Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Black History Month in Canada

This year, the government of Canada will celebrate Black History Month (February) by recognizing the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812. It will honour the contributions of Black soldiers in the fight for Canada.

Black History Canada: War of 1812 This site gives the history of Black volunteers (Canadian) who fought for the British in the War of 1812.

Toronto Celebrates Black History Month As the website says, “Each year, the City of Toronto is proud to support events and exhibits scheduled for Black History Month, inviting members of the public to explore and celebrate the heritage, traditions and culture of African-Canadians”.

Black History Month Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has a list of resources as well as related Internet links on their website.


I have just published two booklets with references to Blacks in Canada -
  • The War of 1812: Canada and the United States includes a section on Blacks who fought both on the Canadian and American sides during the War of 1812, and
  • Migration: Canada and the United States has a section on the migration of Blacks to Canada
    They are available for purchase through Global Genealogy at, and the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at

    For more on the booklets, please visit these links -

    War of 1812 -, and

    Migration -