'23 Historical Black Canadians you Should Know', via www.cbc.ca Pictured here is Marie Joseph Angelique, an enslaved Black Canadian woman who was tortured and killed for allegedly burning down Montreal in 1734

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Mathieu de Costa -The first recorded instance of a black presence in Canada was that of Mathieu de Costa. He arrived in Nova Scotia sometime between 1603 and 1608 as a translator for the French explorer Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Monts. The first known black person to live in Canada was a slave from Madagascar named Olivier Le Jeune (who may also have been of partial Malay ancestry).

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Famous Black Canadians

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Black Canadians In Uniform - A Proud Tradition - Remembering Those Who Served - Remembrance - Veterans Affairs Canada

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Members of the No. 2 Construction Battalion. In 1916, the government authorized the creation of the No 2 Construction Battalion, a unit primarily composed of black Canadian enlisted men. This move was in response to pressure from many black Canadians who were not being permitted to enlist in their local infantry battalions.

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The last surviving black Canadian soldier to have fought in D-Day invasion was laid to rest last week.

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Rosemary Brown was elected to the provincial legislature of British Columbia in 1972, becoming the first black woman in Canadian history to be a member of a Canadian parliamentary body.

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James Robinson Johnston (1876 -1915) Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, James Robinson Johnston graduated from Dalhousie University and became the first Black Canadian in Nova Scotia to become a lawyer. The James Robinson Johnston chair in Black Canadian studies at Dalhousie is the first chair and program dedicated to the study of Black Canadian perspectives.

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