FACL BC Statement for Black History Month 2024

1 Feb 2024 12:58 PM | FACL BC (Administrator)

The 2024 theme for Black History Month is: “Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build”. This theme celebrates the rich past and present contributions and accomplishments of Black people in Canada, while aspiring to embrace new opportunities for the future. FACL BC invites our membership to learn more about Black Canadian communities, and how they continue to help shape Canada.

FACL BC recognizes that anti-Black racism continues to exist in the legal profession and Canadian society at large. As Asian-Canadian legal professionals, we commit to acting in solidarity with our Black colleagues and acknowledge the contributions Black legal professionals have made to the profession. 

This year, Lunar New Year will be held during Black History Month. We want to recognize the long history of Black and Asian solidarity and tensions in North America. Against the backdrop of COVID-19 and its disproportionate impacts on Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC), both the Black Lives Matter movement and the Stop Asian Hate movement gained significant momentum in the public eye. We must work to ensure the pledges of solidarity made then are continued to be put into action. These actions must also include undoing the anti-Black racism and colourism that continue to exist within Asian communities. FACL BC commits to strengthening interracial solidarity toward the shared goals of ending racial injustice and white supremacy to build a better future.

To find resources on topics such as tackling anti-Black racism in Asian communities and allyship and action, visit FACL BC’s Resource List for Black History Month.
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