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Black History Month 2021

Feb 23 - Takeover Tuesday with Innisfil ideaLAB & Library

Tune in live on Facebook between 4-5 p.m. to learn more about Black history, white privilege, how to respond to racism, and the dos and don’ts of being an ally. Special guests include local activists Shondra Durrant, Keliah Casey, and Alasoba (Lala) Kelsy-Braide from Making Change. Shondra and Keliah will be "taking over" the Library's Instagram @innisfilidealab throughout the day, so watch for their posts! Follow Making Change on Facebook via

We are now accepting questions from the public. If you'd like to submit a question for our guests, please submit them to!


*The Library provides an open space for the critical and respectful exchange of ideas. Please be mindful of the sensitive nature of this event and be respectful at all times. 

Takeover Tuesday Innisfil Idea LAB and M

Feb 21 and March 21 - MacLaren Art Centre collaboration

MacLaren Art Centre Be Kind Family Works

Virtual Family Sunday: All in the Message

Sunday, February 21, 1:30 to 3 pm
Instructed by regional artist Angela Francis

In partnership with Making Change

In acknowledgment of Black History Month and Erika DeFreitas: everything she inspires remains, belongs to light, families will learn more about this exhibition and create a large illustrated and collaged poster, exploring their take on anti-racism and inclusion. Advance registration required.

MacLaren Art Centre Caribbean Paper Mask

Virtual Family Sunday: Caribbean Paper Masks
Sunday, March 21, 1:30 to 3 pm
Instructed by regional artist Angela Francis

In partnership with Making Change

Families will learn more about Caribbean carnival culture and the artistry and purpose of mask-making as a part of masquerade performance. Using the art of collage and a variety of coloured and textured papers, families will create their own vibrant mask. Advance registration required.

Feb 20 - We Are Here - Orillia Black History Month Panel

We Are Here Orillia BHM Panel Celebratio

We are here! Come join us and hear our stories of hard work, hardship, love, hope, and strength.

Members of Orillia's Black Community come together to share lived experiences and reflect on Making Change in Orillia.

Panel guests and Orillia residents include: Alasoba Kelsy-Braide (Board Member Making Change), Tshweu Moleme, Dr. Sam Olupona and Dexter Bullen. Musical performance by Jules, Poetry reading, and videos submitted by members of Orillia's Black Community.

WATCH the recording  here.

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