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February 2, 2007
Mayor David Miller launches Black History Month celebrations in Toronto
Mayor David Miller, last evening, proclaimed February as Black History Month in Toronto by stating that, “Black History Month is a time to honour and celebrate the achievements of people of African heritage and to pay tribute for the contributions made to the social, economic, cultural and political life of Toronto. It provides an opportunity to learn about the experiences of African Canadians and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history.”

At a ceremony at St. Lawrence Hall, Mayor Miller and representatives of the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division unveiled the eighth poster in the Contributions of African Canadians poster series. Since 1993, the division has commemorated Black History Month with the series, profiling the achievements of Canadians of African descent, past and present, who have distinguished themselves in diverse endeavours. The City worked with La Passerelle, the city’s primary French-speaking African Canadian community agency to create this year’s poster using the theme Inspiration! which celebrates the achievements, since the 1600s, of Canada’s African francophone community.

The presence of people of African descent in a French-speaking Canadian environment dates back to the early 1600s, when Mathieu Da Costa, the first known person of African descent in Canada was the French language interpreter between Champlain and the Mi’Kmaq, one of Canada’s indigenous peoples. Since then, French-speaking African Canadians have continued to make significant contributions to the building and development of Canada.

In conjunction with this year’s poster theme, an exhibit will be on display in the City Hall Rotunda from February 5 to 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Inspiration! exhibit will feature works of art by francophone painters, sculptors and craftsmen of African and Caribbean descent.

“Our poster series has been a vital and successful effort in sharing the cultural heritage of the African Canadian community,” said Brenda Librecz, General Manager, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. “We are proud of our tradition of working with community partners, such as La Passerelle, to deliver programs that celebrate our diversity and open the door for us to collaborate on future programming opportunities that meet the diverse needs of Torontonians.”

Each year, the City recognizes Black History Month with programming at various locations throughout Toronto. For more information about Black History Month, the poster series and a schedule of events, visit The poster series is available for purchase throughout the year by calling 416-392-0436.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726



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