Resources for Teachers, Students and Researchers

Here you will find links to online information for British Columbia, Canada, and the World; including websites, teaching guides, videos and downloadable pdf's, that can provide valuable information and aids for teaching and research. Most are links to external content; and there are also links to rich content on this site. Use the SEARCH on the right for this table.
JurisdictionSubjectDescription
British ColumbiaImmigration, Education GuideTo Canada by another road: North to British Columbia Provides images and text about the events leading to the decision by 800 Blacks to migrate from San Francisco. Includes information on Douglas, Gibbs, the ships as well as learning objectives for teachers and students.
British ColumbiaPeopleThe first artist, judge, juror, teacher, politician, television show host... Read about these firsts
British ColumbiaArchives, Places, Salt Spring Island Salt Spring Island Archives These archives provide significant information about the Black Pioneers that settled on the island.
British ColumbiaPlaces, Salt Spring Island26 Black Homesteads on Salt Spring Island.
British ColumbiaReference Material Greater Victoria Public Library Utilize their online catalogue to find books, on the subject of Black Canadians and Black History.
British ColumbiaImmigration, Organizations Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria The Inter-Cultural Association (ICA) of Greater Victoria helps individuals and organizations to connect across cultures, They provide information, support and tools to help immigrants and refugees, through networks, education, employment, and arts programming.
British ColumbiaPeople, PlacesPlaces of Interest in BC Check out these sites related to the Black Pioneers and BC's Black History. There are places to visit in Victoria and area, Nanaimo, Salt Spring Island and B.C.;s mainland.
British ColumbiaAbraham Lincoln, PeopleB.C.'s connection with Abraham Lincoln Read the letter sent from former Premier Christy Clark, on behalf of British Columbians to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in 2015, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s presidency. Christy Clark: “When I was asked to prepare a letter on what Abraham Lincoln's legacy means to British Columbians, I wanted to ensure that what I sent was truly reflective of British Columbians' unique stories, history and perspectives. I invited Member of the Legislative Assembly, Sam Sullivan, to ask British Columbians what Abraham Lincoln meant to them, their families and to B.C.; British Columbians were invited to share their stories to help inform this letter. The result was a unique perspective of the U.S. and B.C.'s shared history …”. The letter from B.C. includes these shared stories.
British Columbia, CanadaEvents, PlacesBlack Pioneers in British Columbia: National Historic Event The arrival of the Black Pioneers in 1858 was designated as a National Historic Event on September 22, 1997 by the Government of Canada. The plaque was unveiled on February 20, 2000 at the Shady Creek United Church, 7180 East Saanich Road.
CanadaEducation GuideHistorica Canada This bilingual guide explores seminal events and personalities in Black Canadian history through discussion and interactive activities.
CanadaYukon, Immigration Blacks in the Yukon During the Klondike Gold Rush it is estimated that 99 Blacks were living in the Yukon; not only as miners but ran businesses as well; and they were instrumental in building the Alaska Highway
CanadaBlack History, Organizations, Teaching GuideBlack History organizations and educational resources This Government of Canada site provides links to organizations and educational resources that are uniquely Canadian, devoted to the promotion and awareness of Black Canadian history. This link will take you to provincial organizations in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia; as well as Government of Canada resources.
CanadaEvents, TimelineKey Events in Black Canadian History The first person of African Heritage to come to what is now Canada, arrived in 1604. His name is Mathieu Da Costa who arrived with the French explores Samuel de Champlain.
CanadaImmigrationThe Road North: Black Canada and the Journey to Freedom Images and text about the immigration of Blacks to Canada from around the world dating back to the 17th century.
CanadaPeople, Viola DesmondLong Road to Justice This movie chronicles the arrest and trial of Viola Desmond.
CanadaSlaveryLibrary and Archives Canada - The Anti-Slavery Movement in Canada Note. This is an archived site.
CanadaSlavery, Underground RailroadBuxton Heritage Museum Buxton is a rural community in southwestern Ontario, established in 1849 as a community for and by former African-American slaves who escaped to Canada.
CanadaSlavery, Underground Railroad, Education GuideUncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site This site takes its name from Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin". This site also provides teaching materials about the UGRR for primary, junior and intermediate students.
CanadaEducation GuideTeaching African-Canadian History The goal of this site is “to share resources and provide support to educators striving to include the African Canadian experience across the curriculum with the aim of enriching the learning experiences of all students in their classroom.” The site is maintained by Natasha Henry, the president of the Ontario Black History Society. She is an educator, historian, and curriculum consultant, specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African Diasporic experience.
CanadaPeople, Viola DesmondViola Desmond Black Canadian hero and civil-rights activist, she is the new face on the Canadian $10 bill in 2018. Desmond is often compared to Rosa Parks but the cases are quite different. November 8, 1946 Desmond was protesting a private theatre owner's efforts at segregation; segregation was not supported by provincial laws. The Rosa Parks case was 9 years later, December 1, 1955. Parks decision was an act of civil disobedience refusing to give up her seat in the designated colored section of the bus to a white person after the white section was full; in the U.S. the state and local laws enforced racial segregation.
Canada, InternationalUnited NationsUN Experts visit Canada Here you can link to the report of the Working Group of UN Experts. Invited by the Government of Canada; the result is a 16-page report that includes Background details comprising a Historical Overview and Demographics, and detailed documentation on Framework and steps taken by Canada to protect the human rights of people of African descent, Manifestations of racial discrimination; followed by Conclusions and Recommendations.
InternationalAfrican-AmericanThe History Makers: America's Missing Stories This site records, preserves and shares the life stories of thousands of African Americans, from President Barack Obama to the oldest living black cowboy. “ The History Makers is a leader in helping to educate and enlighten millions worldwide through refashioning a more inclusive record of American history.
InternationalAfrican-American HistoryBlackpast.org This is a substantive reference center providing information to the general public, scholars and researchers on African American history and on the history of the more than one billion people of African ancestry around the world. The site has materials on African-American History as well as Global African History.
InternationalUnderground Railroad, PlacesAboard the Underground Railroad This site is hosted by the U.S. National Park Service providing descriptions and photographs on 60 historic places associated with the UGGR that are listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places
InternationalSlaveryUNESCO: Transatlantic Slave Routes The transatlantic slave trade, often known as the triangular trade, connected the economies of three continents. It is estimated that 25 to 30 million people, men, women and children, were deported from their homes and sold as slaves in the different slave trading systems.
InternationalSlaveryBorn in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writer's Project The project took place between1936-1938. The collection contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s.
InternationalScience and Technology Black Inventors Online Museum Answering machine devices, blood banks, the egg beater, food preservation, the potato chip, traffic signals, refrigeration systems ... all invented by Black men and women. This site presents information about the inventions and the inventors dating back 300 years.
InternationalPeople, Martin Luther King, Education GuideI Have a Dream Speech This site also provides a biography written for children.