Often when we think of Black History, we refer to popular American black historians such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, etc. These are indeed amazing individuals who undoubtedly made monumental, invaluable contributions to the progress we've seen in the last century in the equitable treatment and progression of people of colour. Unfortunately, Canada's rich story of Black History and historians is consequently often overlooked.
The 1st recorded Black person to arrive in Canada is said to be an African named Mathieu de Coste who arrived in 1608 to serve as interpreter of the Mi'kmaq language to the governor of Acadia.
"Black Canadians" is a designation used for people of full or partial Sub-Saharan African descent, who are citizens or permanent residents of Canada. The majority of Black Canadians are of Caribbean origin, though the population also consists of African-American immigrants and their descendants (including Black Nova Scotians), as well as many native African immigrants.
Often, children and youth of colour that come from find it difficult to envision themselves in prestigious positions and careers. Below are mini bios of some for the most iconic Black Canadians past and present - including a number of inventors, doctors, lawyers, activist, athlete, entertainers. artists and many more (in no particular order). This list has been compiled not only as a resource to children and youth but also to remind these bright minded youth that they can be anything they put their minds and effort to. Sky is the limit!!
Click on the image to learn more about these Iconic Black Canadians
RESOURCES: Information found on this page has been compiled from the following sources:
Government of Canada - Canadian Heritage -- https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/black-history-month/black-canadians.html
The Canadian Encyclopedia - https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/collection/black-history-in-canada
The Canadian Huffington Post - https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/02/27/black-canadians_a_23372125/
CBC News Canada - https://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/black-history-month/
Mysteries of Canada - https://www.mysteriesofcanada.com/canada/famous-black-canadians/
Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Canadians