“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” – Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr.
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots” – Marcus Mosiah Garvey Jr.

Canadian Organizations devoted to Black History

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Link to resources that are uniquely Canadian, devoted to the promotion and awareness of Black Canadian history. The BC Black History Awareness Society is listed and many other provincial organizations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, and Saskatchewan; as well as Government of Canada resources. Visit the site

Black Canadian Studies Association: “Encourage and support research … Create an institutional infrastructure of Black Canadian Studies in Canada … Provide support for Black Canadian Studies … Encourage the collection, documentation and preservation of a material culture … Foster collective action …”

Library and Archives Canada: The anti-slavery movement in Canada, early Black settlements, Canadian abolitionists and societies, Black Loyalists. Visit the archives

Salt Spring Island: Salt Spring Island’s Black Community dates back to 1858; is presented as a collection of family narratives. Descendants of these pioneers still live in the area today.

Blacks in the Yukon: During the Klondike Gold Rush it is estimated that 99 Blacks were living in the Yukon; as miners and ran businesses; and they were instrumental in helping to build the Alaska Highway. Visit the site

“The Hogan’s Alley Society advocates for Black Vancouverites who have endured the legacies of urban renewal and their erasure from the official historical narrative…”


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