Black History Month comes to Iqaluit
From board games to a film festival, here are the festivities happening in Nunavut’s capital
February is Black History Month and despite the pandemic, the festivities to honour the legacy and contributions of Black Canadians will go on in Nunavut’s capital.
While some parts of the celebrations will look familiar, including guest speakers and film screenings, the events will all follow COVID-19 public health guidelines, meaning guests will attend via video-conference, masks will be required and physical distancing will be kept.
Here is a full list of the upcoming events:
- Sunday, Feb. 7: The African and Caribbean Association of Nunavut will be hosting an afternoon of board games, including Mancala, Ludo, Dominos and the Inuit-designed Nunami. Due to limited space, festivities will be taking place at both the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum and Ecole des Trois-Soleils between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served and masks are mandatory.
- Sunday, Feb. 7: The Nunavut Black History Society will be kicking off its month-long film festival with an opening ceremony that will include guest speakers over Zoom, such as the federal minister of diversity and inclusion and youth, Bardish Chagger, as well as Jean Augustine, Canada’s first Black female federal minister, who will be receiving this year’s Sankofa lifetime achievement award.
- Friday, Feb. 12: Screening of Judas and the Black Messiah
- Thursday, Feb 18: Screening of Hero
- Thursday, Feb 25: Screening of Honour Before Glory
- Thursday, Mar. 4: Screening of Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess
- Thursday, Mar. 11: Discussion on “Colonialism — Haiti, the Blueprint to Black Power,” followed by a screening of a film relevant to the talk.
All Black History Month Film Festival screenings will be held at the Astro Theatre and will begin at 6 p.m.