1958: Founding of the BC Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (BCAACP)

This is the first racially oriented, AND non-violence/activist organization in British Columbia. It provided a community voice and support for self-definition through census taking, supported/liaised with other Canadian and American organizations, endeavoured to influence the curriculum in B.C. schools, as well as providing support for individuals facing discrimination in areas such as education, housing, and the justice system. Frank Collins, President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Vancouver division was one of the founding members.

In 1971 BCAACP conducted a survey; the objectives were to determine the geographic location and previous origins of Black residents, gather educational, employment and housing data for the Black communities, determine individual concepts of racial identity, and how Blacks felt about the quality of Canadian citizenship. The data derived from the survey’s completed questionnaire was reported in text, maps and graphs.

*The association was active until the 1980’s.