CDO Recognizes Black History Month

Posted: February 20, 2023

Publié le 20 February 2023

Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month events and festivities that honour the legacy of Black people in Canada and their communities. CDO recognizes the contributions that Black Canadians have made to the profession of dietetics.

February is Black History Month in Canada. This month also marks an opportunity to honour Black experience and the contributions of Black Canadians in the shaping and development of Canada. The College of Dietitians of Ontario recognizes the contributions that Black Canadians and their communities have made to the profession of dietetics and beyond.

The College’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDI-B) includes actionable work and ongoing learning. While the importance of acknowledging the achievements of Black Canadians is amplified in February, the College is committed to encouraging anti-oppressive practices throughout the year in keeping with the values of Black History Month.

The College celebrates the growing number of Black dietitians entering the profession. These voices amplify the need for lasting change in the profession and equitable care. As a regulator of health-care professionals, we recognize our role in protecting the public and improving Black lives and ensuring that all people have fair access to dietetic care that is free from bias and discrimination.

What you can do during Black History Month and beyond
  • Listen and learn from Black voices/educators.
  • Participate in community activism.
  • Read books on anti-Black racism.
  • Support Black-owned businesses.

Black history in Canada: a video timeline from the Canadian Encyclopedia
Black history month. Government of Canada.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and Belonging (EDI-B). College of Dietitians of Ontario.
EDI-B Updates and Resources. College of Dietitians of Ontario.