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'So much rich Black history right in our own backyard'

Events in Orillia and other municipalities will provide overview of Black history from local Canadian perspective
Over 30 community members recenlty attended the first equity, diversity, and inclusion round table at the Orillia Public Library, which will host Mosaic of Black Culture - A Family Event on Feb. 18.

During Black History Month, several communities across Simcoe County will welcome the Mosaic of Black Culture - A Family Event. Created by Making Change, this interactive event features live steel pan music, a make your own steel pan craft, and an overview of Black history from a local Canadian perspective.

Admission is free and registrations are available for event dates in Innisfil, Angus, Orillia, Bradford, Barrie and Wasaga Beach.

“With so much rich Black history right in our own backyard, our interactive event will get the whole family engaged,” says Michèle Newton, co-founder and chair of Making Change.

Attendees will hear traditional Caribbean music provided by award-winning steel pan performer, Pan Fyah. Youth can try the steel pan themselves and also create their own drum to take home in this fun-filled family event. The event will also share an engaging overview of Black history presented by Making Change speaker Debbie Opoku-Mulder.

“Making Change’s mission is to spark conversations around diversity and inclusion. Through our Mosaic of Black Culture event we want to create opportunities to build allyship. As we learn about Black history together we can move forward in community togetherness,” added Newton.

These events are possible because of sponsorship support from: Alectra Utilities, Wasaga Beach Public Library, Orillia Public Library, City of Orillia, Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, MacLaren Art Centre and the City of Barrie.


Pre-registration is required for each event. Visit their website at for pre-registration links by location as they are made available. Spaces are limited so early registration is encouraged.



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