Established in 1985, Black History Ottawa is a non-profit community-based and volunteer-driven organization that works collaboratively with public institutions and community groups to increase awareness, within the national capital region, of the history, culture and contributions of Canadians of African descent to Ottawa and Canada.
We offer educational programs and activities targeting the general population – especially youth, children, families and seniors – focusing on issues such as community development, health, civic participation as well as cultural and racial diversity.
We locate our community events in easily accessible parts of the City of Ottawa, such as community centers, libraries and other public places.
You can play an important part in preserving “the legacy” for future generations by joining Black History Ottawa. Make a difference in what is known about our history and contributions to Canadian society and in the kind of inheritance we leave our children in the future.
Prior to 1985, the Barbados (Ottawa) Association highlighted the achievements of peoples of African descent with a week-long celebration. Later, 10 Black associations in the Ottawa area came together to create a committee called the Black History Month Committee. The Black History Month Committee was inaugurated in 1986 and later renamed Black History Ottawa.
Since then, Black History Ottawa has been coordinating and presenting activities celebrating Black History Month in the Nation’s Capital. These activities honor the numerous achievements and contributions of peoples of African descent in fields such as sciences, medicine, literature, the arts, sports etc. They also serve to acknowledge the roles Blacks have played in the growth and development of Canadian society and culture. Thus, we, peoples of African origin, will continue to promote our most prized possession: our heritage.