Family Day BBQ and Free Jazz Concert
Saturday, July 15, 2017 – 1pm – 5pm
Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia

Join us at the Black Cultural Centre as we Celebrate Jazz Music with a BBQ and Live Concert as part of the TD Halifax Jazz Festival – Jazz Connects Series. The featured performers will be:

  • Keonte Beals (1pm)
  • Jody Upshaw (2pm)
  • Kristen Olivia (3pm)
  • Maje (4pm)

All performances will take place on the grounds of the Centre on the TD Halifax Jazz Fest Stage. Free family BBQ starting at 1pm with free admission to the Black Cultural Centre. Come out and enjoy some great music, food and culture.

2017 No.  2  Construction  Battalion  Ceremony 

Saturday, July 8, 2017 – DeCoste Centre, Pictou NS

This  is our  24th  recognition  service  in  honor  and  memory of  the  No.  2  Construction Battalion  C.E.F.,  Canada’s  first  and only  all  Black  regiment.   

The  event  will  be  held  on  Saturday  July  8,  2017  at  the  deCoste  Centre,  with  the  honor  parade  starting at 10:30am  and the ceremony starting at  11:00am.

2nd Annual Spirit of Gospel Workshop
September 7-10, 2017
Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia

Sharp 5 Productions in partnership with the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, is hosting, a multi-day Gospel Workshop featuring Javert “Jaye” Haynes, music minister of Blessed Hope Missionary Church, Cleveland, Ohio, organist, percussionist, vocal coach and bassist on Bobby Jones Gospel Hour.

For the second year, this unique development workshop will take place September 7-10th, 2017 at the Black Cultural Centre and will provide an opportunity for the development and inspiration of those who would like to develop their music harmonizing and vocal techniques.  This multi-day event will end with a concert performance on the final day.

Registration is $ 60 per person with limited spaces available.


 

2017 Summer Student Employment Opportunities

Job Title: Researcher / Cultural Program Assistant (2 positions)

Duration: 8-12 weeks:  June – August 31, 2017: Monday to Saturday work schedule (5 day cycle)

Wage: $ 11.50 per hour (35 hours per week)

Work Language: English, basic French knowledge would be an asset but not required.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017 – 4:00 pm

 

Be Inspired! Celebrate Nova Scotia’s rich Black History

Be a part of sharing the rich history and diverse culture of African Nova Scotians. The Black Cultural Centre is looking for energetic and creative individuals to inspire and welcome visitors to the museum and interpret the history of African Nova Scotians.

Job Description: The successful candidate will be required to complete several tasks related to program development, research and curatorial support. Will be required to become familiar with the history, displays and exhibits of the museum to complete tasks associated with developing programs and research to educate and inform the community and visitors to the Centre, also work to electronically digitize and record artifacts to support the museum collection. Repair, maintain and update museum displays and exhibits. Provide outreach during community events and activities associated with African Nova Scotian culture and history.

Duties: Provide assistance to visitors and provide guided tours as well as provide support to researchers and educators.  Fulfill requests for those seeking photo reproductions, research materials and artifacts. Cataloging of digital records and organizing information so that data can be searched via keyword or description. The position will also include duties associated with special program development and general museum operations.

Qualifications:

  • University and/or college student (returning to studies)
  • General knowledge and interest of African-Nova Scotia History;
  • Digital graphics computer skills (Photography, Photoshop etc)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to conduct research via internet and library;
  • Customer service skills an asset
  • Ability to read/write French would be an asset.
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Office
  • Retail experience an asset

Important Notes:

Please be advised of the eligibility criteria for the position:

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada;
  • (Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.);
  • be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • be registered in the Young Canada Works (YCW) candidate inventory (young-canada-works.canada.ca);
  • be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  •  not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the summer period;
  • have been a full-time student (as defined their educational institutions) in the semester preceding their job with summer employment; and intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following their summer job.

All applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and must be approved by the Summer Employment Program funding agencies.

How To Apply:

Step 1: Register online at Young Canada Works (young-canada-works.canada.ca)

Step 2:  Submit resume and cover letter via email: jobs@bccns.com or via fax: 902-434-2306

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017 – 4pm.

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

 

The Black Cultural Society is grateful for the support of Young Canada Works and the Service Canada Summer Employment Program.

>> Download Job Posting 2017 Summer Job Posting (Researcher)


Job Title: Museum Interpreter / Tour Guide (3 positions)

Duration: 8-12 weeks June – August 31, 2017: Monday to Saturday work schedule (5 day cycle)

Wage: $ 11.50 per hour (35 hours per week)

Work Language: English, basic French knowledge would be an asset but not required.

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017 – 4:00 pm

 

Be Inspired! Celebrate Nova Scotia’s rich Black History

Be a part of sharing the rich history and diverse culture of African Nova Scotians. The Black Cultural Centre established in 1983 is looking for energetic and creative individuals to inspire and welcome visitors to the museum, assist in developing programs and events.

