In the past week, we observed Indigenous Veterans Day/National Aboriginal Veterans Day (Monday, November 8) and Remembrance Day (Thursday, November 11) to honour those who have served Canada in times of war. Like many formerly colonial countries, Canada too has a history of military service from racialized communities whose sacrifice abroad were not matched by full civil rights and recognition at home.
From earlier this year, Government of Canada planning apology to the No. 2 Construction Battalion
More about the No. 2 Construction Battalion (including a nominal roll or list of names of soldiers serving in a war, action, or unit), a segregated, non-combatant battalion formed in response to being turned away by the Canadian Expeditionary Force due to skin colour:
The Chinatown Storytelling Centre is finally open! After years of research, planning, fundraising, and community-building, the Chinatown Storytelling Centre opened on November 6, 2021 in Vancouver’s Chinatown. According to its mission, the Centre “celebrates Chinatown’s contributions to the development of Vancouver and highlights the roles of Chinese Canadians in the building of Canada as a nation”. For more information, visit https://www.chinatownstorytellingcentre.org/
Sankofa: African Routes, Canadian Roots opened on November 4, 2021 at the Museum of Anthropology. Co-curated by Nya Lewis, Nuno Porto, and Titilope Salami, this exhibition focuses on African diaspora and Black communities in Vancouver, through works by contemporary artists from Nigeria and objects from the permanent MOA collection. Public programming continues with the exhibition, which runs until March 27, 2022. Next event is Artists Unscripted: Benin Reimagined on November 20, 2021, with Victor Ehikhamenor, Peju Layiwola, and Titilope Salami. For more information on Sankofa, visit: https://moa.ubc.ca/exhibition/sankofa/