The theme for Black History Month 2022, “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day,” encourages us all to incorporate Black history into our learning and work on a daily basis. Below, you can find CIP’s statement, reflecting on what this means for planning professionals, and a list of resources that can help you learn more about both the history of discriminatory policies in planning and the ways that planning can help to create more inclusive communities.

CIP’s Statement on 2022 Black History Month:

“Black History Month is an important opportunity for celebration and focused attention on Black planners and allies who are doing work daily to build thriving, cohesive neighbourhoods, and to remove social and racial barriers in their communities and within the planning profession. This year’s theme “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History today and every day” is also a reminder that planners need to understand and consider the history of the profession, including its role in the demolition of Black communities and neighbourhoods such as Africville and Hogan’s Alley. Many of these discriminatory land use controls remain to this day, and we must fully and openly reflect on our past in order to ‘learn forward’ and build more socially inclusive communities for all.”

Dan Huang RPP, MCIP

President, Canadian Institute of Planners


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