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Storytelling event and Heritage Minute “sneak peek” to kick off celebration of Black History Month

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Historica Canada will kick off Black History Month with a storytelling event at the Canadian Museum of History. Two Passages Canada speakers will share stories about Black community leaders who are working to create change across the country. The afternoon will conclude with a “sneak peek” of the newest Heritage Minute celebrating Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond.

The event will be attended by students from Encounters with Canada, an initiative of Historica Canada funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage. These young adults from across Canada will be in Ottawa to take part in a week of activities and excursions to help them learn more about their capital city, explore exciting career options, and develop civic leadership skills.

Passages Canada speaker Patrick Bizindavyi is the President and Co-Founder of Unleashed Possibilities Inc., a company that helps individuals reach their peak potential by pursuing and achieving their dreams and goals.

What:              Black History Month celebration and “sneak peek” of new Heritage Minute

When:             Monday, February 1st, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Where:            Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec

Passages Canada is a national storytelling program of Historica Canada that invites newcomers and established Canadians to share their personal experiences of identity, heritage, and immigration with groups of all ages. Passages Canada is generously funded by TD Bank Group and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship.

Media Contacts:

Lee-Anne Lavell, Program Coordinator

416.506.1867 x 264



Andrea Hall, Communications Coordinator

t 416.506.1867 x 261