Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Black History in Canada

“People of African descent have been a part of shaping Canada’s heritage and identity since the arrival of Mathieu Da Costa, a navigator and interpreter, whose presence in Canada dates back to the early 1600s.

“The role of Blacks in Canada has not always been viewed as a key feature in Canada’s historic landscape. There is little mention that some of the Loyalists who came here after the American Revolution and settled in the Maritimes were Blacks, or of the many sacrifices made in wartime by Black Canadian soldiers as far back as the War of 1812.

“Few Canadians are aware of the fact that African people were once enslaved in the territory that is now Canada, or of how those who fought enslavement helped to lay the foundation of Canada’s diverse and inclusive society.

“Black History Month (February) is a time to learn more about these Canadian stories and the many other important contributions of Black Canadians to the settlement, growth and development of Canada, and about the diversity of Black communities in Canada and their importance to the history of this country.”

–from “Black History Month“, Government of Canada website

Please note that through much of history, the treatment towards black Canadians and those of African descent (as well as of other cultures) is a dark stain in history. Learning about black history is not always an easy or pleasant topic, so we recommend using discretion with your family as you learn.

Web-Linking Library Resources:

Subscriptions Resources:

  • Discovery Education: Black History video content. African American culture, the underground railroad, segregation, etc.
  • – Black History in Canada video content
  • Learn360 – First log in to Learn360, then click on the link to the left.
  • WorldBook Kids – Black History content (written articles)

OverDrive & Sora Resources: