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Plans are underway for Black History Month 2018! Check back for details about the entertainment, performers, displays, speakers and annual favorites.


TBA:  Installation of Commemmorative Plaque to honor Mifflin Wistar Gibbs at Irving Park in James Bay.  Gibbs, a Victoria pioneer and the first black person to hold elected office in B.C. was honored with a bronze plaque unveiled as part of BCBHAS Heritage Day on February 19, 2017.  The plaque commemorates Mifflin Gibbs as a person of national historic significance.    

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Grafton Tyler Brown was a cartographer, lithographer, and painter and is considered the first professional Black artist in the Pacific North West.  He lived and worked in B.C. from 1882 to 1885 and owned a studio in Victoria. 

Doug Hudlin is an Alexander Family descendant, founding member of our Society, love of baseball and a well-remembered and respected umpire.  Doug was inducted into the B.C. Baseball Umpires Association Hall of Fame in 2011 and will be inducted posthumously into the Canadiam Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. 

John Craven Jones is the younger brother of William Alan Jones, the Barkerville Dentist.  John Craven Jones was the 1st and only school teacher on Salt Spring Island for 10 years.  He taught 25 students in 2 separate schools.

Emma Stark is the oldest daughter of Syliva Stark.  She was just a child when the Starks arrived on Salt Spring Island.  She attended 1 of John Craven's schools.  She attended high school in Nanaimo and went on to obtain a teaching certificate and taught at Cedar School near Nanaimo.  She was the 1st female black teacher in the Province.


Welcome to the B.C. Black History Awareness Society  The society was formed in February 1994 to celebrate achievements of black pioneers in British Columbia.  Our goals now include promoting diversity and inclusion and providing opportunities to bring together diverse groups of people.

Rosie Jones and Joan Cook Memorial Bursary to provide financial assistance for students at Camosun College who have a heritage background.

Black Pioneers 1859 - 1870 invited by Sir James Douglas; they were not runaway slaves arriving by an underground railway but free men and women seeking a place where they could raise their families without fear, educate their children, practice their professions, enjoy the results of their hard work.

Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.  For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of a tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history.

Black History Canada An annotated guide to online resources on the history of Canada's black communities