“Today, we recognize and celebrate the many ways people of African, African American and Caribbean descent have contributed to life in Alberta.
“Black settlers arrived on the Prairies decades before Alberta became a province. They quickly became an important yet often-forgotten part of our collective story, which is still unfolding today.
“Black History Month recognizes the resilience, determination and vision of those first settlers and the many who followed them. Some have hoped to find freedom from persecution. Others have faced new obstacles here. But all have sought new opportunities, the joy of community and a better future for their children.
“Each February, Albertans of every heritage have an opportunity to honestly acknowledge these experiences. As we face that past together, we seek a better understanding of what it means to be Albertan today.
“I invite all Albertans to learn how to be better neighbours and build even stronger, more resilient communities.”