Chatham-Kent's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Strategy

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

This Website shares information about the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Strategy.

DEIJ Calendar

Click on the image below to view an electronic calendar of important days in July 2024. Click on the text to open a link to learn more.

If you are printing the calendar, please use Legal size paper.

Use this calendar to learn about days that are important to communities in Chatham-Kent.

Outside of the days listed on the calendar, people may have regular prayer or reflection practices. People may fast in various ways and engage in more intense reflection or prayer to commemorate days or periods of time.

Information about community events honouring upcoming days of significance can be found in the DEIJ News section of this website.

Please contact us if there are errors or days missing.



Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent

This Website shares information about the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Strategy.

DEIJ Calendar

Click on the image below to view an electronic calendar of important days in July 2024. Click on the text to open a link to learn more.

If you are printing the calendar, please use Legal size paper.

Use this calendar to learn about days that are important to communities in Chatham-Kent.

Outside of the days listed on the calendar, people may have regular prayer or reflection practices. People may fast in various ways and engage in more intense reflection or prayer to commemorate days or periods of time.

Information about community events honouring upcoming days of significance can be found in the DEIJ News section of this website.

Please contact us if there are errors or days missing.



  • Event: March 24 - MapMission Day 2024

    On March 24, 2024, communities across Canada will come together for a common goal: to make our neighbourhoods more accessible and inclusive.

    With the power of the AccessNow app, you can be a part of this movement. Join us in mapping the accessibility of places in your city, and let’s transform Canada into an inclusive place for all.

    The Chatham-Kent event is hosted by the Accessibility Advisory Commitee of Council for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.


    Learn more about Map Mission Day 2024 from AccessNow.

    Learn more about the Accessibility Advisory Committee of Council on the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's website.

    For more information contact Councillor Alysson Store Alysson.Storey@chatham-kent.ca or 519.350-5689.

  • Book Club: April 9th GINDAASDAA Reading Circle


    The Gindaasdaa Circle is a book club focusing on Indigenous authors who’ve written about Indigenous Knowledge, Reconciliation and Worldviews. One book is chosen for everyone to read, review and to discuss at the bi-monthly Gindaasdaa Circle meetings.

    GINDAASDAA (Ghin-daahs-daah) Means ‘Looking at something together & learning from it’ in the Ojibwe language. (As we didn’t have books)

    This time, the book is A Pipe for Ceremony by Charles H. Red Corn. This book is an Indigenous telling of the experience of the Osage Nation, which has been in the media because of the recent movie Killers of the Flower Moon.

    Attend in-person or online.

    Contact Naomi naomi@skanaflc.com to RSVP

    This circle is open to anyone.

  • Support Colleagues & Customers Honouring Ramadan



    Ramadan begins next week, and people in Chatham-Kent and all over the world who are Muslim renew their spiritual commitment. For about 30 days, Ramadan will be honoured in many ways, including fasting, acts of charity, reflections, and prayer.

    This video, a partnership between the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the Chatham Islamic Centre, covers ways that your business or organization can support colleagues or customers that are honouring Ramadan.

    Note: Eid ul-Fitr, a significant holiday marking the end of Ramadan, is expected to happen on or about April 9th. Please be considerate of this important date for Muslim communities who may take time off or gather in honour of the holiday.


    To share this video, copy and paste the link to this page or share the video from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent's Facebook page.


    Learn more:
    Learn more about Ramadan through the Chatham Islamic Centre at www.thecic.ca
    Learn more about ways the Municipality can support your business at www.InvestCK.ca
    Learn more about the many faith communities in Chatham-Kent at www.LivingCK.ca
    Learn more about significant holidays through the Municipal Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice team at www.letstalkchatham-kent.ca/deij


    Ramadan Mubarak!


  • New Resource: The Cost of Eating in CK 2023 Infographic


    March is Nutrition Month and we can't talk about that without also talking about Food Insecurity.

