UM Black Alliance
UM Black Alliance (UMBA), affiliated with the University of Manitoba, consists of Black students, alumni, staff and faculty and was formed to acknowledge and honour the specific history of dispossession, enslavement, segregation, settler colonialism, and related conditions that resulted in a Black presence in Canada.

We stand in solidarity with the families of George Floyd (Minneapolis), Regis Korchinski-Paquet (Toronto) and Machuar Madut (Winnipeg).

BIPOC communities in the US, Canada, and worldwide are hurting from inhumane acts of racial violence. Anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism and the senseless killings of our Peoples must come to an end.

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UM Black Alliance recognizes and celebrates Emancipation Day. Emancipation Day commemorates the Abolition of Slavery Act, which became law on August 1, 1834. This act freed more than 800,000 enslaved people of African descent throughout the British Empire, including Canada. Since then, Emancipation Day has been celebrated on or near August 1 each year. It is an important expression of identity for the Black community, and a reminder of the continuing struggle faced by people of African descent towards a more inclusive, diverse society free of racial discrimination.

It has been 186 years since the Slavery Act was abolished and we are still fighting to dismantle systemic racism embedded in the political, economic and social structure of Canada. We are in a pivotal time for racial justice and over these past weeks and months, much of the world appears to have woken up to this truth too. As author and activist James Baldwin wrote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

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Black History Month 2020

UM Black Alliance (UBA) has been formed to coordinate and promote Black History Month events; address challenges and continue to honour and remember the important history, people and experiences of Black communities in February and throughout the year. UBA will foster active communication between alumni, faculty, staff, students and the greater University of Manitoba’s (UM) community through multiple engagement platforms. UBA advances the UM’s mission, to create, preserve, communicate and apply knowledge, contributing to the cultural, social and economic well-being of the people of Manitoba, Canada and the world.

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February is Black History Month in Canada! During this time, we honour the richness and diversity of the achievements and contributions of Blacks in Canada and around the world. We also reflect on the issues and difficulties that were faced, and continue to be faced within the Black community.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community at large are invited to attend a multitude of initiatives and events to honour Black History Month (BHM) on campus.

In celebration of BHM on campus, we will see:

  •     Featured meals each week at Degrees Restaurant highlighting food from the Caribbean and Africa – 3rd Floor University Centre
  •     Special menu items featuring North, South, East and West Africa at AFV Kitchen (Afro Food Vineyard)  – Campo University Centre
  •     Select works from Black Canadian authors at the Bookstore in University Centre

Our main event takes place on February 5, 2020:

UM Black Alliance in partnership with Manitoba Employment Equity Practitioners Association (MEEPA)

is pleased to invite you to the

University of Manitoba’s Black History Month Event

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

8:30 am – 12:00 pm in Marshall McLuhan at the University of Manitoba

“Where We Live Now: Black Liberation Struggles and the University as White Property”

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Delia Douglas, Ph.D.

Anti-Racism Practice Lead

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Please register here:

On February 6, 2020 Robin DiAngelo, author of “White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism” will be visiting the University of Manitoba to deliver the Robert and Elizabeth Knight Distinguished Visiting Lecture.

In honour of Black History Month we invite you to join us on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am in 141 Education Building – LOD Learning Centre for a facilitated discussion titled, “Where Do We Go From Here,” following the DiAngelo presentation.

Participants are strongly encouraged to attend Dr. DiAngelo’s presentation or read her book before this conversation.


  •     Discuss suggestions for continuing the work of anti-racism.
  •     Explore the successes and challenges of implementing the strategies for these conversations.
  •     Define individual and collective follow-up actions.

Please register here: