Ontario Supports Black History Month Activities

    McGuinty Government Invests In Culture And Heritage Events

    TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ -


    Ontario helped launch Black History Month at the North American Black
Historical Museum and Cultural Centre in Amherstburg.
    Black History Month, marked each February across North America, is an
opportunity to learn about and honour the contributions of African-Canadians
to the province's culture and heritage. The theme of this year's celebrations
is "The Legacy of our Leaders."
    Through the Provincial Heritage Organization Grant Program and the
Ontario Arts Council, the province is supporting a range of Black History
Month activities during February, including:

    -   A tour of 20 Ontario public schools by Ballet Creole, a professional
        dance company and school dedicated to traditional and contemporary
        Caribbean and African dance forms.
    -   Kuumba, a festival of music, arts and dance at Toronto's Harbourfront
    -   Performances by the internationally acclaimed Nathaniel Dett Chorale
        of the program "Voices of the Diaspora... Dett to Africa" in Toronto
        February 25 and 28.


    "Southwestern Ontario, and particularly Essex County, has been blessed
with a large and vibrant African-Canadian community from the beginning," said
Bruce Crozier, MPP for Essex.
    "Our focus is the Underground Railroad, and the accomplishments of people
of African origin who helped shape this country," said North American Black
Historical Museum and Cultural Centre administrator Kenn Stanton. "Here, every
month is Black History Month."
    "The Ontario government is pleased to support Black History Month
activities that do so much to recognize the heritage of African Canadians and
enrich our common culture," said Culture Minister Aileen Carroll.


    -   2009 is the 30th anniversary of official commemorations of Black
        History Month in the province. It was first marked in Toronto in

    -   The North American Black Historical Museum and Cultural Centre
        includes Canada's first Black heritage location to be designated a
        National Historic Site.


    About the Ontario Black History Society

    Plan a visit to the North American Black Historical Museum

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For further information:

For further information: Sarah Petrevan, Minister's Office, (416)
325-1676; Anna-Maria Mountfort, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497

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