Many people might be surprised to learn that slavery did exist in the former French and later British colonies of Lower and Upper Canada. Author Frank Mackey in his Montreal office © courtesy F Mackey It ended well before Canada came into being as a country, but unlike most areas around the world, it did not come to a sudden end, but rather a more gradual one. Attitudes and treatment of slaves,
The death of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela in December, 2013, sparked a wave of condolences and memories around the world. In Canada, people remembered not only his actions but also his connection to Canada. Canada’s relationship with the apartheid regime in South Africa was sometimes contradictory. Announcing sanctions, but continuing to do business until 1977. In the 1980s, Canada’s Prime Minister Brian Mulroney broke with other western leaders to step
The UN declared 2004 the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition. Slavery has existed since time immemorial, but what began in Africa in the 9th century increased dramatically with the discovery of the New World in the 16th century. One of the greatest tragedies of humankind, there is no record of just how many people were violently displaced by slavery, but estimates run from 30
The Fugitive Slave Law or Fugitive Slave Act was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850 between Southern slave holding interests and Northern Free-Soilers.
Distinguished Black and White Activists campaigned for the abolition of slavery
Several leading Canadian publications advocated freedom from bondage including the forerunner to today’s Globe and Mail newspaper.
Fueled by their longing for freedom, many slaves try to break free from their owners.
https://www.rcinet.ca/bhm-en/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2014/02/Interview-Lynn.mp3 A rare portrait of an African woman hanging in a Montreal museum speaks volumes about slavery in Canada, says McGill University art historian Charmaine Nelson. In school, many Canadians are taught about the Underground Railroad but know little about the slavery that existed in the 200 years before that. “Portrait of a Negro Slave” hangs in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Underground Railroad was not an actual
Since 1995 and as a result of a motion in Canada’s parliament, February has been designated Black History Month in Canada. It has been so designated in order to recognize the contribution of black Canadians to this country inclulding such fields as science, business, sport, arts, politics, social justice, and so on. Noted author, and lecturer, George Elliot Clarke, says there are still hurdles for blacks in Canada to overcome.
Canada Post has created two more stamps in its ongoing series commemorating February’s Black History Month in Canada. The two stamps represent two of the earliest black communities in Canada, on opposite sides of the country. A 1958 photo of girls from an Africville bible class is featured on one of the two new stamps to celebrate February’s Black History Month in Canada *** CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL VIEW