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Photo: Pan African Association Spokesperson Don Dawes speaks to City Council on Monday evening – Christine Rumleskie/

By Christine Rumleskie

A local group wants to make Fort St. John history, by holding the first ever Black History Celebration this month.

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Pan African Association Spokesperson Don Dawes outlined the event at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

The group wants to throw a two day celebration on February 26th and 27th, in honour of Black History Month.

Dawes says the event will feature key note guest speakers, an exhibition of African Arts and Culture, a performance by African students and much more.

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Dawes asked that the City consider donating to the event. The overall cost of the celebration is around $12,000. This includes accommodation for guest speakers, advertisements, and performances. The Association didn’t request a specific amount of funding, only that the City considers funding a part of the celebration.

Dawes says the Association is also trying to solicit donations from companies within the City.

While Council says the funding request is on short notice, Councilors agreed to review the Association’s budget and make a decision at the next council meeting.

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