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Black Studies

Black Soldiers in the Wars



On 26 and 27 March 2021, the Black Canada and the Great War symposium brought together a vibrant group of researchers—family and community historians, academics, veterans and active-service personnel, and museum curators—who are recovering the stories of Black Canadian participation in, and contributions to, World War 1.

From 1914 to 1918, approximately 1,400 Black men served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). They hailed from Ontario, Québec, New Brunswick, Alberta and other parts of Canada. Their numbers were bolstered by men from the United States and the West Indies: descendants of Black Loyalists and Black Refugees, and first-generation immigrants from Canada’s trading partners in the Caribbean.
Their stories are Canada’s stories.

All sessions and presentations over the two days of the Black Canada and the Great War symposium were open to the public.

Please see the exhibit here