Exclu(e)s de la société dominante, les Afro-Canadiens ont été extrêmement isolés dans leurs propres enclaves résidentielles et communautaires. Ils ont établi leurs propres églises, clubs et écoles.
Exclu(e)s de la société dominante, les Afro-Canadiens ont été extrêmement isolés dans leurs propres enclaves résidentielles et communautaires. Ils ont établi leurs propres églises, clubs et écoles.

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Oakville A.M.E. Choir

Oakville A.M.E. Choir, 1914, Oakville, Ontario.

Alvin Duncan

© Alvin Duncan


Port Dalhousie

Dalhousie City steamer en route to the Port Dalhousie or "Big Picnic," Emancipation Day, August 1938. Emancipation Day was an annual celebration held across Black communities in Ontario commemorating the emancipation of slaves in the British Empire, 1834.

St. Catharines Museum

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The Bradford House

The Bradford House, owned by John and Mary Bradford of Chatham, Ontario, was a restaurant and boarding house with lawn bowling catering to Chatham's Black community. Wedding receptions and special events were also held here.

Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society

© Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society


Buxton Girls' Baseball Team

Buxton Girls' Baseball Team

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum

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Three Shriners

Three Shriners, Chatham, part of the Black Masonic movement in Ontario.

Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society

© Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society


Unveiling of Memorial Tablet

Unveiling of memorial tablet to No. 2 Construction Battalion of World War I at Parliament Buildings, Queen's Park, Toronto, June 1919. The No. 2 Construction Battalion was a segregated Black unit of the Canadian army.

Multicultural History Society of Ontario

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Ceremony at Wilberforce Institute

Ceremony at Wilberforce Institute, Chatham, Ontario, which opened in 1873 and provided Black students with a superior education leading to professions in teaching, art, the law, medicine and business.

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum

© Buxton National Historic Site and Museum


The St. Catharines Orioles

The St. Catharines Orioles, 1937, played in the Niagara District League.

The Hockey Hall of Fame

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Ladies' Union Aid

Ladies' Union Aid, Chatham, Ontario
Before the advent of welfare, this group and similar ones across Ontario were formed to help the needy and sick in their communities.

Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society

Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society


Emancipation Day

In 1833, Britain abolished slavery throughout her Empire including Canada. Every year since, "Emancipation Day" has been celebrated in communities across Ontario. This newspaper article reports on the celebrations in Amherstburg in 1931.

North American Black Historical Museum

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George B. Shreve

George B. Shreve of North Buxton, Ontario, World War I.

Buxton National Historic Site and Museum

© Buxton National Historic Site and Museum


Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • explain how Canada’s identity has been and continues to be shaped by its global participation;
  • comment on the political and social context of African Canadians between 1900 and World War II;
  • discuss civil rights of African Canadians from 1960 to now.

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