College of the Rockies Faculty Association Presents:

BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021 – Celebrating Black Excellence


The College of the Rockies Faculty Association (CORFA) is honoured to present a series of online events celebrating Black History Month for 2021.  We have waited far too long to celebrate Black Excellence, with this only being our inaugural celebration of Black History Month.

We invite all members of the College of the Rockies Community to partake in these online events over February, 2021.  All events have been coordinated, and will be facilitated by College of the Rockies Student Alumni Michelle Chan and Sophie Ing’aa.

Black History Month is observed across Canada every February, providing an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of peoples of African ancestry across Canada and beyond.  A fundamental value of CORFA is solidarity and we stand with all BIPoC peoples, working towards transforming our work and learning environments into safe, thriving spaces for all.


Schedule of Events for Black History Month 2021

All events will be hosted online via Zoom at this same Zoom link here.  Please contact us via email at with any questions. Please arrive at least 5 minutes in advance so that we may start each event on time.

  • Questions?  All questions can be emailed directly to  Internal College of the Rockies employees or students may also message any questions on this event to faculty members, Becky Pelkonen and/or Andrea Hyde via Microsoft Teams.
  • Social Media!  You may also follow our CORFA Black History Month Facebook page and Instagram page for additional resources, inspiration and updates.


Thursday, February 4, 2021 @5:30 PM – GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER ANNIE DJIOTSA on “True Black Strong and Free – Becoming Black in Canada”
  • Including introduction to BHM Coordinators Michelle Chan and Sophie Ing’aa
  • Welcome messages
  • Ktunaxa opening – Smokii Sumac, Ktunaxa Nation
  • Opportunity for Q&A/Discussion
  • Expectation setting – Open for attendees to set intentions and hosts to present the month’s events and activities.



Join us as we work together to complete a Black History Month Online Trivia event followed up for a collective online viewing of “The Middle Passage,” an educational video on the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  PRIZES and GIVEAWAYS available!  CUPE President, Kristy Brons will also join us today.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 6:00 PM – AFRICA + BLACK CANADA/USA “Did-you-knows?!” / COLLECTIVE VIEWING OF “Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o”

Join us for another informative, fun and inspirational evening becoming aware of Black “Did-you-knows.”  We will also gather to collectively view “Warrior Women with Lupita Nyong’o,” based on the Dora Milaje of Marvel’s Black Panther Movie.


Monday, February 15, 2021 @ 2:00 PM – UNCONSCIOUS BIAS DISCUSSION

We will open with an Unconscious Biases on Race and Ethnicity exercise, following by a round table discussion on our personal and societal unconscious biases.  College President, Paul Vogt will also join to discussion today, thanks Paul!


Thursday, February 18, 2021 @ 5:30 PM – AFRICAN HISTORY (Samuel L. Jackson video) + STUDENT PANEL ON “What does being BIPoC mean to you?”

Let’s gather to learn about African History with Mr. Samuel L. Jackon via video.  We will follow this up with a College of the Rockies Student and Alumni panel on “What does being BIPoC mean to you?



We will close our Black History Month events with an important conversation on reconciliation with Margaret Teneese, Ktunaxa Nation Citizen and residential school survivor.  There will time for discussion and a moment for reflection and remembrance.


The Zoom link for all events can be found here.


Supporters of Black History Month for 2021

We are pleased to announce that the College of the Rockies and CUPE Local 2773 are supportive of this inaugural Black History Month event.  With immense gratitude for your support and engagement in this important series for 2021!


Black History Month Resources

An initial compilation of resources have been developed for Black History Month.  As we work through all of the events this month, we can gather further resources from participants as we go.  We look forward to this list of resources being available for the College Community as a legacy for learning and engagement throughout the year.