Every February, the University of Regina, Faculty of Education joins in the celebration of Black History Month. This year, the Government of Canada has highlighted this month as “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day” in order to recognize and honour the legacy of people of African descent across the country. The Province of Saskatchewan has also proclaimed February as “African-Canadian/Black History Month.” For all of us in Saskatchewan, Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the many accomplishments and contributions from persons of African heritage to the Province and the prairies.
As educators who are committed to “celebrating Black history today and every day” we accept that such a commitment requires embedding the lessons of Black histories within individual and collective actions beyond a single month of the year, incorporating them into our professional practices and daily lives.
A single message from the Dean every February can never fully honour the rich, varied, and important work of our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and their communities who actively build Black histories and imagine Black futures. However, over the course of this month and throughout the year, the Faculty of Education will continue to highlight the importance of Black history and support and celebrate those who take up the calls to racial justice as part of our integral commitment.
Dr. Jerome Cranston
Dean, Faculty of Education