source: http://www.un.org/en/events/africandescentdecade/index.shtml

There are around 200 million people identifying themselves as being of African descent live in the Americas. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent.
Whether as descendants of the victims of the transatlantic slave trade or as more recent migrants, they constitute some of the poorest and most marginalized groups. Studies and findings by international and national bodies demonstrate that people of African descent still have limited access to quality education, health services, housing and social security.
Children pose in a camp for internally displaced people
Children pose in a camp for internally displaced people (Haiti 2012). UN Photo/Logan Abassi
In many cases, their situation remains largely invisible, and insufficient recognition and respect has been given to the efforts of people of African descent to seek redress for their present condition. They all too often experience discrimination in their access to justice, and face alarmingly high rates of police violence, together with racial profiling.
Furthermore, their degree of political participation is often low, both in voting and in occupying political positions.
In addition, people of African descent can suffer from multiple, aggravated or intersecting forms of discrimination based on other related grounds, such as age, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, social origin, property, disability, birth, or other status.
Magdalena "Piyuya" Mora Herrera, leader of the Gangá Longobá (Cuba) © Sergio Leyva Seiglie, They Are We Project
The promotion and protection of human rights of people of African descent has been a priority concern for the United Nations. The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action acknowledged that people of African descent were victims of slavery, the slave trade and colonialism, and continue to be victims of their consequences.
The Durban process raised the visibility of people of African descent and contributed to a substantive advancement in the promotion and protection of their rights as a result of concrete actions taken by States, the United Nations, other international and regional bodies and civil society.
Still, despite these advances, racism and racial discrimination, both direct and indirect, de facto and de jure, continue to manifest themselves in inequality and disadvantage.
The International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, provides a solid framework for the United Nations, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development.
It is also a unique opportunity to build on the International Year for People of African Descent, which was observed by the international community in 2011, and to further underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to our societies and to propose concrete measures to promote their full inclusion and to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.




February is
Black History Month is a time to commemorate the achievements of Black people. In Canada and the US is celebrated in February and in the U.K is celebrated in October.

February is the month chosen to celebrate Black History because is the birthday month of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas two men that fought for the freedom of Black people in North America.

In 1995 thanks to a motion put forward by Jean Augustine, Canada’s House of Commons recognized the struggles and achievements of Black Canadians by adopting the month of February as Black History Month, but it was not until 2008 that the Canadian Senate officially recognized February as the Black History Month.

During the Black History Month, we also want to showcase some of our Black citizens that are contributing to the greatness of our country.

United by Heritage
Is our theme for 2018. For this important month we have brought together a renowned array of international Black artists, who will be performing in Vancouver Island, Vancouver, and Montreal.

The artists are:

Mamadou Diabate:  is a world-renowned balafon player an African xylophone.  Mamadou was born in Burkina Faso to a family of musicians that also have years of experience in traditional storytelling. At the age of 5 he started his professional training with his father, Penegue Diabaté, who in his days was considered the best balafon player far beyond the borders of the samba culture. At the age of 8 he began with his apprenticeship years with renowned. In 1988 and 1998 he won the first prize of the “National Culture Week” of Burkina Faso.

Now Mamadou lives in Austria where he continues to develop and perfume his art.

Merlin Nyakam: Was born in Cameroon, Merlin is recognized internationally for his interpretations and teachings of African and Afro-Contemporary dance. Merlin has and continues to enchant audiences around the world with his art. Special guests to his performance in Canada will include: Adama Bilorou a percussionist based in Paris; Salif Sanou a flutist specializes in African flute based in Montreal; and Akra Soumah a percussionist based in Ottawa…

Re: Black History Month Celebration
Pulcherie Mboussi at 250-884-0379 vaccsociety@gmail.com