In the 18th century, Black Canadians began a long journey, one composed of many human stories.
These narratives encompass groundbreaking laws, acts of personal heroism, as well as years of steady and determined work.
“On the Road North” tells just some of these stirring tales of idealism, courage and leadership.
In cooperation with Canadians from across the country, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada recommends persons, places and events to be recognized as nationally significant to Canada’s history. This exhibit tells the story of Canada’s Black communities through the lens of these national designations.
For many Black people, Canada was a land of freedom – a safe haven from a life of slavery. Many Afro-Canadians came to Canada through the Underground Railroad in search of a better life.
The Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) uncovers the history of Black Canadians and their contributions to the establishment of Canada. Come delve into the many stories and images from Canadian museums and cultural centres that explore the unique tales of Black Canadians – and Canada before the abolition of slavery.
Remembering Black Loyalists, Black Communities in Nova Scotia is a creation by the Museum of Nova Scotia in association with the Virtual Museum of Canada that looks at the escape of many African Americans to Canada, where they founded two Nova Scotian Black Loyalist communities, Birchtown and Tracadie.
With such a rich and long history of Black people in Canada, many Canadian museums have artefacts and exhibits dedicated to these pioneers who helped establish many cities across Canada. In fact, there are many museums and historic sites that are solely dedicated to African Canadian history.
The VMC Community Memories offer a more intimate look at the role that African Canadians played in their communities. The VMC Learning Centre offers learning resources, lesson plans and activities that allow teachers and students a unique and interactive opportunity to bring Canadian history to life.