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IRIS has collaborated with two community organizations involved in the Local Safety & Inclusion Solidarity Networks in Saint John and Toronto to engage community in Black History Month celebrations!  

We are very excited for the events that are lined up during Black History Month.  

The first event entitled Elevated Woman: Black History Month Celebration is occurring on February 17th in the vibrant community of Scarborough, located in the east end of Toronto. Co-Founders of Elevate Resiliency, Laura Hammond and Alisha Williams are bringing a multi-layered event to the Scarborough community, channeling core themes of achievements, resilience and overall excellence of Black women and women-identified people in the Scarborough community, as they express it: 

As we honour several nominated recipients of the Community Impact award, who have been observed as breaking barriers and activating change within their communities, we will uplift the space with knowledge sharing, art, music, dance and food to celebrate Black history, present and future!  

Event Details:  

Elevated Woman: Black History Month Celebration 

Date & Time: February 17, 2023, 6:30pm – 9:00pm ET  

Location: CEE Centre For Young Black Professional 

75 Thermos Rd, Scarborough, ON M1L 0E6 

Register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/elevated-woman-black-history-month-celebration-tickets-520025910497 

Use the code ELEVATE to redeem a complimentary ticket! 

Learn more about the organization: https://elevateresiliency.ca/

The second event entitled Black Health and Wellness will be held on February 26th at the New Brunswick Black History Society in Saint John, New Brunswick. Saint John is home to the Black community who have been there for hundreds of years. Co-founders Tanya MacPherson and Babalu Eye Anu Shabazz Allah of the Black Rose Nation will be delivering a Black Health Awareness event centered around the topic of melanin and its sustenance through nutritional health, as well as a focus on Black mental, physical and spiritual health. Community organizers have emphasized this event as “Black Wellness for Us, by Us” capturing their urge to introduce and maintain wellness for the Black community in Saint John.  

As we embark on a journey into understanding wellness for Black people, especially women, we also draw towards a pathway to acknowledge and respect the Black community in Saint John who have always been there. We highlight the need for healthy lifestyles for the Black community, as well as the need for healthy acknowledgement of the roots, history and perseverance of Black people who have lived on this land even before the province was established in 1784. 

We are more than delighted to have these events take place and have invited the Honourable Marci Ien, Minister of Women and Gender Equality Canada, to attend and participate!  

It’s going to be a great time; will you be there? 

Event details

Black Health and Wellness  

Date & Time: February 26, 12:00pm – 2:00pm AT  

Location: New Brunswick Black History Society  

Brunswick Square, Level 2, 39 King Street, Suite R2, Saint John, NB E2L 4W3 

Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis! 

Learn more about the organization: https://www.theblackrosenation.com/