Living History: Information Session

The Black Community Resource Centre invites you to participate in our project “Living History: 100 Years of Black History, Culture and Heritage.” We will be creating 15 Memoryscapes of sites, organizations, and landmarks of cultural and historical significance to the English-speaking Black community of Montréal. These oral histories enable the listener to experience the hidden history of a place by listening to the memories of past and present inhabitants, while also documenting and celebrating the significant contributions of the Black Anglo community. The project will use cultural geography, documentation, and audio history approaches to observing, recording, and videotaping the history of English-speaking Blacks in Montréal since 1900.

If you are interested in additional information or the possibility of participating in this project please attend the information session or email us at livinghistory@bcrcmontreal.com.

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BCF Secretariat Briefing

Updates on Elections Concerns and Highlights

The Party Leaders Immigration policy positions are for immigrants and visible minorities a critical problem in this election. The position of the left and right wing parties and the likely loss of the middle tell immigrants, visible minorities, anyone who speaks English, and progressive supporters of a sustainable cohesive society that they have a lot of work to do as a collectivity if they want to have any semblance of an unassimilated identity in this Province. The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) in a survey of 1000 Canadian businesses finds that “while 39 per cent of employers say it has been difficult to find personnel over the past year, they prefer to hire less qualified candidates, younger candidates who can be trained on the job or retirees rather than immigrants”.

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The Fall Begins – 2018-19 Season

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And we’re off!

The start of a new season is always an exciting time, and this season is no different! As summer draws closer to its end, we at Black Theatre Workshop are gearing up for our biggest, boldest, and most ambitious season to date! We are thrilled to bring 3 of our productions on tour to Ontario this year, and to continue with our new initiative to provide programming for Montreal’s francophone Black communities with a staged reading of Lorena Gale’s Angelique at Centre du Théâtre D’Aujourd’hui in December! We are so grateful to you – our loyal audience – for all your support over the years, and we looking forward to seeing you at all our events! Here’s to a truly successful 2018-19 season!

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2 Legends, 2 legacies. 2 different messages – By Yvonne Sam

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The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” (Julius Caesar II, ii, 30-31)

On August 16, minutes following announcement of her death, tributes to Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul started pouring in from musicians, actors, producers, high-profile executives, political figures and others. Former U. S President Barack Obama tweeted, “Aretha helped define the American experience. “In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.

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Minister Kathleen Weil Announces Grants for English Speaking Quebecers; For the Black Community the Proof of the Pudding is in the Serving and Eating

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After years of negotiating (The Table des Concertations , 1991; The Black Community Forum, Val Morin, 1992), protests (the Sir George Computer Crisis, 1968; Anthony Griffin, November 11 1987; Freddy Villeneuve, 2008;), task forces (Yolande James Task Force), cultural briefs (BTW at the Liza Frulla-Hébert, Roland Arpin, Policy on Culture and the Arts, Quebec City, 1991 Villeneuve), and several unplanned selections of community organizations for project funding, the Quebec Government under the Couillard Liberals has put in place a structure that is part of the Government policy and decision making system The new structure gives the English speaking Black communities hope that they will be able to participate fully in the social, cultural, economic processes of the Quebec society, that Blacks will ultimately cease to be seen as immigrant problems that represent elements of Bernier’s “extreme multiculturalism” and CAQ’s unwilling and ungrateful assimilated that threaten Canadian and Quebec values, harmony and democracy. The Government has, under pressure from a diversified English speaking voice, created the Secretariat for Relations with English Speaking Quebecers. It will be responsible for ensuring that the concerns of English-Speaking Quebecers are taken into account in government orientations and decisions in collaboration with government ministries and bodies.

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NEWS FROM THE SECRETARIAT OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY FORUM (BCF) – FACT OR FICTION. WE ARE WORKING IN REALITY TIME?

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MPs of the Black Parliamentary Caucus (caucus Greg Fergus, Frank Baylis & Emmanuel Dubourg , the Honorary Mélanie Joly, and leaders from the English Speaking Black Community (Tiffany Callender, Dr. Clarence Bayne, and D. Reid).

Every picture is not worth a thousand words. Every “skin teeth is not a grin”. This picture was taken at a meeting called by Minister Mélanie Joly in June 29 2018, Montreal, to announce Heritage Canada allocation of $9 million to fund programs in support of Black youth across Canada. In the picture some of us (Dr. Clarence S.Bayne on the left and Mr. Denburk Reid on the right) seem only to manage a half smile, and some no smile at all. That does not mean we are not aware of the importance of the announcement. Notwithstanding the skepticism in the Black community about the meaningfulness of pictures like this, it is worth noting that both the Federal government and the Provincial government of Quebec in their pre-election announcements of funding policies have targeted the Black communities in Quebec and across the country.

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Fally Ipupa Live in Montreal Sept 1 2018 @ the L’Olympia Montreal

Fally Ipupa is an artist of Congolese origin who has been rocked by music from a very young age. Indeed, his family being practicing Catholic, it is within a religious choir that he makes his first scales and is initiated to singing.

With over fifty million views on YouTube, his signing with Universal Music France heralds a new turn for Fally Ipupa, who will now dare to tint his music with a hint of pop and many other surprises.

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HBHAS 2nd Annual Emancipation Art Exhibition Invitation

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The Halton Black History Awareness Society (HBHAS) welcomes you to our 2018 2nd Annual Emancipation Art Exhibition, “Celebrating Freedom” on August 1st at the Helson Gallery in Halton Hills – Canada’s most patriotic community – from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Meet a number of exquisite Canadian Black Artists and experience their artistry of love, bondage, beauty, family, and expression in illustrating their “Freedom” – their Emancipation. The HBHAS welcomes you to enjoy this enlightening free exhibition in kicking off our 2018 Halton Freedom Festival. Please RSVP your attendance. Thank you.

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2018 Jackie Robinson Golf Tournament

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Dear Fellow Golfers and Friends,

The 2018 Masters was an exciting affair and marked the opening of this year’s golf season for us in the Montreal region. The next big event on our agenda will be the 2018 Jackie Robinson Golf Tournament which will be held on Friday the 6th July 2018 at the prestigious St Raphaël Golf Club, and if things hold true to form, this should be an equally exciting and memorable event.

Looking forward to seeing you again this year.

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