How the Blacks Created Canada
Written by Fil Fraser.
Published by Dragon Hill Publishing Ltd., 2009.
|Across the country and throughout time, Blacks have played
pivotal roles in the unfolding of Canadian history. Woven into the fabric of
the country itself, they have made serious contributions to this great nation.
Discover four hundred years of remarkable stories in How the Blacks Created
In the early 1600s, African navigator Mathieu De Costa used his knowledge of Mi'kmaq languages to enable communication between the Europeans and Aboriginals. Arriving in 1605, he was the first Black to come to what would become Canada.
Over two centuries later, Sir James Douglas recruited 800 former American slaves and freemen to settle in Victoria, BC, where they staved off the threat from an America that would gobble up land and stretch up the west coast from California to Alaska.
Josiah Henson escaped half a lifetime of slavery and came to Dresden, Ontario through the underground railway. He established a highly successful business, met Queen Victoria, had dinner with the prime minister and became friends with the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was also an unofficial ambassador for Canada.
And, more currently, Blacks have made great strides in Canadian sports, entertainment and politics, as well as business, academia, the judiciary and a broad range of public service. So take a seat and discover the surprising and satisfying history that is finally making it in the mainstream.
"This is an unusual book because it concentrates on the achievements of the many Black Canadians whose contributions to the country's economic and cultural development have been over-whlemingly positive, but notuntil nownearly adequately recognized. Fil Fraser, who for a time was a one-man Canadian film industry and went on to pioneer some mighty inspiring television productions, is the multi-talented guide to this fascinating world of little-known but essential contributors to the Canadian mosaic." Peter C. Newman, bestselling Canadian author and commentator
"While Fraser certainly doesn't ignore racism and injustice, past or present, his focus isn't on victims. Instead, he sketches intriguing cameos of survivors and champions, introducing us to some truly fascinating, often-forgotten characters, cultural pioneers who over-came adversity to build the country we know today." Paula Simmons, award-winning columnist for the Edmonton JournalAlso available:
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