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In December 1995, the Canadian House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month, following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the Hon. Jean Augustine. The motion was carried unanimously. In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced the 'Motion to Recognize Contributions of Black Canadians and February as Black History Month'. The approval and adoption of this motion completed Canada’s parliamentary position on Black History Month. Black History Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about the many contributions Black Canadians have made to Canada. To learn more click here.