TORONTO—With the beginning of Black History Month, the Millwright Regional Council of Ontario (MRCO) issued a statement saying it is strongly committed to fighting all forms of anti-Black racism and taking concrete actions to safeguard the rights and well-being of Black Canadians.

The theme this year, February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day, “reminds us to recognize and reflect on the remarkable accomplishments and lived experiences of Black Canadians, past and present, not only in February, but all year long.”

“Black communities have made and continue to make a difference in all areas, including academia, health, sciences, business, sport, the arts, and on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” reads the statement. “They have shown resilience, innovation, and determination in the face of ongoing barriers, inequalities, and systemic anti-Black racism that still exists in our country.”

While most celebrations will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MRCO encourages all Canadians to take part in online events for Black History Month and to continue building a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable society.

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