International Decade for People of African Descent
The Black community has been part of British Columbia since April 1858, when more than 800 members of the community came to traditional territories of the First Nations and the Métis fleeing brutality and exploitation.
Yet the experience of Black British Columbians continues to be marginalized, their histories and contributions to this province little known or celebrated. We must and can do better.
The years 2015 through 2024 is the International Decade for the People of African Descent. The Province is committed to addressing systemic anti-Black racism and proclaiming the International Decade for the People of African Descent (IDPAD). We know that the proclamation must come with tangible solutions for the community.
That’s why Government is consulting with community stakeholders to get feedback on how to declare IDPAD in a meaningful way. Summaries of meetings will be posted as they become available.
This engagement is complemented by work being done by the African Art and Cultural Community Contributor Society (AACCCS).
Black in B.C. needs assessment survey
The B.C. government has provided a grant to the African Art and Cultural Community Contributor Society (AACCCS) to lead the “Black in B.C. Needs Assessment Survey.” While the survey is now closed, we encourage you to visit their site to learn of upcoming opportunities to participate in this important work (link redirects to an external website).
The findings from this survey will be considered to help inform Government on how to declare the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD) in a meaningful way.
Once the meetings conclude, we will share the initial findings to the broader community for feedback to ensure we have captured the diverse experiences of Black British Columbians.