The N word


A video made by the members of the UVIC African Caribbean Student’s Association and the UVSS Students of Colour asking UVIC students about the N word. This video was presented at a panel discussion and panelists talked about the same questions raised in the video.

Press Release: Victoria Black History Month Recognition Awards

                                                                                               For Immediate Release: 02/19/2014


Victoria African and Caribbean Cultural Society

10-2320 Quadra Street



First Annual Victoria Black History Month Recognition Awards

Celebrating the achievements of blacks in Victoria

 Victoria, BC: On Friday, February 28 2014, the Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society (VACCS) in collaboration with the University of Victoria Students of Colour Collective (SOCC) and African & Caribbean Students Association (ACSA) will be presenting the first annual Black History Month Recognition Awards. The award is designed to honor distinguished residents of Victoria and surrounding cities who have made significant contributions to the social, political, religious, intellectual, and economic development of blacks in Victoria. This year’s winners are Moussa Magassa, Ron Nicholson, Valin Marshall, Mohamed Duranteau, and Dane Roberts.

Moussa Magassa is the Human Rights Education Advisor at the University of Victoria, who has dedicated his career to creating environments built around mutual respect and inclusivity. Ron Nicholson and Valin Marshall are members of the BC Black History Awareness Society who work hard to bring the history of blacks in Canada to the fore. Mohammed Duranteau is the founder of local West African drum and dance school and performance group, Wontanara Drum & Dance. Dane Roberts is the founder of the Victoria Ska Fest, now in its 14th year.

The award ceremony takes place on Friday, February 28th at 5:00pm in Vertigo Lounge at the University of Victoria Student Union Building. The dress code is black tie. Entry is by donation and open to people of all ages. For more information, contact Boma Brown at 250-858-6576 or email

About VACCS: VACCS organized the first annual AfriCa Fest in Centennial Square in May 2013 which drew about 3000 spectators. Founded in 2012, the mandate of the society is to provide an avenue for positive social interaction and the opportunity to share rich African & Afro-Caribbean culture. One of the ways we achieve this is by engaging the whole community as we incorporate crucial parts of our identity in our various events. We do this in simple ways such as food, music, clothing, language.

SOCC Newsletter (February 16 onwards)

Newsletter highlights:

1. SOCC Events
(a) PULSE Zine call-out (b) Black History Month closing reception and awards 2. External events (a) Shark Truth (b) Black History Month Panel Discussion 3. Request for Research Participants: Intergenerational Dynamics and Histories of Japanese Internment in World War 2 4. Meetings (a) Collective meeting (b) PULSE committee Details: 1. SOCC Events (a) PULSE Zine call-out CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for PULSE, an anti-racist zine published by the Students of Colour Collective at UVic. SOCC is seeking submissions in any medium including, but not limited to, artwork, poetry, prose, audio/video, etc. from self-identified Indigenous persons and people of colour (IPOC). The theme of the upcoming issues of PULSE is roots, soups, & stories. We each have distinctive roots and unique stories- SOCC invites you to share what feeds your soul, what provides you warmth, and to express a piece of your personal narrative. Whether its about putting down new roots, or nourishing old ones, we hope this zine will hold the creative expressions of many identities and experiences. We’d also love to receive stories and/or recipes about foods that hold special meaning for you. Please send in your work by February 24th, 2014 > by email to > or drop off at the SOCC office in the Student Union Building SUB B020 >or mail to: UVic Students’ Society-SOCC University of Victoria PO Box 3035 STN CSC Victoria BC V8W 3P3 Lekwungen and WSANEC Territories (b) Black History Month Closing Reception and Recognition Awards The Victoria African & Caribbean Cultural Society, the UVic African & Caribbean Students Association and the Students of Colour Collective are hosting a closing reception celebrating Black History Month. We will also be launching the first annual Black History Month Recognition Awards. The event takes place on Friday, Feb 28th in Vertigo (UVic Student Union Building). 2. External events (a) Shark Truth Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7 pm: "Shark Truth: Bridging the Worlds of Environmentalism and Culture" a presentation by Claudia Li of the Hua Foundation for the Fourth Annual Neil Burton Commemorative Lecture. Claudia Li, founder of Shark Truth (the initiative that began as a campaign to ban shark fin soup) and co-founder of the Hua Foundation, will share an intimate story of the success and ethnic challenges of bringing an environmental and conservation lens to her community and a lens of culture to environmental and conservation movements. (b) Black History Month Panel Discussion The UVic African & Caribbean Students' Association is hosting a panel discussion titled "The N word: a panel discussion about racism and popular culture" Date: Thursday, Feb 27 Venue: SUB Upper Lounge Time: 5:30pm 3. Request for Research Participants: Intergenerational Dynamics and Histories of Japanese Internment in World War 2 Hello, My name is Katrina Fukuda. I am an undergraduate student in Women's Studies at the University of Victoria. I am conducting a research project, entitled "Intergenerational Dynamics and Histories of Japanese Internment in World War 2." The purpose of this research project is to explore how different generations of Japanese Canadians navigate, conceive of and understand the legacy of Japanese internment during WW II and the silences that may surrounding it. Dr. Annalee Lepp in the Department of Women's Studies is supervising my project and you may contact her regarding the research at 250-721-6157 or at You are being invited to participate in this study because you or someone in your family experienced internment during World War II. If you agree to voluntary participate in this research, your participation would include a one-time, audio taped individual interview of about one hour on a date, at a time, and at a location convenient for you. It should be emphasized that you should not feel any obligation or pressure to participate due to any prior relationship with me. If you are interested in participating, please contact me by telephone at (250) 858-6394 or by e-mail at Many thanks for considering this invitation and I look forward to hearing from you! Sincerely, Katrina Fukuda 4. Meetings Both meetings are open to all self-identified Indigenous and/or People of Colour. (a) Collective meetings February 17, 5pm, SUB B020. (b) PULSE committee Every Thursday at 6pm, SUB B020. Hope you've had a great weekend! Boma. Boma Brown Students of Colour Collective Coordinator tel:250-472-4697 email:


