Black History Intro
Black History is Canadian History

Welcome to the official website for a Black Peoples History of Canada, a project led by Principal Investigator Dr. Afua Cooper, award winning historian and author.

Our Work

A Black People’s History of Canada (BPHC) is a three-year project designed to conduct new research into our nation’s rich African Canadian heritage.

Learning Material

Discover the history of Black Canadians from 1604 to the present. Peruse our catalogue of educational resources, from engaging curricula to rich historical content and innovative media.


View upcoming and past events. This includes our most recent events, Slavery, Memory and Citizenship in Iran and Roots & Rhythms: Connecting the Past, Present and Future.

Black History is
Canadian History.

A Black People’s History of Canada (BPHC) is a project funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and Dalhousie University. Its purpose is to conduct new research into our nation’s rich African Canadian history and heritage, and to fill the gap in Black Canadian history education. Partnering with African Canadian groups and government agencies responsible for education, the BPHC will help create new elementary and secondary school curricula in English and French for teaching Black history in every Canadian province and territory.

This project empowers educators, learners, and all Canadians through ground-breaking research in African Canadian history.
This project is led by the award-winning historian and author Dr. Afua Cooper.

Featured Educational Resources

Black Burial Grounds and Cemeteries

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James Delancey and the Decline of Slavery in Nova Scotia

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Resistance to Slavery in Nova Scotia

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The Immigration of Enslaved People to Nova Scotia Until 1783

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African Glory

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The History of Slavery in Nova Scotia

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Update Coming Soon

We are excited to announce that we will be launching our revamped website soon. The new site will be available in both English and French. Please stay tuned for updates!

Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer le prochain lancement de notre site web remanié. Le nouveau site sera disponible en Anglais et en Français. Restez à l’écoute pour les mises à jour!