Highlights / slavery


Portraits of Black Canadians – Episode 4

Slavery laws A number of slavery laws, in addition to Indigenous slavery customs, existed in Canada both under the French rule and British rule until slavery was officially abolished in 1833. Duration: 2:49


Portraits of Black Canadians – Episode 3

Olivier Le Jeune Olivier Le Jeune is the first black person known to have lived and died in Canada. He was also Canada’s first recorded African slave. Le Jeune was about seven years old when he was brought to Canada »

Arts & Entertainment, International, Society

Art exhibition highlights history of slave trade in Newfoundland

An exhibition at this year’s Bonavista Biennale in St. John, Newfoundland, highlights a dark part of the province’s history – the island’s involvement in the 18th century slave trade. Few people know, but Newfoundland built several ships in the 18th »


Human trafficking survivors tell their stories

The Canadian government has launched cross-country hearings into the exploitation of people for sex work, forced labour and domestic slavery. The government agency, Statistics Canada found that between 2009 and 2014, there were 396 victims of human trafficking reported to »

Immigration & Refugees, International, Society

Emancipation Day in the British Empire.

Several former British colonies will be celebrating on August 1 It’s the day that slavery was banned throughout the British Empire back in 1834. In Canada, one of the events to mark the day will be taking place at a »

International, Politics, Society

Mar. 14 1793: Canada- beginning to the end of slavery in the British Empire

Although “Black History Month”  (February) has ended in Canada, March 14 nonetheless marks an important date in the emancipation of blacks. Upper Canada’s Lt-Governor at the time was John Graves Simcoe of Britain who had been an abolitionist before his »