Anniversaries of significance in Black Canadian history in 2017
Celebrate and commemorate these days and anniversaries that recognize the important contributions of Black people in Canada and around the world.
- Anniversary celebrations in 2017
- Lincoln Alexander Day – January 21
- International Decade for People of African Descent
Anniversary celebrations in 2017
The year 2017 celebrates many anniversaries of significant events in Black Canadian history.
180 year anniversary of the Corps of Negroes
160 year anniversary of William Neilson Hall Winning the Victoria Cross
William Hall served aboard the frigate HMS Shannon in Calcutta during the 1857 Indian Mutiny. Against all odds, Hall breached a wall of the Najeef Temple to allow British troops to overcome the mutineers. He was awarded the Victoria Cross on November 16, 1857. Hall was the first Canadian naval recipient, the first Black and the first Nova Scotian to win the prestigious medal.
100 year anniversary of the No. 2 Construction Battalion’s Departure Overseas
Diamond anniversary of Caribana
Diamond anniversary of Downey’s first Canadian Middleweight Championship
Lincoln Alexander Day – January 21
The Honourable Lincoln Alexander (1922-2012) became the first Black Member of Parliament in Canada on June 25, 1968. In 1985, he also became the first visible minority to be appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. In December 2014, the Government of Canada declared January 21 to be Lincoln Alexander Day.
His other notable achievements include:
- Second World War veteran (Royal Canadian Air Force)
- Member of the Queen’s Privy Council
Federal Minister of Labour
- First visible minority appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
- Chancellor of the University of Guelph
- Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation
- Companion of the Order of Canada
- Member of the Order of Ontario
International Decade for People of African Descent
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