Abolition of Slavery in Canada

On August 1, 1834, the Act for the Abolition of Slavery in the British colonies, including Canada, came into force. This day, which often goes unnoticed, was celebrated in 2008 to mark the 175th anniversary of the enactment of the Law.

With recent events in the United States triggering a wave of demonstrations throughout the world, it is interesting to discover the history of black slavery in Canada through the following  article which paints a complete picture.

In it we learn that the first slaves in Canada were Aboriginal people. The first attempts to abolish slavery took place in Lower Canada (Quebec) in the early 1800s.

Videos and teaching guides are also referenced in this article, which is based on several archival documents.

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Other article on the same subject – Author: Jean Bellefeuille