In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent, which concludes in 2024. The decade was inspired by the need to support the economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights of the African diaspora.

Two of the objectives include the need to: 

  • promote respect, protection and fulfillment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people of African descent, as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contributions of people of African descent to the development of societies.

Seneca takes pride in the vibrant and diverse community we serve as we continue to build an equitable Seneca. Honouring Black History Month and the contributions of Black Seneca students, employees, faculty and Canadians is just one part of the equation. Throughout the month of February, students and employees can learn about the triumphs of icons in the Black community. They may also participate in a range of events to learn more.

Strong and Free with Garvia Bailey

The first recorded African-Canadian presence took place in 1607, with the arrival of Mathieu DaCosta. Throughout the more than 400 years since DaCosta's arrival, the diasporic community has continuously grown, and there are countless accounts of triumph and tribulation to unearth from this period. Join us on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. to hear about six significant stories of African-Canadian history, with award-winning journalist, Garvia Bailey.

 Listen to the Strong and Free podcast Attend Ask Me Anything with Garvia Bailey on Wednesday, Feb. 22