Black History Month poster

Black History Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about the many contributions that Black Canadians and their communities have made to this country. This year’s theme for Black History Month is “The Future is Now”, a call to action for us all to build on the legacy of those who came before us, and to recognize the transformative work that Black Canadians and their communities are doing now.

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Black History Month 2021 poster

The primary text version of the poster is presented following the alternate PDF version.

Black History Month 2021 poster

Download the 2021 Black History Month poster [PDF - 11 MB]

Black History Month 2021 poster – text version

English poster with a yellow, orange and brown maple leaf with symbols from West Africa

English text:

Black History Month 2021.

The Future is Now.

Canada.ca/black-history-month

#BHM2021

Colourable Black History Month 2021 poster

The primary text version of the printable and colourable is presented following the alternate PDF version.

Black History Month free printable and colourable Black History Month poster

Download your free printable and colourable Black History Month poster [PDF - 1.12 MB]

Colourable Black History Month 2021 poster – text version

English poster in black and white with an outline of a maple leaf and with symbols from West Africa.

English text:

Black History Month 2021.

The Future is Now.

Canada.ca/black-history-month

#BHM2021

Adinkra symbols and meanings

This year’s Black History Month poster includes Adinkra visual symbols originating in West Africa, that represent concepts which can vary in meaning. These symbols can also can be used to communicate a unique expression of African heritage. Below are the literal and symbolic meanings of each symbol found in the poster:

Literal meaning: Measuring stick
Symbolic meaning: Excellence, superior quality
Literal meaning: Seed of the wawa tree
Symbolic meaning: Skilfulness
Literal meaning: 5 tufts of hair
Symbolic meaning: Skilfulness, priestly office, loyalty, adroitness
Literal meaning: Linked hearts
Symbolic meaning: Understanding, agreement, unity
Literal meaning: When you climb a good tree
Symbolic meaning: Support, cooperation, encouragement
Literal meaning: The builder
Symbolic meaning: Creativity
Literal meaning: Zigzag, twisting
Symbolic meaning: Initiative, toughness, adaptability, resoluteness
Literal meaning: Wisdom knot
Symbolic meaning: Wisdom, ingenuity, intelligence, patience
Symbol of the Government of Canada
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