byrne, who is also minister responsible for the Population Growth Secretariat. "There are many events being held this month that New Brunswickers can be part of, and by doing so learn more about the cultural history of their neighbours."

Provincial celebrations will include an exhibit entitled On the Road North: Black Canada and the Journey to Freedom, which will be held at the Moncton Museum from Feb. 16 to 20. The exhibition will be presented in collaboration with the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA), Pride Race Unity Dignity Education (PRUDE), Le Centre d'accueil et d'intégration des immigrants et immigrantes du Moncton métropolitain (CAIIMM), and the Government of Canada. PRUDE will also be delivering presentations on black history in New Brunswick to schools and other public institutions.

The Multicultural Association of Fredericton will introduce Black History Month themes in their English-as-a-second-language lesson plans, and working with those themes in their classes.

MAGMA will host a movie night every Wednesday in February, featuring black-history-related films to which the public is invited. Discussions on black history will be introduced as part of its curriculum. As well, MAGMA will take four students from each high school in the greater Moncton area, and a group of 20 others comprised of teachers, board members and staff, to the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia.

"We are very proud that some of the events taking place over the next month have been funded by the multicultural grants program," said Byrne. "These events are proof that the fund is working to foster cross-cultural understanding and help our province be more inclusive and be more welcoming."

Funding for the multicultural grants program has been doubled over the last year as part of the province's population growth strategy, an important pillar in the government's self-sufficiency agenda.


MEDIA CONTACT: Brendan Langille, communications, Population Growth Secretariat, 506-444-5070.