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10 Famous Black Canadians

10 Famous Black Canadians

  • Canada
  • Various, Pines and Maples Production

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In celebration of Black History Month 2020, this video series profiles 10 historical Black Canadians.

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Canadian Slavery Story

A Canadian Slavery Story

  • Canada
  • 11
  • Canadiana Production

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Marie-Joseph Angélique was an enslaved Black woman owned by Thérèse de Couagne de Francheville in Montréal. In 1734, she was charged with arson after a fire leveled Montréal’s merchants' quarter. It was alleged that Angélique committed the act while attempting to flee her bondage. She was convicted, tortured and hanged. While it remains unknown whether or not she set the fire, Angélique’s story has come to symbolize Black resistance and freedom. (Canadian Encyclopedia)

Canadas First Black Battalion

Canada's First Black Battalion

  • Canada
  • 6
  • Adam Tindal

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Canada’s No. 2 Construction Battalion from the First World War, who served our country with pride, despite the prejudice they faced on the battlefield.

Long Road To Justice

A Long Road to Justice: The Viola Desmond Story

  • Canada
  • 44
  • Brian Murray

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On November 8, 1946, Viola Desmond stood up against a racially segregated movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Her courageous stand, nine years before Rosa Parks' action, was a seminal event in Canada's civil rights movement.

War Of 1812 Black History

War of 1812

  • Canada
  • 10
  • Canadian Heritage

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Richard Pierpoint petitioned to form an all-black militia to fight alongside the British during the war of 1812. His initiative eventually led to the formation of what was known as the "Coloured Corps" who aided in the fight for Canada.

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