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JANUARY 29, 2024—During the month of February, Regina Public Schools proudly recognizes African-Canadian Black History Month. It is an occasion to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of people with African heritage and their communities. This month also provides an opportunity to continue learning about the wide range of African Canadian experiences, including dealing with racism, and the vital role this community has played throughout our shared history.

The 2024 theme for African-Canadian Black History Month is “Reconciliation and Healing.”

“The role of Black Canadians and their communities has largely been ignored as a key part of Canada’s history. There is little mention that some of the Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution and settled in the Maritimes were people of African descent, nor the fact that many soldiers of African descent made many sacrifices in wartime as far back as the War of 1812.”

“Few people in Canada are aware of the fact that African people were once enslaved in the territory that is now known as Canada, or of how those who fought enslavement helped to lay the foundation of Canada’s diverse and inclusive society.” (Government of Canada)

The Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum (SACHM) in Regina provides speakers for schools and works to enhance awareness of African-Canadian history and improved understanding of equity, equality and human dignity. Their virtual museum (https://sachm.org/) is a collection of the heritage, contributions and journeys of people of African ancestry who have lived or who currently live in Saskatchewan.

On Thursday, February 1st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., everyone is invited to join the MacKenzie Art Gallery as they celebrate the launch of African-Canadian Black History Month in partnership with SACHM. To wrap up the month, SACHM and the Honourable Russ Mirasty, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, will host an event at Government House on Saturday, February 24th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

SWG & host Erica Violet Lee welcomes Michelle Good, please join us as we listen to her story – As Winston Churchill once said, “Gentlemen, history will be kind to us because I intend to write it” in Canada it is the colonizing force behind the creation of Canadian history and a result it is not told through the lends of Indigenous experience of colonization. In order to even consider the possibility of reconciliation, we first must get down to the truth. Canada must recognize the true history of Canada before any substantive reconciliation can occur.

Michelle Good is a Cree writer and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. After working for Indigenous organizations for twenty-five years, she obtained a law degree and advocated for residential school survivors for over fourteen years. Good earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia while still practising law and managing her own law firm. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada, and her poetry was included on two lists of the best Canadian poetry in 2016 and 2017. Five Little Indians, her first novel, won the HarperCollins/UBC Best New Fiction Prize, the Amazon First Novel Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award the Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Award, the Evergreen Award, the City of Vancouver Book of the Year Award, and Canada Reads 2022. It was also longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a finalist for the Writer’s Trust Award, the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the Jim Deva Prize for Writing that Provokes. On October 7, 2022 Simon Fraser University granted her an Honorary Doctor of Letters. Her new work, Truth Telling: Seven Conversations about Indigenous life in Canada was released May 30, 2023 and on October 4 2023 was shortlisted for the Writers Trust Balsillie Prize for Public Policy.

SACHM invites you to the Launch of the children’s book Li’l SHADD translation in Cree and Michif on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2024.

Join The Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum and partner RCMP Heritage Centre to celebrate the translation of the book at RCMP Heritage Centre, 5907 Dewdney Ave. at 6:30 pm.

Reading of the book in four languages by Beau Dixon (English published 2015), Chancz Perry (French published 2020), Randy Morin (Cree published with Michif 2024) and Irma Klyne (Michif).

Meet the authors Alix Lwanga and Miriam Körner

Enjoy complimentary refreshments and music by Beau Dixon, playwright and actor.

For more information visit our website at https://www.sachm.org

RSVP – co*****@sa***.org or 306-545-8824

(Books will be available for sale)

Join a panel of five local authors (Sharon-Ann Brown, Ponziano Aluma, Jane Ekong, Ted Jaleta, and Alix Lwanga) as they share their stories of excellence in authorship.

A talk in the Fine Arts Research Lecture Series (FARLS) in Music by Hussein Janmohamed

Music scholarship can sometimes present a single story about the role of music and sound in diverse Muslim cultures. This portrayal limits how music educators and students understand Muslim cultures which, in turn, affects how Muslim youth might access music and sound as pathways for belonging. In this presentation, Dr. Janmohamed will discuss the essential role vocal practices play in Muslim cultures and propose an “enlightened encounters” framework to expand the single narrative. He will problematize choral singing, a predominant form of music education in Canada, while also exploring the possibilities of choral singing to scaffold identity formation. Dr. Janmohamed will share findings from his autoethnographic and narrative doctoral research, looking at how choral singing can support first and second Canadian Ismaili Muslims to translate their intersectional identities. Key findings include the role of: 1) Cross-cultural choral music and creation as pathways for connection and inclusive belonging; 2) Community-centred participatory music in creating safe sonic spaces for engaging diverse knowledge systems; and, 3) Culturally integrative vocal practices in reclaiming the inextricable link between culture, religion, spirit and life.