Job Description: Be part of the museum team, interacting with visitors to the museum. Occasional assignments which will include assisting with exhibits that portray African Nova Scotian heritage as well as guided tours and hosting visitors. Providing services that assist tourists and researchers in gaining valuable knowledge of Black history and culture through the many displays, exhibits and artifacts at the Black Cultural Centre.

Duties: Provide guided museum interpretive tours to visitors; assist public in orientation to Centre; conduct youth activity programs and summer camps; assist in library research by patrons; assist in retail sales in gift shop, assist in museum and display maintenance and upkeep. Update basic web pages and develop web newsletter content. The position will also include duties associated with special programs, events and general museum operations.

Qualifications:

  • University and/or college student (returning to studies)
  • General knowledge and interest of African-Nova Scotia History;
  • Digital graphics computer skills (Photography, Photoshop etc)
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to conduct research via internet and library;
  • Customer service skills an asset
  • Ability to read/write French would be an asset.
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft Office
  • Retail experience an asset

Important Notes:

Please be advised of the eligibility criteria for the position:

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • be a Canadian citizen, or permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada;
  • (Non-Canadian students holding temporary work visas or awaiting permanent status are not eligible.);
  • be between 16 and 30 years of age at the start of employment;
  • be registered in the Young Canada Works (YCW) candidate inventory (young-canada-works.canada.ca);
  • be willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment;
  • not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) during the summer period;
  • have been a full-time student (as defined their educational institutions) in the semester preceding their job with summer employment; and intend to return to full-time studies in the semester following their summer job.

All applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and must be approved by the Summer Employment Program funding agencies.

How To Apply:

Step 1: Register online at Young Canada Works (young-canada-works.canada.ca)

Step 2:  Submit resume and cover letter via email: jobs@bccns.com or via fax: 902-434-2306

Application Deadline: May 31, 2017 – 4pm.

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

The Black Cultural Society is grateful for the support of Young Canada Works and the Service Canada Summer Employment Program.

>> Download Job Posting: 2017 Summer Job Posting (Tour Guide)

“No Fault”

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 6:30 pm
Proceeds to Support St. Thomas United Baptist Church

Black Cultural Centre – 10 Cherry Brook Road

A Sharp 5 Production in Partnership with
the Black Cultural Centre

Is a artistic musical performance with an all star cast that will be sure to inspire and entertain. The play will chronicle the life of Jesus and the Easter story. Written by Anne Johnson-MacDonald and performed by a team of dedicated artists and musicians. All proceeds will support St. Thomas United Baptist Church.

Tickets available now at the Black Cultural Centre and at the door.
Adults $ 20.00, Seniors and Students $ 15.00.

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 – 6:30 pm

For more information, contact the Black Cultural Centre
902-434-6223 or contact@bccns.com

February is African Heritage Month

 

This year’s African Heritage Month theme, Passing the Torch…African Nova Scotians and the next 150 years, will honour past and present legacies of African Nova Scotians while looking forward to future greatness.  The theme embraces African Nova Scotians’ resilience in the face of adversity over the generations as it highlights their successes and the bright path forward as Canada celebrates 150 years of confederation.

The province of Nova Scotia has over 50 historic African Nova Scotian communities, dating back over 200 years.  Annually we celebrate the history, heritage and contributions of African Nova Scotians during the month of February and beyond.  Our 2017 theme also aligns with the global observance of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015-2024 which focuses on three pillars: Recognition, Justice, and Development.

Each year in February, the African Heritage Month Information Network (AHMIN) produces an educational poster that is distributed and displayed across the province in community gathering centers, schools, churches, government offices and businesses. Those interested in a copy of the poster can visit www.bccns.com/ahmposter to order in advance.

The AHMIN also facilitates African Heritage Month events and proclamations across the province of Nova Scotia. A full listing of community activities and events are available online at http://www.ansa.novascotia.ca/african-heritage-month.

African Heritage Month in Canada

The commemoration of African Heritage Month can be traced back to 1926 when Harvard-educated Black historian, Carter G. Woodson, founded Negro History Week to recognize the achievements of African Americans. Woodson purposefully chose February for the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, both key figures in the emancipation of enslaved Blacks. In 1976, as part of the American Bicentennial celebrations, Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month.

 The vast contributions of African-Canadians to Canadian society have been acknowledged informally since the early 1950s.  However, Nova Scotia, particularly the Halifax Region, has been a leader in the promotion and awareness of African Heritage Month. Highlights of the development of Black History Month in Canada through the efforts of Nova Scotian trailblazers include the following:

1985    –  First “official” Opening Night for Black History Month (January 29) at the North Branch Library.

