February 12, 2021

Whereas, the Parliament of Canada has been officially recognizing Black History Month since 1995 following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian Woman elected to the Canadian Parliament – The Honourable Jean Augustine,

Whereas, Black History Month is important to the Black Community and is a time for reflection, introspection and serves as a time to reconcile and address the specific needs of the Black community,

Whereas, Black History Month is crucial to fighting Black erasure and anti-Black racism in Canada and educating people on the contributions of Black Canadians, 

Whereas, SFSS BIPOC Committee recommended that the Board of Directors create an Issues Policy in support of recognising Black History Month and actively supporting Black-led efforts in celebrating it

Whereas, SOCA has been recognizing Black History Month since it’s creation in 1994 when it was formerly known as the Black Students Association,

Whereas, the Board of Directors passed MOTION BOD 2019- 02-01:07 that SOCA submitted requesting that SFSS Formally Recognizes Black History Month at Simon Fraser University at their February 1, 2019 Board of Directors Meeting,

Be it resolved that, the Board of Directors create an SFSS Issues Policy, Black History Month, as presented in the attached document titled “Proposed Draft Issues Policy IP-2: Black History Month

Read the proposed Issues Policy IP-2: Black History Month here.

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