Mayor Leal proclaims Black History Month

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Mayor Jeff Leal has proclaimed February as Black History Month, and issued the following statement:

On behalf of the City of Peterborough, it is my pleasure to recognize February as Black History Month. 

Black Canadians have made significant contributions to the development and betterment of our community throughout our City’s history. During Black History Month, we celebrate the many achievements and contributions of these residents to the economic, cultural, and political life of our community and our country. 

Peterborough is a growing and increasingly diverse community. In 2021, almost 10% of our residents identified as a member of racialized groups, up from 6% in 2016, with about 1.5% identifying as Black. This diversity is a source of strength. Inclusive communities that embrace their diversity are more innovative, creative, dynamic, resilient, and prosperous.

In 2019, City Council approved the City of Peterborough becoming a member of the Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities. Member municipalities must advance initiatives to improve their practices for social inclusion, establish policies to eradicate racism and discrimination, and promote human rights and diversity. 

Throughout February and all year long, I encourage all residents to learn more, to recognize, and celebrate the many important contributions of Black Canadians to the growth and development of our community and country.

A few examples of Black History Month resources and activities in the community include:

  • The Peterborough Public Library's Non-fiction Book Club topic for its meeting on February 21 is Black Lives Matter. The book club meets in the multi-purpose room at the Library, 345 Aylmer St., from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on February 21. Discuss titles you have read on this topic. 
  • To mark Black History Month, Electric City Culture Council (EC3) has put together a list of resources to help us honour and learn about the legacy of Black Canadians, support causes and celebrate the art being created by Black artists in Peterborough and across Canada.
  • Community Race Relations Committee hosts a Black Artists Showcase on Friday, February 10, 2023 and a Black Leadership Symposium on Saturday, February 11, 2023. Registration via Eventbrite:

Learn more about about Black history at and through the Black History Society.