February marks Black History Month, a time dedicated to honouring the remarkable achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities.

Throughout history, they have played a pivotal role in shaping Canada into a culturally diverse, compassionate, and prosperous nation.

The Cochrane Public Library is proud to offer a full lineup of activities commemorating black excellence through discussions and events.

Emma Lartey, library programmer says they are hosting a diverse range of speakers throughout the month, including one local lady. 

"We have Santhia Locke, she is a Cochranite, born in Haiti who moved here when she was 11 when she was adopted. She is a health and wellness consultant, she is a women's empowerment coach and she has her own health and wellness company called Santhia's Choice. She's also an author."

Locke will speak on Saturday, February 24. 

All speaking events are free but pre-registration is required. 

There will be an opportunity for an open discussion after each session. 

A series of films will be displayed throughout the month including one that showcases someone local to the region. 

Carmen Erison, program and engagement manager says John Ware Reclaimed will go on Wednesday, February 14. 

"This film explores the mythology that is the legend of John Ware, Alberta's famous black cowboy rancher. This is a film by Cheryl Foggo, and it won the Audience Choice Award at the Alberta feature Calgary International Festival in 2020."

Registration is not required to attend the films. 

The team at the library feels it's important for everyone in the community to learn about Black History and Lartey has taken the time to ensure young children have the opportunity too. 

"I've curated a display of books by and about black Canadians. It's right up front when you come in. I've curated adult books, juvenile and children's books as well. And we also have a scavenger hunt that is Black History themed for little ones."