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Black History Month

In 2015 Robert Devet wrote on the Halifax Media Co-op website ” It appears the Prince Edward Island government does not consider Black History Month, or African Heritage Month, to be that big a deal.

The government is not sponsoring any events, nor does Black History Month receive any mention on the government’s website.”

It is now 2018 and how much have things changed here on Prince Edward Island?

Not a lot, it seems.

The government website this year DOES list Black History Month events on the island.

Here is the listing in its entirety.

Black History Month Events

As part of Black History Month, the Black Cultural Society of PEI and FilmPEI are presenting the film Brown Girl Begins.

The film will be shown at City Cinema in downtown Charlottetown on Sunday at 9 p.m.

In dystopian science fiction, one thing is clear: it doesn’t end well for women or people of colour.

The film, based on the book Brown Girl in the Ring, is set in Toronto in the year 2049 and envisions a world without water or electricity and a shortage of food. The world is populated with strong Black women and celebrates Caribbean traditions as a powerful agent for changing the course of the future of the city.

“It’s about — how are we going to see Black people in the future?” its director Sharon Lewis has said.

Admission at the door is by donation.

SeniorsPEI will add any PEI Black History Month events as we find out about them. You might also check the facebook page of the Black Cultural Society of Prince Edward Island who are planning some events.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 – 8:00am to Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 6:00pm

Black History month event flyers on a bulletin board
Special Event
At library branches across the province, you can check out displays of books, magazines, DVDs during the month. Check the listings below for events in the community.


For children and families

Storytime and Craft: Tuesday, February 20, 1:30 pm & Wednesday February 21, 11:00 am, Confederation Centre Library. Staff will read “the Patchwork Path” and lead a simple paper / quilt craft.

Bean mosaic craft: Friday, February 16 at 2:00 pm (PD day for students), Confederation Centre Library

For teens

Seed mosaic craft: February 10, 2:00 pm with Kendi Tarichia of the Black Cultural Society, Confederation Centre Library

Privilege Activity: Startup Zone, Queen Street: February 16, 2:00 pm

For all ages

Songs of PEI Black History with Scott Parsons, Pepepto Pinto and Zack Seals: Saturday, February 24, 2:00 pm, Confederation Centre Library

IMAC fiilm screening that addresses inclusion and diversity issues: City Cinema. Date and time to be announced.

Short films: Muted, Zaneta Ambassa and the King verus Jupiter Wise with Scott Parsons. Date and time to be announced.

For adults

Black Christmas presented by Kendi Tarichia with music by Scott Parsons and Zack Seals – Upstreet Brewery. Date and time to be announced.


For all ages

Jim Hornby who has researched and written a book on the topic, will share information about Prince Edward Island’s historical black community. Admission is free. Sunday, February 4, 2:00 pm at the Eptek Centre

Performance and drumming circle by Maritime Centre for African Dance. Saturday, February 17, 2:00 pm at the Summerside Rotary Library.


Phone: (902) 388-7517
Email: blackculturesocietype@gmail.com.

Organized by the Black Cultural Society of Prince Edward Island with funding support from the Culture Action Plan

So that’s it! Is that all for PEI?

It may not be, but good luck trying to find out about them if they exist. The few known events are listed on https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/event/black-history-month as shown above. Perhaps more will be added so it might be worth checking there from time to time.

P.E.I.’s centuries-old black community is celebrating Black History Month, and welcoming black Islanders who are new to Canada.

“There were people of colour here since the 1700s,” said Scott Parsons, president of the Black Cultural Society of P.E.I.

“There’s a huge unknown history of black Islanders on P.E.I. since that time, and a lot of those families are still here.”

The society is welcoming a number of new partners who are hosting events this year. The plans include children’s events at the Confederation Centre Public Library, a panel discussion and concert at Upstreet Brewery and Afro-Dance workshops at St. Paul’s Church in Charlottetown.

Black Cultural Society of P.E.I. has taken over from Black Islanders Co-operative.

Black History Education Guide
Learn about black history in Canada through the Black History in Canada Education Guide, Click the image above to go to the guide.


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