    1 in 5 households in Chatham-Kent do not have enough money to buy food. That's 20% of the community who must decide between paying their bills or buying food.

    The 2023 Cost of Eating Infographic shows the monthly cost of eating in CK and the numbers show that current social assistance programs are not enough.

    View the entire infographic at: www.ckpublichealth.com/foodinsecurity

  • Event: March 8 & 9 - I Am Woman

    Armoury Special Events, Zonta Club of Chatham-Kent, and She Leads are partnering to offer events in honour of International Women's Day on March 8th.


    For more information and to learn about how to support the events whatever your gender, visit the She Leads website.


    Friday, March 8th, 4:30 PM

    "I Am Woman" March

    Meet at the clock downtown (at King & 5th St.). Walk to Sweet C's to enjoy a treat, cross at 3rd St. and return to the Cenotaph. Cross the bridge to the Chatham Armoury.

    Open to anyone (Women and their supporters), no cost.

    Bring a friend. Wear purple. Make some noise. Shake pom poms.

    A celebration of all Women.



    Friday, March 8th, 5:00 PM

    "I Am Woman" Celebration

    Chatham Armoury

    Open to anyone who identifies as a Woman.

    Enteractive booths/vendors. Taste by Tiff will be providing food options for sale. Cash bar with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

    6pm: Welcome & inspirational message. Dance class led by Lisa Lester.

    Party, Lip Sync Battle and networking to follow!

    Wear comfortable clothing and footwear that allows you to move & dance

    $5 minimum donation at the door. Proceeds benefit Chatham-Kent Women's Centre.


    Saturday, March 9th, 10:00AM - 2:00PM

    She Leads Vendor Expo

    Chatham Armoury

    Open to anyone who identifies as a Woman.

    Support women-led businesses, local charities and organizations.

    Taste by Tiff will have nutritional food options & drinks for sale

    $5 minimum donation at the door. Proceeds benefit Chatham-Kent Women's Centre.

    Most vendors accept debit, cash and/or e-transfer.

  • Event: March 5th Cultural ConneCKt

    Flyer promoting the Cultural Connect event. All text is below. Image shows people of various skin tones, genders, and ages sitting at a table talking with papers, plates, and cups of water infront of them. The logos of the Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership and Chatham-Kent Community Attraction & Promotion team are at the bottom of the flyer.


    The Chatham-Kent Local Immigration Partnership and Municipality of Chatham-Kent Community Attraction & Promotion team invite leaders and members of local cultural community groups to meet, network, and explore possible connections.

    Tuesday, March 5, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

    Chatham Granite Club, 41 William Street North, Chatham.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Registration required.

    Contact cklip@chatham-kent.ca to register or for more information.


    Note: This event is intended specifically for leaders and members of local cultural community groups, and is not an education session open to the public.

  • Event: Alhan Bazaar March 1 and 2

    Flyer advertising the event. Text is below. Images of lanterns, someone looking at clothes, henna on hands, and desserts.


    As Muslim communities prepare for Ramadan, the Ahlan Bazaar is happening at The Chatham Islamic Centre, 310 McNaughton Ave West, from 2:00PM - 6:00PM on March 1st and 2nd.


    Free entry, cash only for payments.

    Find jewelry, halal foods, desserts, clothing, eyebrow threading, and henna.


    Everyone welcome.


    If you have question, please contact Maha Muhareb 519.359.4024 or mamuhareb@hotmail.com.

  • Test Your Local Black History Knowledge and Enter to Win


    How well do you know local history?

    Test your knowledge about Black History in Chatham-Kent and enter to win tickets to a screening of The Color Purple on February 28th!

    Take the quiz here: https://take.quiz-maker.com/QEKTHXGBV

    Thanks to our friends at Buxton Museum, Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum, Ontario Heritage Trust (Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History), Buxton's Next Generation, Chatham Capitol Theatre for this partnership!

