“Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time to celebrate the history and culture of Black Canadians and the rich and significant contributions that they have and continue to make to our communities in Scarborough, Ontario, and Canada.
“It is essential that we honour Canadian heroes like Viola Desmond, a well-known Black Canadian businesswoman who created history by defiantly refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946. Viola’s legacy is now commemorated on our $10 bank note.
“Other heroes such as Mathieu DaCosta, the Honourable Lincoln Alexander and Harold M. Brathwaite have also helped build the country and the inclusive communities we live in today.
“By celebrating our history, we keep it alive and commemorate the strength & resilience of Black Canadians. We also connect our history with the unique barriers that Black Canadians face today, including systemic discrimination and anti-black racism.
“While this is a time for us to reflect on both the sacrifices and achievements of the Black community, it is also a time to inspire hope and optimism for the future. As the Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood, I invite all members of the community to learn and celebrate Black history and work together to build a more equitable future.”