bc black history awareness society

The British Columbia Black History Awareness Society (BCBHAS) celebrates the achievements of Black people in British Columbia by creating an awareness of the history of Blacks in B.C., stimulating interest in the contributions of persons of African ancestry to B.C. and Canada today, and celebrating historical and contemporary achievements in the arts, education, government, sports, science etc. The non-profit Society was formed in February 1994.

the society's purpose is:

  • to advance education by researching, documenting and disseminating information to the general public about the past, present and future contributions and achievements of black people to British columbia to increase understanding and awareness, promote diversity and overcome stereotypes.

  • to benefit the community by advancing knowledge, preservation, and displaying of items of historical significance concerning black British columbians.

  • to advance education by organizing and implementing conferences, workshops, presentations and cultural information programs to bring together diverse people within the public at large who have an interest in promoting, educating and learning about British Columbia and Canadian black history and people.

  • to advance education by presenting programs to encourage youth and children to develop an interest in the achievements of black people in British columbia and canada as part of developing an interest in their community and the world.

  • to benefit the community through promoting racial diversity by offering education, assistance and opportunities for black people in British columbia who face unique social and economic barriers to incorporate into the multicultural society of canada.