  • Events for White Cane Week (Feb 4-10)

    White Cane Week logo. A white cane appears between the words white cane and week.

    The Chatham-Kent Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind is holding events in honour of White Cane Week.

    The group will have events at the Downtown Chatham Centre on February 5th from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 to 3:00 P.M. and on February 10th starting at 1:00 P.M. During these times they will have an obstacle course set up to help people experience what it might be like to navigate spaces with visual loss.

    They will also be out on February 7th to raise awareness starting at Walmart at 10:00 A.M., PetSmart at 11:30 A.M., and Superstore at 1:00 P.M.

    The goal of the events is to raise awareness about vision loss, demonstrate the abilities of people with vision loss, and let people know that support is available for people.


    CCB-CK is an official chapter of the CANADIAN COUNCIL OF THE BLIND (www.ccbnational.net). Based in Chatham-Kent Ontario, Canada, it is a group of blind and visually impaired persons, who look to gather in a POSITIVE, SAFE, WELCOMING, JUDGEMENT FREE, FORWARD THINKING environment, in order to enhance each and every participants life. How do we do this you may ask? Simple, by looking at each individual as a PERSON first and foremost, before we label their visual impairment, allows us to see the possibilities i n life through the perspective of everyday public figures. By focusing on positive, practive knowledge sharing, judgment free sharing spaces and a general "Can Do" attitude, the CCB-CK group looks to eliminate the stigma and accompanying social, mental burdons that go along with being a blind or visually impaired person. The group comes together to share ideas around accessible sports and recreation (the Trust Your Buddy Program), accessible technology (Getting together with Technology) as we as removing common barriers, social stigmas, and perceptions that blind people "can't" do things. CCB-CK is a group of positive, intelligent, talented, kind persons, who just happen to not see the world (literally) as well as others. Beyond that, anything is truly possible. Our Mission Statement Providing support, information and social activities for all our members CCB Chatham Kent CCB.ckchapter@gmail.com

  • Black History Month 2024 in Chatham-Kent

    Dignitaries hold the Black History Month flag at the 2023 Black History Month flag raising.

    February is Black History Month, a month dedicated to honouring and celebrating the accomplishments of Canadians of African descent.

    This month and all year long, we encourage you to learn about Black communities and community members who have helped shape what Chatham-Kent is today.

    See below for some of the events taking place across Chatham-Kent throughout the month. Feel free to share with colleagues and community.

    We would like to thank the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum, Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History, and our colleagues across the Municipality of Chatham-Kent for their partnerships and continued work to preserve and share our local and national history.


    Why do we Honour Black History Month?

    Black History has largely been excluded from mainstream recounting of Canadian history. That means the contributions of Black community members have often been excluded, even though they are important parts of our shared history. For example, many people don't know that soldiers of African descent made sacrifices in wartimes and actually had to advocate to be able to fight for their Country. Or, that African people were enslaved in Canada, in addition to the United States of America. Because of this exclusion of Black stories and contributions, having a dedicated month helps ensure that these stories are told. And, it helps to highlight the continued struggles for liberation, equity, and justice.


    How was Black History Month Established?

    In Canada, Black History Month was first proclaimed in 1978 by the City of Toronto as a result of advocacy by the Ontario Black History Society (OBHS), including Dr. Daniel G. Hill and Wilson O. Brooks.

    In 1993, the OBHS successfully filed a petition in Ontario to proclaim February as Black History Month. Following that success, Rosemary Sadlier, president of the OBHS, introduced the idea of having Black History Month recognized across Canada to the Honourable Jean Augustine, the first Black Canadian woman elected to Parliament.

    In December 1995, the House of Commons officially recognized February as Black History Month in Canada following a motion introduced by Dr. Augustine. The House of Commons carried the motion unanimously.

