Being Black In Canada

Who decides who is Black enough, advocate asks, after hundreds of groups denied federal funding

The Afro Canadian Caribbean Association wants to know “who decides who is Black enough” after Employment and Social Development Canada — via a “completely unacceptable” letter — rejected hundreds of applications for funding under a program for Black community groups.

How Anyone's Game got its unique sound

How basketball and hip-hop are linked and why both are having a Canadian moment

Mentorship program for Black women in business starts during pandemic

A new mentorship program in Halifax is providing education and encouragement for Black women entrepreneurs.

Ontario lacks Black and Indigenous engineering profs — this program hopes to change that

The Indigenous and Black Engineering Technology (IBET) PhD Project will provide $25,000-a-year fellowships — along with mentorship and networking opportunities — to Black and Indigenous students pursuing doctoral degrees in engineering and math.



Calgary's first Black firefighter speaks out against racism within the workplace

A group of current and former BIPOC employees at the Calgary Fire Department are demanding nine changes to what they describe as a "toxic work environment." Chris Coy, who is a retired captain, says he faced discrimination since Day 1.

Black Montreal figure skater's unconventional routines earn him millions of views on TikTok, Instagram

The Russian-born, Montreal-raised athlete retired from competitive figure skating in 2018 and has found worldwide fame online through his creative and unconventional approach to the sport.

Being a leading Black voice in sci-fi writing is a 'joyful' responsibility: Nalo Hopkinson

When science fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson was named Damon Knight Grand Master, she became both the first Black woman and the youngest recipient to win the award. She hopes the honour will encourage more marginalized voices in the science fiction and fantasy communities to be respected.

Harriet Tubman's former church will be preserved 'for future generations' after $100K grant

The 165-year-old Salem Chapel British Methodist Episcopal church in St. Catharines was in disrepair, and its supporters were fundraising online.

Maydianne Andrade on black widow spiders and fighting for racial equity in science

Canadian ecologist Maydianne Andrade talks to Quirks and Quarks host Bob McDonald about her work with spiders and her experiences with unconscious bias, imposter syndrome and the burden carried by Black scientists.

How barbershops have become venues for Black men to talk about racism, mental health

A program that pairs free hair cuts with mental health support is encouraging Black men and boys to open up about racism and the stresses of the pandemic from the comfort of a barbershop chair. 

1st African Nova Scotian to get 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had to overcome her fears

Lisa Colley, the first African Nova Scotian to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, says at first she was reluctant to get immunized because she had concerns about care. The province's deputy chief medical officer of health says concerns around the vaccine in the Black community need to be heard.

Trauma at the station: BIPOC firefighters in Calgary demand changes after years of racist abuse

Racial slurs, physical assaults, a noose hung in a fire hall, workplace reviews kept secret. These are just some of the experiences detailed by current and former BIPOC employees at the Calgary Fire Department who demand nine changes to an "extremely toxic environment."

Alberta teen pens grant application to bring diversity to her school library

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Sofia who loved books but was bothered by how the literary collection at her school library was very … well … white.

Harry Brown: Toronto basketball legend and inspiring pioneer remembered

Harry Brown was part of the rich history of Toronto basketball: growing from grassroots to pro hoops. Brown is credited with inspiring generations of Toronto’s basketball community.

Canada should formally apologize for slavery, Essex historian says

A local historian is seeking a formal apology for slavery from the Canadian government.
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Coming Home: The fight for Black hair care in Nova Scotia

Samantha Dixon Slawter owns Styles By SD, a hair salon in Dartmouth, N.S. On top of being a hairdresser and business owner, she describes herself as a "Black beauty advocate."

Why these B.C. teens are pushing for Black Shirt Day in schools

“It’s important that we educate about Black history and the Black community and that everyone knows how you could be anti-racist and how you can support the movement,” Jayben, 12, told CBC Kids News on Thursday.

Racialized people worry they'll be targeted during new stay-at-home orders

As Ontario enters a state-of-emergency and residents are told to stay inside unless they absolutely have to go out, racialized people in the region are worried they'll be targeted by police and bylaw officers enforcing the stay-at-home orders.