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Black History Month

In February, the City of Barrie celebrates Black History Month with events that bring awareness to the significant contributions that Black Canadians have and continue to make to the cultural, economic, and social landscape of our country and our community.

The City of Barrie is proud to support and promote Black History Month programming and initiatives taking place in the community. If you have programming that you would like added to this list, please email

2022 Programming

Barrie Public Library

Black History 365

Learn about Black history online 365 days of the year! In partnership with UPlift Black

Celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada a more culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation.

Visit BPL Online to find videos, educational activities and reading lists celebrating Black history.

A full listing of live, online events hosted by the Barrie Public Library in February can be found in their event calendar.

February & March

UPlift Black Programming

Black and Canadian: Stories of Service is an exhibition putting a spotlight on Black military contributions, acknowledging those who worked in service to this country. Sharing these photographs and portraits is part of the greater struggle to challenge dominant Euro-Canadian historical national narratives. In presenting this exhibition, UPLift Black and Band Gallery examine the process of record keeping and the creation of national narratives.

On now in the Rotunda at City Hall, view a large temporary mural weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, and Saturdays during the Farmers Market:

Black and Canadian image 2.jpg 

The image is No. 3 Canadian Mobile Laundry Unit, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, England, October 1942. (3e unité mobile de buanderie itinérante, Corps royal canadien des magasins militaires, Angleterre, octobre 1942). Courtesy of the Canadian Forces Logistics Museum Collection. © DND-MDN Canada

Watch Any Time

​Diverse Voices Unite – Celebrating Black History Month Video Release

Free for all to access online at the St. Peter's YouTube Channel

Listen to and watch performing artists, students, community partners and special guests talk about Canadian Black history, with a vision towards diversity and unity. In addition to artistic performances and more, the video features presentations from:

Channon Oyeniran, Vice President of the Ontario Black History Society

Shak Edwards, Founder of Shak’s World

Mayor’s Office - "Committed to Service Excellence"


I, Jeff Lehman, Mayor of the City of Barrie hereby proclaim
February 1-28, 2022asBlack History Month
WHEREAS; As Barrie's population becomes increasingly more diverse, the City of Barrie and the City of Barrie Anti-Racism Task Force encourage our community to recognize Black History Month as an opportunity to embrace diversity and foster a sense of belonging and inclusion; and
WHEREAS;  Black History Month is a time to learn about the history and many important contributions and achievements of local Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Simcoe County.  To learn and be more aware about the diversity amongst the Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country; and
WHEREAS;  During Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who have and will continue to do so much to make Canada the social culturally diverse, nation it is today.
THEREFORE, I, Jeff Lehman, Mayor of the City of Barrie, do hereby proclaim the month of February 2022 as “Black History Month.”

- Jeff Lehman, Mayor of the City of BARRIE

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