February at UBC is a month of celebration and movement activities.
Many members of our UBC community will celebrate the Lunar New Year and the start of the Year of the Ox on February 12. February is also a month devoted to Black History in Canada, honouring the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities. Black History Month (BHM) was officially recognized in Canada in 1995 following a motion introduced to the House of Commons by the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament. This is a time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of people of African descent in Canada who have a huge part in shaping Canada’s heritage, cultural diversity and prosperity. It is also an opportunity to learn about the experiences of Black Canadians in our communities, past and present, as we work to make our nation more equitable. At UBC, we have an institutional commitment to creating a more inclusive campus through advancing the UBC Inclusion Action Plan and the anti-racism efforts.
Move UBC, an annual, university-wide initiative to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviours, is another event taking place in February. It explores ways to fit physical activity into your day, wherever you are. According to the Canadian Psychological Association, the mental health benefits of physical activity include prevention of depression and anxiety, reduced day-to-day stress and boost of happiness and self-esteem. Small changes can add up to big impacts! Visit the Move UBC calendar to find activities that will get you moving.
Keep safe and well,
Black History Month events and recommended reading list
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