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S.M. 2022, c. 53

Bill 200, 5th Session, 42nd Legislature

The Black History Month Act (Commemoration of Days, Weeks and Months Act Amended)

Explanatory Note

This note was written as a reader's aid to the Bill and is not part of the law.

This Bill amends The Commemoration of Days, Weeks and Months Act. February of each year is proclaimed as Black History Month.

(Assented to December 1, 2022)

HIS MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

C.C.S.M. c. C150.5 amended

1   The Commemoration of Days, Weeks and Months Act is amended by this Act.

2   Schedule 1 is renumbered as Schedule 1.1 and the following is added as Schedule 1:



WHEREAS Black people and people of African descent have made important contributions to Manitoba throughout its history;

AND WHEREAS Black activists and communities have successfully struggled to advance human rights, which has benefitted all Manitobans;

AND WHEREAS the experiences of Black people and people of African descent in Manitoba have added to the rich cultural diversity of Manitobans;

AND WHEREAS the contributions and histories of Black people and people of African descent are not well known among many Manitobans;

AND WHEREAS February has been celebrated as Black History Month for more than fifty years, inspiring hope and future achievements in Black communities;

AND WHEREAS Black History Month gives Manitobans an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about the contributions of Black people and people of African descent to Manitoba's economic, social, political and cultural life;

THEREFORE the following is proclaimed throughout Manitoba:

Black History Month

1   In each year, the month of February is to be known as Black History Month.

Coming into force

3   This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.