1987    –  First meeting of the Black History Month Association
1988    –  First Black History Month in Nova Scotia

1996    –  Black History Month renamed to African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia

It is important to note that Nova Scotia and the Black History Month Association set the path for Canada in the recognition of African Heritage Month.  Further, the significance of this influence as one of national proportion in the following occurrences compels recognition:

December, 1995 –  The House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month following a motion introduced by the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament, the         Honourable Jean Augustine.

February, 2008  –   Nova Scotia Senator Donald Oliver, Q.C., the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced a motion to have the Senate officially declare February as Black History Month.  The motion received unanimous approval.

March, 2008 –   The adoption of Senator Oliver’s motion was the final parliamentary procedure needed for  Canada’s permanent recognition of Black History Month.

About The African Heritage Month Information Network

The African Heritage Month Information Network is a partnership between African Nova Scotian Affairs, The Black Cultural Society / Centre (Organizational Lead), African Nova Scotian Music Association, African Nova Scotian North-Central Network, African Heritage Month Southwest Network, Africville Heritage Trust, Black Educators Association, Black History Month Association, Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association, and Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association, the Halifax Regional Municipality’s African Nova Scotian Integration Office, and the Guysborough, Antigonish Strait African Regional Network.

For More Information, Contact:  Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia 902-434-6223 or email: contact@bccns.com

 

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Resource List
Find activities, speeches, audio and video of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
His great work during the Civil Rights Movement.
On his birthday January 15th take the time to celebrate his legacy
Continue to tell his righteous but tragic life story.

Complied by: The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia.  Please find these web sources helpful, they are to be used in conjunction with your Martin Luther King Jr. Day curriculum.

Please note that these are outside resources and not the work of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, as such, please review the links and information as we are not responsible for the content developed by others. Thank you

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Teaches many lessons.
The life of American hero Martin Luther King Jr. Offers many teaching opportunities.  Education World presents cross-curricular and cross-grade lessons teachers can use.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson248.shtml

Join Education World to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tons of lesson ideas and activities for your classroom!
http://www.educationworld.com/holidays/archives/mlking.shtml

NEA- National Education Association gives teachers wonderful and interactive lesson plans.
Broken down into three categories K-5, 6-8 and grades 9-12.
http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/mlk-day.html

Biography as well as a great selection of videos.
http://www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-king-jr-9365086#related-video-gallery

National Geographic Kids
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/history/martin-luther-king-jr/

Martin Luther King Jr. Famous “I have a Dream’ speech via video footage.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UV1fs8lAbg

This site has direct links to audio of Dr. King’s most famous speeches.
http://www.infoplease.com/spot/mlkspeeches.html

 

 

 

bccns-chrstmas-concert-2016

Join us Saturday, the 10th of December 6:30pm

Get into the festive spirit at our annual Christmas Celebration.

This year we will feature music from renowned
Canadian Artist John Gracie, local artist
Shawn Downey and United for Christ,
Harp player Saeed Foroughi and the Saint Matthew’s
United Church Handbell Choir. The evening will also
feature a special presentation on Kwanzaa by Wayn Hamilton.

Join us for live music, performed in a cabaret style with
refreshments and a light buffet. A fun filled
relaxing family evening.

Admission is $ 25.00 per person.
Tickets on sale now. Call – 902-434-6223 or visit www.bccns.com

Funds raised will be used to support the ongoing programs and
services of the Black Cultural Centre

Buy Ticket – Online


The Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia

Proudly Presents 

22nd ANNUAL REV. DR. WILLIAM P. OLIVER NIGHT OF HONOUR

The 22nd annual Rev. Dr. W.P. Oliver-Night of Honour will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. at the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, 10 Cherry Brook Road, Cherry Brook, Nova Scotia.

The following list of individuals are 2016 Award Recipients:

• Mr. Louis Gannon Sr. – Halifax (Posthumous)
• Ms. Olive Jackson (Clyke) – Halifax (Posthumous)
• Ms. Melinda Daye – Halifax
• Ms. Mary Desmond – Upper Big Tracadie
• Mr. Wendell Skeir – Halifax

Keynote speaker: Dr. Barb Hamilton-Hinch, PhD

Admission for this event is free. However, a monetary donation is requested.

The Rev. Dr. W.P. Oliver Night of Honour is hosted annually by the Black Cultural Society of Nova Scotia at the Black Cultural Centre in commemoration of founding member Rev. Dr. W.P. Oliver, who exemplified dedicated and outstanding community leadership. In recognition of his legacy members of the Society are invited to nominate person (s) for consideration of this annual award. Since its inception the Wall of Honour has inducted over 130 deserving inductees.

For further information, contact: The Black Cultural Centre
Tel: (902) 434-6223 or Toll Free 1-800-465-0767
website: www.bccns.com

 

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