The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) is celebrating Black History Month as part of the commitment to celebrate Black excellence, address injustices faced and amplify the voices and narratives across the Black community.

The theme for this year’s Black History Month in Canada is “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day.”

The series of events this month has been established in collaboration with members of the departments of faculty affairs, family medicine, medicine, pediatrics, and health research methods, evidence, and impact as well as the schools of nursing and rehabilitation science.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this listing of FHS events and registration please reach out to Nirosha Balakumar, who is the equality, diversion and inclusion and anti-racism partner with the Department of Family Medicine, at

Fireside Chat with Dr. Lawrence Hill

Lawrence Hill

February 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Join Dr. Lawrence Hill, internationally renowned author, as he discusses race, identity and belonging in the context of his writing. Hill is the internationally bestselling author of eleven fiction and non-fiction books, including The Book of Negros (made into a six-part TV mini-series) and The Illegal. Both books won CBC Canada Reads. Opening remarks by Susan Tighe, McMaster’s provost and vice-president (academic).

Registration is required, and information is found here.

iRISE Conference 2022: Reaching New Heights

February 19 at 9 a.m.

Hosted by the Black Aspiring Physicians of McMaster, this event will feature keynote speakers Sean Wharton and Malone Mukwende.

Register here.

Looking Back and Moving Forward, A Discussion on Black Health

February 22 at 7 p.m.

Hosted by the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre (HARRC), people are invited to join an online discussion on the experiences and history of Black health care in Canada, the current landscape and what the future looks like.

More information may be found here.

Emerging Psychosis, Cannabis Use, and Young People of Black African and Caribbean Descent: Knowledge Translation

February 23 at 9 a.m.


Hosted by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, this event will feature expert Suzanne Archie, associate professor of the department.

Join the meeting here.

Experiences, Challenges & Opportunities: The Journeys of Black Healthcare Professionals

February 28 at 5:30 p.m.

Hosted jointly by the Black BHSc Association and the Department of Family Medicine, you are invited to join a virtual panel discussion to explore equitable admission programs at the FHS.

Register here.

Information about other events at McMaster University in celebration of Black History Month may be found here.

The following resources for more events celebrating Black excellence are available:

·      Celebrating Black History Month: McMaster University campus-wide events.

·      Follow @BHMatMAC #BHMMAC2022 for full details and events.

·      Follow @FHS_FacAffairs for event details and registration.

·      Paediatric Grand Rounds z60.5 – February 9 at 9:00 a.m. Featuring Dr. Kassia Johnson, Developmental Pediatrician, McMaster University.

·      When You are Black History – participants are invited to submit photo and short essay on blazing trails that contribute to strengthening the Black community.

·      McMaster Museum of Art – Finding You Way Back: Grounding Through Creativity.

·      Black History Month and What’s Happening at HHS – BHM Calendar of Learning - Events Hamilton Health Sciences.

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