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Tag: Black Canadians

Trudeau apologizes for Canada’s anti-Black racism during World War I
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Trudeau apologizes for Canada’s anti-Black racism during World War I

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a public apology on Saturday to the nation’s Black citizens for the racism Black Canadians were subjected to during the first World War. At a ceremony in Nova Scotia, Trudeau and Canadian officials apologized for systemic racism Black members of No. 2 Construction Battalion experienced throughout the first World War. In 1914, Black men in Canada who tried to volunteer to fight were rejected because they weren’t considered worthy since they were not White. A segregated unit was established two years later but most of the soldiers never engaged in battle because they were told they were not wanted. In a statement posted Saturday, the prime minister said: “For the blatant anti-Black hate and systemic racism that denied these men dignity in l...
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Black man sues police department in Manitoba, claims officer broke his eye socket

A Black man has filed a lawsuit against a police department in the Manitoba province after claiming his eye socket was broken by a police officer who racially profiled him. The claim was reportedly filed two week ago in Manitoba, Canada. According to the claim, the man was driving a rental car in July 2020 when he parked behind a friend's house in the alley. An officer pulled up next to him in an unmarked police SUV and asked the man several questions, which the man answered, including what he was doing there and where he was going. The claim reportedly alleges the officer then asked the man to put his hands where the officer could see them. The man complied and the officer exited his SUV, then opened the man’s door and pulled him out of the vehicle. The claim alleges when the officer...
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Google Doodle honors Black Canadian inventor Elijah McCoy

There’s nothing like seeing a spotlight on Black Excellence. Today’s Google Doodle honors Elijah McCoy on his birthday, a Black Canadian inventor who may not be widely known for his contributions to mechanical engineering. McCoy invented a patented lubrication device for steam engines that enabled trains to travel faster and for longer periods without having to stop for maintenance. McCoy’s inventions were no small contribution considering locomotives were  the dominant form of mass land transportation in the U.S. for people and cargo during the 19th century. McCoy showed interest in engineering at a young age. He was born free May 2, 1844 in Colchester, Ontario, Canada to parents who escaped enslavement in Kentucky and fled north. His parents sent him to Scotland at age 15 to lea...