Celebrating Black Futures Month at GBC

Each February, we celebrate Black History Month to commemorate the contributions of people of African descent and honour the legacy of Black peoples in Canada and throughout the world. 

Last year we launched George Brown College’s first-ever Black Futures Month. Building on the legacy of Black History Month, Black Futures honours the resilience and contributions of our African ancestors to Canada. It takes inspiration from the forebears who have paved the way for Black Canadians, including participating in the defence of Upper Canada in the War of 1812 alongside Indigenous leaders in support of General Brock. Through their actions, they showed us what it means to have courage, persevere with fortitude, and foster a sense of community.

The Black Futures initiative was developed by our George Brown community for our George Brown community as an opportunity to celebrate Black excellence, Black innovation, and Black achievement.

On February 1, we kick off a series of events and initiatives. Together, we will explore important topics such as Black health and wellness and hear from renowned Black community leaders.  We all benefit from learning about each other and collaboratively sharing in the building of an inclusive college community. Please visit georgebrown.ca/gbcblackfutures for the schedule of events and to register. All employees, students and community partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  

"I am inspired by the George Brown community’s commitment to cultivating a more equitable and inclusive college environment, and I know that all of us will be inspired by the events taking place this month," said George Brown College President Dr. Gervan Fearon.

Throughout February, also stay tuned to our website and GBCommunity for stories of the many ways Black employees, students and alumni are creating positive change locally and around the world. You can also follow along and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #GBCBlackFutures.