Since the beginnings of transatlantic settlement, Black people have lived in Canada, although only a few arrived directly from their ancestral homeland in Africa. Accounts state that the earliest arrivals of African Canadians were slaves brought from New England or the West Indies.
But between 1763 and 1865, most Black people who migrated to Canada were fleeing slavery in the U.S. Most of them entered Canada to start a new life and have a brighter future but they probably didn’t know that they would eventually make a huge impact in the country in almost all fields. Be it entertainment, arts, haircare, technology and politics, Black Canadians did incredible work.