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Celebrating Black Excellence this February

Here at Tandia, we recognize and celebrate Black History Month and believe in the importance of amplifying Black voices and experiences. We are committed to promoting an environment of inclusivity and respect for our staff, members, and the community. We hold a strong commitment to equity, inclusion and anti-racism here at Tandia and in the communities we call home.
– Richard Davies, President & CEO


February is observed as Black History Month across Canada and is an opportunity to recognize and honour the experiences, achievements, history and contributions of Black Canadians. This year, the theme for Black History Month is Black Excellence: A Heritage to Celebrate; a Future to Build.

Black History Month Donations

Tandia proudly supports the John C. Holland Awards, hosted by the Hamilton Black History Council, a celebration of academic excellence and aspirations within Hamilton's Black community. The John C. Holland Awards are a cornerstone of Black History Month and awards scholarships for post-secondary education and recognizes the contributions of local Black leaders to the city's social, economic, and cultural life. Tandia's sponsorship enables the participation of 16 youth, fostering community and providing crucial support for their educational journeys.

Tandia is also proud to sponsor the YMCA’s Newcomer Youth Centres (NYC) program for Black History Month. This initiative creates a safe space for newcomer youth, offering educational opportunities, career assistance, and information on settlement issues. Our support has contributed to significant positive impacts, with the YMCA assisting 3,080 youth in 2022, 40% of whom identify as Black. The NYC program addresses integration barriers faced by newcomer youth, including linguistic, cultural, and economic challenges.


Business directory for black owned businesses in Hamilton.

Hamilton Tourism
A guide to celebrating black culture and history in Hamilton

Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre
HARRC is a non-profit charitable organization serving the residents of Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills, and Burlington.

Government of Canada
Downloadable digital toolkit, videos, and articles about Black history in Canada.

Griffin House
Griffin House in Dundas Valley is a national historic site. Enerals and Priscilla Griffin fled enslavement in the U.S. to seek a better life in what was then called Ancaster Township (now City of Hamilton).

Hamilton Civic Muesuem and still I rise exhibit
Multi-media travelling exhibition that highlighted the contributions of Black Canadian workers to Ontario and to the Canadian struggle for human rights.

The National Film Board (NFB)
Collection of films by award-winning Black filmmakers, creators, and allies of the Black community, detailing a rich history to better understand the present.

Local Organizations

Hamilton Black History Council
The Hamilton Black History Council is a not-for-profit community organization whose mission is to promote, celebrate, and honor the history of people of African descent in Hamilton.

Halton Black History Awareness Society
HBHA is dedicated to cultural education into the public and institutional mindset towards appreciating the values of inclusivity, equality, and self development while depleting bullying, prejudice and inequality on any and all levels.

Afro Canadian Carribean Association Hamilton
The Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC) is committed to advancing education about race, racism, discrimination, racial equality, and anti-racist theory and practice in Hamilton.

Nigerian Association of Hamilton
Wa-Zo-Bia! The Nigerian Association of Hamilton work to promote the spirit of oneness, and to provide an environment for individuals with the Nigerian heritage to comfortably evolve in the community.

Ghana Association of Hamilton
Your home for Ghanaian life and culture in Hamilton since May 1978.

Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion
The Black Youth Mentorship Program (BYMP)


Art Gallery of Hamilton
February Showcase: Black History Month.

City of Hamilton
List of events happening in Hamilton during Black History month and additional resources.

Hamilton Public Library
List of black history month events at Hamilton Public Library.

Halton Hills Public Library
Black history events at the Halton Hills Public Library.

Hamilton Halton Brant
Black history month art exhibit.

Burlington Public Library
BPL offers a series of black history, events programs and activites.

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- Harriet Tubman


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