Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, SAMRU will be celebrating Black History Month with programming that uplifts the voices of members of the Black community and honours the multitude of lived experiences within the Black diaspora.

Connect: BIPOC Support Network

Friday, February 5, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Link 

The Black Indigenous and People of Color Support Network was formed with the goal of supporting the institution’s agenda to foster a sense of belonging on campus by providing a support network for faculty, staff and students who identify as Black Indigenous or People of Colour. Come connect!

Black History Month Film Festival

Streaming Platforms: National Film Board (NFB) and Hoovie

The Mount Royal University community and the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) are proud to present the third annual Black History Month Film Festival with a virtual twist. The Festival will feature works by BIPOC filmmakers from across the globe. As well, we look forward to connecting authentically with pre and post-film conversations. Free admission (please reserve tickets ahead of the screening). Please email dreid978@mtroyal.ca if you have any questions. Click here to find the official movie poster for the Black History Month Film Festival.

BONUS SCREENING: Friday, February 12, 2021 | 6:00 p.m.| NFB link

*Q & A with Cheryl Foggo Google Meet Link

John Ware Reclaimed (2020)

The film follows filmmaker Cheryl Foggo on her quest to re-examine the mythology surrounding John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta Canada, before the turn of the 20th century. Foggo’s research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism, both past and present.

*The discussion for this film will include a Q & A with film director Cheryl Foggo and a draw to win a $100 Amazon gift card. 

Each evening will feature two full-length feature films followed by a sequence of discussions.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. |Streaming online through Hoovie

Whose Streets (2017), Sabaah Folayan (1h 43m).

Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest. This film is an energetic account of the Ferguson uprising against police brutality, as told by the people who lived it. (Doc., BLM, mature content: language and violence). Hoovie link.

Hale Country This Morning, This Evening (2018), RaMell Ross (1h 16m). 

An artistic film that follows two young African-American men and their community over five years in a poignantly human, if voyeuristic, account of birth, death, celebration, hard work, and the painting of hopes and dreams. (Doc., BLM). Hoovie link.

Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. |Streaming online through Hoovie

Call Me Kuchu (2012), Katherine Fairfax Wright & Malika Zouhali-Worrall (1h 30m). 

David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia while combatting vicious persecution in their daily lives. (Doc., BLM, LGBTQ+, mature content: violence). Hoovie link.

Fractured Land (2015), Damien Gillis & Fiona Rayher (1h 15m). 

Young Indigenous leader and lawyer, Caleb Behn,  blends modern tools of law with ancient wisdom to reconcile the fractures within himself, his community, and the world around him. (Doc., Indigenous stories). Hoovie link.

*The discussions for these films will include draws to win $50 and $100 Amazon gift cards. 

“Real Talk”

Wednesday, February 17, 2021| 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. |Zoom Link

ACSA UofC & ACSA MRU present a Black History Month debate where each organization will bring up a range of topics for discussions. This event supports freedom of speech and this event encourages open, healthy debate in this interactive environment. Join for a chance to win 1 of 3 $100 Amazon gift cards!

For more information please contact c.cardinal@samru.ca or calgary.acsa@gmail.com.

This program is put on in partnership with ACSA UofC & ACSA MRU.

Panels

Accelerate change in EDI (anti-racism) through innovative technology solutions: A global perspective

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Link 

This exciting panel will discuss an important initiative of Black History Month — to end systemic racism in post-secondary institutions. The National EDI Action Tracking and Reporting System (Equity,  Diversity and Inclusion), founded by Mount Royal University assistant professor Dr. Jacqueline Musabende, explores tracking, reporting and ultimately ending racism in post-secondary education institutions across Canada.

This program is put on in partnership with Mount Royal University assistant professor Dr. Jacqueline Musabende. 

MRFA EDI Series: Developing a Course for Inclusion

Friday February 26, 2021| 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. |Register online here

Understand how inclusion considerations impact students in the classroom diversity course content, create syllabi for equity, decolonize the curriculum and create accessible assessment practices, use universal design to create accessible learning environments. Register online before February 23, 2021. 

*Plus discussion specific to anti-racist teaching practices and Black History Month

Speakers: Ayah Abdalla (Student, Faculty of Arts), Ghada Alatrash (Faculty, General Education), Ada Jaarsma (Faculty, Humanities), and Orest Ndabaneze (Student, Faculty of Arts). Moderated by Andrea Phillipson (Faculty, Academic Development Centre).

This program is put on in partnership with the Mount Royal Faculty Association (MRFA). 

Sharing Awareness: Conversations around Black Lives Matter

Friday, February 26, 2021| 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. |Link

Join our DICE (Diversity, Inclusivity Conversations and Experiences) student group as they lead us in this session to discuss some of the implications of the BLM movement. The discussion will be moderated by Adora Nwofor, President of BLM YYC, an organization that continues to agitate, educate, and organize Calgarians around the message that Black lives matter. As an entrepreneur, organizer and keynote speaker, Ms. Nwofor, has spent her life in Calgary championing for the rights and dignity of the BIPOC community and other marginalized folx. This activity is organized in honour of Black History Month and in partnership with SAMRU.

This program is put on in partnership with BLM YYC, Ms. Adora Nwofor, and DICE (Diversity, Inclusivity Conversations and Experiences) student group.

Desire to Make a Difference: Community, responsibility, and integrity

Saturday, February 27, 2021| 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. |Facebook Live

Hosted by comedian, Sterling Scott, this event is a fun-filled virtual celebration of Black History Month with the Caribbean Associations of Calgary via Facebook live! Featuring live discussions and cultural performances, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

Discover Black Creators and Stories Available at MRU Library

In celebration of Black History Month, MRU Library has published an online display showcasing materials that centre Black creators, stories and perspectives. The lists, which include links to books, films, and AR/VR experiences, are only a small selection of items available via Library collections that refer to Black historical accounts or storytellers. Make use of your Library account and access the many online options or submit a request through the Contactless Pick-Up Service.

This program is put on in partnership with Mount Royal University Library.

Contact

Cory Cardinal
Cultural and Indigenous Inclusion Programmer
Office: Wyckham House, Z305
Email: c.cardinal@samru.ca
Phone: (403) 440-7795