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February 4, 2010 For immediate release

Celebrating Multiculturalism at the Canada Science and Technology Museum

During Black History Month, the Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM), in partnership with Jaku Konbit and Black History Ottawa, celebrates African-Canadian inventors and innovators.

The International African Inventors Museum—a travelling exhibition that highlights the achievements of black inventors and scientists throughout the world—will be displayed at the Canada Science and Technology Museum during Black History Month from Thursday, Feb. 11 to Sunday, Feb. 14 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.

“By highlighting the contributions of Black inventors and scientists,” says Ken Campbell, president of Jaku Konbit, “the display aims to provide role models for children, youth and students of the African and Caribbean communities and other visible minorities to inspire them to consider careers in science and technology.”

Jaku Konbit, a community-based and family-oriented organization is committed to promoting the African cultural identity in Ottawa.

“This Black History Month event will showcase, promote and protect the rich contributions that people of African heritage have made in the fields of science and technology,” says Campbell.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Jaku Konbit will deliver interactive lectures and science demonstrations to encourage youth, parents, teachers and participants to examine science and technology as career options through exposure to research and achievements by Black inventors and scientists.

“We make it our goal to engage all Canadians in an exploration of the rich connections between science, technology, culture and society and an understanding of the role that science and technology played, and continue to play, in the transformation of Canada,” says Claude Faubert, CSTM Director General. “Our partnership with Jaku Konbit and Black History Ottawa offers a great opportunity for Canadians to discover and share knowledge about this country’s diverse scientific and technological heritage.”

Admission to the exhibition is included in regular museum fees. Group rates are available. For information about the exhibition go to www.iaimuseum.org and for general information visit sciencetech.technomuses.ca or call 613-991-3044.


Ken Campbell, president of Jaku Konbit.