#BHM Mighty Jerome!

With the recent world media focus on the Winter Olympics it is fitting that this week we feature the Mighty Jerome, otherwise known as Henry “Harry” Winston Jerome. An inspirational man, an olympian, and a world record breaker in the sport of running.

Running came naturally to Harry as his grandfather, John Howard , was also an olympic track and field runner who represented the colony of Canada in the 1912 Summer Olympics. Harry’s sister, Valerie Jerome, was also a track star and represented the colony of Canada in the 1960 Summer Olympics.

Harry began running in high school in Vancouver(xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories). After quickly rising to the top in running Harry went on to break numerous world records in sprint running. In the 1960 Olympics Harry pulled a muscle and could not compete. In 1962, with the world watching and expecting Harry to break records, he was severely injured. He had ruptured his left quadricep and doctors said he would never run again. Harry Jerome, however, knew he would not let this injury prevent his dream of running again. Harry Jerome returned to competitive running in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo against all odds, and returned to the colony of Canada with a bronze medal in the 100 metre sprint.

He is an inspiration among athletes. Even after an injury that would end most running careers, not only did Harry come back, but in 1966 he broke his own world record in the 100 metre dash(a record he shared with Bob Hayes, an American runner). This record was not defeated until 1974. He went on afterwards to continue in competition until his retirement from professional running in 1968. Through the 1970’s and up until his sudden death from a brain aneurysm in 1982 he coached children and traveled the country lecturing and giving running clinics. Harry was also known for promoting sport among youth, in particular among black youth in Canada. His efforts in youth work earned him the “Order of Canada.”

There is a statue dedicated to Henry “Harry” Winston Jerome in Vancouver’s Stanley park on the territories of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples, commemorating this amazing athlete and appreciation for the work he did in the black community and beyond.

If you would like to learn more about the Mighty Jerome see the following links.

Harry Jerome Wikipedia

B.C. Black History Learning Centre

The Mighty Jerome Documentary

– Daphne Shaed

BHM: Rosemary Brown

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Rosemary Brown came to Canada in 1951 at the age of 21 years old. She attended the University of McGill in Montreal. In 1956, Ms. Brown helped in the founding of the British Columbia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (BCAACP). In 1973, she received a United Nation’s Human Rights Fellowship. She is a founding member of the Vancouver Status of Women Council and was its first Ombudswoman.
In 1975, she became the first black woman to run for the leadership of a Canadian federal party. She was the second women to run after Mary Walker-Sawka. She was an NDP Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1972-1986.

For more information visit: Black History in British Columbia

– Daphne Shaed