Premier Christy Clark has issued the following statement in celebration of Black History Month:
“In 1858, in response to a call for colonists from then-Governor Sir James Douglas, hundreds of black pioneers from California came to B.C. in search of a better life. Most settled in or near Victoria, while others travelled on, seeking their fortunes during the gold rush.
“Those pioneers saw British Columbia as a beacon of hope – a place to live, work, and raise their families free from prejudice. That is still true today.
“Black History Month is an opportunity to recognize the community’s many important achievements and contributions to our communities. I encourage British Columbians to participate in the many Black History Month celebrations around the province – and enjoy.
“On behalf of all British Columbians, my best wishes to everyone celebrating Black History Month.”