Who We Are
The Black Health Education Collaborative is a community of scholars and practitioners committed to improving Black health through education and research. Our mission is to address anti-Black racism and the interlocking systems that impact the health and wellbeing of Black communities across Canada. We understand Black health and Black life as intricately connected to the places and spaces in which we live, work, love, play, worship and resist. We draw on long histories of community and academic scholarship and resistance from Black, critical race theory, queer, feminist, anti/decolonial traditions.
Our mission is to transform medical and health professional education to improve the health of Black communities across Canada.
We value Blackness and Black life
We value ways of knowing rooted in Black and Africentric knowledges
We value autonomy and self-determination of Black peoples
We value integrity and navigate our work with courage
We value innovation in learning and teaching
We value commitment and collaboration as integral to building relationships and sustaining action over the long-term to achieving racial justice
Land and Ancestral Acknowledgment
The Black Health Education Collaborative acknowledges with gratitude the Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island who continue to thrive and resist colonial violence while striving for self-determination and decolonial futures. We live, work and play in various territories including the lands of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississauga’s of the Credit River; Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, the Anishinaabe, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation; Kanien:keha’ka and Mi’kmaq.
We remember our ancestors, forcibly displanted Africans, brought to Turtle Island as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the histories and legacies of colonialism and neo-colonialism which continue to impact African Peoples and the descendants of the Black diaspora across the world.
We recognize that racial colonial violence harm Black and Indigenous Peoples through both common and distinct logics and actions. We recognize our responsibility and obligations as African Peoples to be good guests on these lands. We offer thanks to our elders and communities from whom we learn. May your wisdom inform our actions towards a more just future.
BHEC Member Vision
[My vision for Black Health] is a vision that acknowledges the complexities of our lived experiences and diverse histories, and where our humanity, dignity and rights are recognized, affirmed and supported