Black History Month

At a time when disheartening levels of racism have been increasing globally, Black History Month recognizes a history of systemic injustice, honours the multitude of lived experiences within the Black diaspora, and celebrates the community responses and transformational creative production that times of strife have always inspired.

SAMRU, MRU Diversity & Human Rights, and the Iniskim Centre are collaborating on a series of events that explore the interrelationship of Blackness with Queer and Trans life, Indigeneity, class, and more, drawing strong connections that enhance our understanding of Black lives and realities.


Kim Katrin Milan

HB_BHM_KimKatrinMonday, February 6 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Main Stage, Wyckham House

Join writer, educator, and artist Kim Katrin Milan as she speaks about the challenges and realities of creating connectivity and inclusion through activity and human rights advocacy in relation to queer communities of colour. This includes unpacking the concept of privilege, intersectionality, what it means to “create space”, and exploring the difference between living an experience and studying an experience through academia.



Art Showcase: Evening with the Artists


Tuesday, February 7 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Council Chambers (2nd floor Wyckham House)

We’re showcasing local art from Calgary’s Black community in this celebration of the transformational creative production that times of strife have always inspired. Featured artists will be in attendance and guests are encouraged to engage and discuss with the artists and their work. Wine and cheese will be served. Following the evening with the artists, the art display will remain available for viewing throughout the week in Council Chambers from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. until Friday, February 10th. Join the Facebook event.

If you’d like to contribute your art to be displayed, please contact Cory Cardinal at or 403-440-7795. We are accepting submissions and proposals until February 3, 2017.


Kyle Mays

HB_BHM_KyleMaysThursday, February 9 | Workshop at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Council Chambers
Reception and mingling at 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in the Iniskim Centre
Lecture at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in EC1060

Kyle T. Mays (Black/Saginaw Anishinaabe) is a transdisciplinary scholar and public intellectual of urban U.S. history, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Indigenous popular culture. He earned his Ph.D. in the Department of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At present, he is working on three books. Dr. Mays writes regularly for public venues, including Indian Country Today Media Network, Native Appropriations, Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education and Society, and The Native Ninety Percent.


Others Within: An Intersectional Symposium

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Friday, February 10 | 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. |  Lincoln Park Room (J301)

This day-long event will interrogate the possibilities of transformation within the context of higher education and academic scholarship. The invited speakers will address issues of gender and race inequity in hiring, retention and promotion, sexual assault on campus, mentoring, and experiences of racialized students and faculty. See more information at the Facebook event page.


Other Ongoing Programming

Film Screenings: Community of Colour

Friday, February 14 and Tuesday, February 28 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Jenkins Theatre

All students are invited to come together in a space of solidarity with students of colour for these film and documentary screenings. Tuesday, February 14th will show 13th, a documentary by Ava Duvernay. On Tuesday, February 28 Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins, will be screened.



Monday, February 27 | 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Pride Centre (Z204)

Check back soon for more information about this special Crafternoon event!


TED Talks: Global Issues

Monday, February 6, 13, and 27 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Global Citizen Centre (Z307)

Join us Monday afternoon for two TED Talks about a recent global issue, then stick around for tea and a discussion of the video. The Global Citizen Centre also hosts regular cultural and Indigenous inclusion programming – click here to see a complete list of our regularly scheduled workshops.



Cory Cardinal
Cultural and Indigenous Inclusion Programmer
Office: Wyckham House, Z305
Phone: (403) 440-7795