Canada may not seem like a country, which was infamously known to have racial profiling of certain communities. Racism in Canada was present from the mid-17th century to the mid-20th century. Blacks, in particular,were profiled to be slaves of whites. The case of white supremacy leading to enslaving of black people has led to numerous historical breakaways. These opened up several theories of how an enslaved community came up to what they are today.
Major timeline of racism in Canadian history
- Indigenous People of Canada were subjected to harsh slavery during the early 1600’s. Nearly 2/3rdof these slaves were homed in the New France of the colony. This was one of the earliest forms of the slave trade, which engrossed the culture of slavery in the whole of country’s history.
- Blacks have been profiled racially everywhere in the globe. The first black in Canada came in the year 1608 by the name of Mathieu Da Costa. The person is remembered as a free man, who came with the Europeans to work as a translator.
- In the year 1685, Louis XIV’s Code Noir approved slavery laws. This was made to reduce the abuse of an enslaved set of people. During the era, trade of slaves was rising rapidly, which led to the owners abusing. Thus, France approved the laws and used ahead in Canada.
- In the year 1709, a number of indigenous slaves with a bunch of Africans was brought by New France, with a total count of over 145 slaves to their disposal.
- Fast forward to 1749, Black Slaves were specifically approached to the building of Halifax in the French colony of Canada.
- In the year 1851, the landmark Anti-Slavery Society was formed in Canada, whose motto was to free the slavery with more number of sympathizers came in.
- Anti-Black Campaign was kicked off in the year 1909, where a large number of Blacks moved into Canadian territory.
- Just before the First World War, Komagata Maru, a ship from India was denied entry to Canada for over 2 months. The ship contained migrating expatriates from India.
- 1944 was the time of Second World War, a time when the Racial Discrimination Act of 1944was passed in Ontario. This was a landmark moment in the country, which was on the verge of abolishing the same.
To sum up the brief moments, these were some of the famous highlights, which saw Canada’s modern-day shape up. On the present day, there are large numbers of minorities in Canada, all thanks to some of their open arms’ policies against racism.