Black history month


The Cold Lake Defence Visible Minority Advisory Group (DVMAG), in partnership with the Cold Lake Public Library, is screening the very popular CBC TV Series, “the Book of Negroes”. The series is based on a novel of the same title by Canadian writer, Lawrence Hill.

Here is brief synopsis of the series: “Abducted from her village in West Africa, eleven-year-old Aminata Diallo is forced into a slave coffle and must endure a horrific ocean crossing. She is brought
to a South Carolina plantation where she makes herself useful by using midwifery skills learned at her mother’s side, all the while keeping the attentions of her jealous slave master, Robinson Appleby, at bay. Soon after Aminata reencounters Chekura, a fellow slave from West Africa, they are married in a clandestine ceremony. When their first baby is brutally abducted and sold by Appleby she vows to return one day to her homeland.”

The TV series comprises of six episodes. The screening will take place over three evenings, featuring two episodes each. It will highlight Black community members of African and Caribbean origin from the local community on all days of the event. The Cold Lake Public Library will be holding a raffle for the DVD of the TV series on the last day of the event, February 26. Raffle entries will be collected on all three days of the event. Refreshments have been generously provided by the Canex.

The details for the event are below:
February 12: Episodes 1 and 2
February 19: Episodes 3 and 4
February 26: Episodes 5 and 6
Start time: 7pm
Location: 4Wing Theatre
Admission: FREE

Please note that the TV series is rated 14A. It is not suitable for all viewers.

The mission for the Cold Lake DVMAG is to advise the Cold Lake Defence Advisory Group and the National DVMAG Co-chairs on issues specific to the Cold Lake visible minority members. Cold Lake DVMAG assists leaders at all levels by communicating employment equity and related matters, and by helping to identify and recommend ways to eliminate systemic barriers. Members of the Cold Lake DVMAG are actively involved in the community organizing and volunteering for events promoting diversity and multiculturalism. “If you are interested in joining or learning more about DVMAG, please reach out to us. We will be happy to chat with you!”

DVMAG Civ Co-chair: Mr. Kunal Jadav, Local 8055

DVMAG Mil Co-chair: Capt Dalwinder Kalay, Local 6690