Black History Month
“Knowing Your Value is Liberating Yourself ” - Evangeline Chima
Knowing our values, even when we cannot live and behave in alignment with them due to barriers, enables us to be resilient during challenging times. Black History Month is a time to reassess situations, reframe our mindsets and celebrate the fullness of who we are.
BMI will kick off the 2023 black history celebration with a “Black Excellence” celebratory gala featuring black professionals from different backgrounds, continue the “Blue and Black,” conversation with the police force in partnership with Halton Police Force and wrap up the month with a community-based discussion in collaboration with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH).
The Black Excellence Gala
Changing the negative narratives that have impacted black people for generations requires intentional actions that honour black people's contributions, accomplishments and heritage. To this end, BMI will kick off the 2023 Black History Month celebration with a Black Excellence Gala on February 4th, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM.
The BMI Black Excellence Gala will celebrate black people's accomplishments and culture while having difficult conversations necessary for sustainable change that will foster new ideologies and policies promoting social bonding and integration.
Join us to celebrate and propel Black Excellence through:
- Cultural display
- Ethnical music and food
- Engaging conversations,
- Encapsulating and rich historical demonstration.
Mark your calendars and RSVP for the early bird special starting now until January 15th, 2023. Reserve your spot to join us on February 4th, 2023.
Collective Resilience Gala 2022
Meet Our Transformational Speakers!
We are proud to bring to you as part of the BMI Black Excellence gala transformative speakers who will share their experiences and knowledge to help us understand the history and contributions of Black Canadians and the future we can help create.
The "Blue and Black" Conversation
On February 16th, from 6 PM to 8 PM, join the conversation as we discuss the intersections of policing and race in Canada. This virtual event will feature impeccable black leaders and police officers from the GTA who will provide insights into what is needed to build equitable policing practices.
Our panellists will share their experiences and perspectives to assist in a constructive conversation and to provide insights on how to combat systemic issues and build transformative relationships between the community and police.
"Blue and Black" Conversations 2022
Building Social Integration and Bonding
"We will not march back to what was. We move to what shall be a country that is bruised but whole. Benevolent but bold. Fierce and free." –Amanda Gorman
Communities create a sense of belonging for their members. Hear directly from community-based individuals on how we can create lasting social integration and bonding as we wrap up this year’s black history month. In collaboration with the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton (CCAH), we will elicit knowledgeable community members to guide the community on the discussion to realize sustainability objectives for social, cultural and economic dimensions.
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