Eleanor Collins was the first Canadian woman, the first Alberta woman, and the first Black entertainer in Canada to have her own national television show. This article discusses her many achievements. Video and audio files are included in the article.
Portia White was the first Black Canadian concert singer to win international acclaim. White was named a “person of national historic significance” by the Government of Canada in 1995. Don't miss the embedded video.
This online exhibit is from the Archives of Ontario, celebrating Daniel G. Hill's contributions to human rights in Canada. The exhibit was prepared by Hill's son, Lawrence Hill, the author of The Book of Negroes.
This Heritage Minute tells the story of Viola Desmond, an entrepreneur who challenged segregation in Nova Scotia in the 1940s. Viola Desmond is the first Canadian woman to appear on the face of a Canadian banknote, the $10 bill.
Mathieu Da Costa was the first Black person known to have visited Canada. While here, he worked as in interpreter for Dutch and French authorities at first and later for Indigenous communities. Learn more about him here!
William Hall was the first Black Canadian to receive the Victoria Cross. Born in 1827, he died in 1904 after a life as a ship's captain. Read about his life as a sea captain in the Royal British Navy and how he came to win the Victoria Cross.