A brief history of the black communities in Canada
Introduction This essay on the history of black communities fills a vacuum. Canadian books rarely mention the presence of Blacks in Canada. The Black person, in the Canadian consciousness, is still perceived as a recent immigrant. The pioneering works of Marcel Trudel, Robin Winks, Colin A. Thompson, Dorothy Williams, Daniel Gay and James Walker, among others, demonstrate, however, that the Black presence goes as far back as the dawn of colonization. The history of Blacks is thus an integral part of Canadian history. Frantz Voltaire is an historian and a documentary filmmaker. Max Dorsinville teaches Literature at McGill University.