Black History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Ontarians of African and Caribbean descent. During this period, let us all appreciate the unique cultural contributions of African and Caribbean communities and the effect they have had in shaping the beautifully diverse province in which we live.
While we honour the achievements of these communities this month, we must also reflect on the inequality that continues to play a role in many Black Canadians’ lives. It is especially important that we apply the lessons of history to contemporary issues such as the need to end the practice of carding by police departments. As a province and a country, it is up to us to keep working toward a more equal society that affords opportunity to all.