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OPPI celebrates Black History Month

February 1 marks the first day of Black History Month, a month to honour, recognize and celebrate the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present. At OPPI, we are committed to elevating the voices of Black planning professionals and the diverse communities they serve throughout the month of February - and beyond.

While we continue the work to implement the recommendations of OPPI’s Anti-Black Racism in Planning Task Force (ABRP TF), during the next several weeks OPPI will be highlighting events and resources that both celebrate and educate on Black history, culture, and trailblazers in Canada.

We commit to sharing new events and resources weekly, including a range of speakers and topics. We also commit to highlighting the positive impact that Black planners and Black communities have had in our profession. Keep an eye out for these resources and events in our bi-weekly newsletter, The Planner, and our weekly Events Bulletin.

Beyond February, we encourage our members to continue to find ways to learn about Canada's Black history and its intersection with the planning profession. We believe that having Black voices at the table is fundamental to advancing the planning profession and altering dominant planning and decision-making processes and practices.