    In February 2008, Senator Donald Oliver, the first Black man appointed to the Senate, introduced the Motion to Recognize Contributions of Black Canadians and February as Black History Month. It received unanimous approval and was adopted on March 4, 2008. The adoption of this motion completed Canada’s parliamentary position on Black History Month.


    What is Happening to Honour Black History Month in Chatham-Kent?

    Thursday, February 1, 12:00PM

    Black History Month Flag Raising, 315 King St W, Chatham (Civic Centre)

    Bundle up and show your support for the kick-off of Black History Month in Chatham-Kent!

    Join the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum, the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum, and the Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History to honour the start of Black History Month and learn about what is happening in Chatham-Kent throughout the month.


    Thursday, February 8, 10:00AM – 11:00AM

    Buxton Museum Storytime, Chatham-Kent Public Library, Chatham Branch

    Join us for a special story time celebrating Black History Month with special guests from the Buxton National Historic Site & Museum. Best suited for children 5 and younger. Drop-in.


    Saturday, February 10, 6:00PM – 1:00AM (cost to attend)

    Chatham-Kent Black Excellence Awards, Retro Suites Hotel

    This inaugural event to recognize the outstanding accomplishment of local Black community members and celebrate Black cultures, and community advocates. Attendees from all cultures are welcome.

    Learn more and purchase tickets through EventBrite.


    Thursday, February 22, 6:30PM – 7:15PM

    Twilight Tails, Chatham-Kent Public Library, Dresden Branch

    February is Black History Month, and we have all kinds of treasures to help celebrate. Play the jumbo Match-Up of famous athletes, entertainers, and inventors. Registration is not necessary.


    Tuesday, February 27, 6:00PM

    Trivia Night, Red Barn Brewing Co.

    Join Red Barn Brewing and Buxton's Next Generation (BNG) for a fun night of trivia, including Black History Month questions. A portion of proceeds go to BNG.

    Buy tickets from Red Barn Brewing company.


    Wednesday, February 28, 2:00PM and 7:00PM

    Screening of The Color Purple, Chatham Capitol Theatre

    A story of love and resilience bast on the novel and Broadway musical. Rated PG-13. Admission $7 at the door. No registration required.


    All Month-Long

    Black History Month Quiz

    Test your knowledge about Black History in Chatham-Kent and enter to win tickets to a screening of The Color Purple on February 28th!

    Take the quiz here: https://take.quiz-maker.com/QEKTHXGBV

    Thanks to our friends at Buxton National History Site & Museum, Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum, Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History, Buxton's Next Generation, Chatham Capitol Theatre, and Living CK for this partnership!

    Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

    Visit Ontario’s second largest national historic site, a tribute to the Elgin settlement virtually or in-person.


    Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and Black Mecca Museum

    Learn about the Black community that settles along McGregor’s Creek in Chatham at the end of the 18th century to present day. Self-guided tours available.


    Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History

    Site of the Dawn Settlement, built by Rev. Josiah Henson in 1841. In-person tours available for groups of 15 or more. Virtual tours also available.


    Chatham-Kent Municipal Museums

    Let Us March on till Victory is Won: The Struggle for Racial Equity in CK and Ontario

    The exhibit traces the National Unity Association’s crusade for justice and determination to end practices of segregation in Chatham-Kent and Ontario. Visit the virtual exhibit or book the travelling exhibit to see it in-person.


    Chatham-Kent Public Library

    Read Black Voices, All Branches

    Celebrate the diversity of Black experiences by reading books by Black authors and illustrators. Participants will earn a ballot when they borrow a book with the Black Voices bookmarks for a chance to win a prize pack.


    Black History Month Quizzes, Tilbury Branch

    Drop-in to the Tilbury Branch each week in February for a new quiz about notable Black figures and historic events.


    Living CK

    Stay tuned to the Living CK Facebook or Instagram channels for information about Black History Month in Chatham-Kent.


    Thames Art Gallery

    Visit their Facebook and Instagram pages to learn about Black artists with local ties throughout the month.

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