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Canada’s Slavery Secret

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Today we’ll take a look at Canada and its history of Black enslavement. Canada, our northern neighbor, is rarely mentioned when we talk about the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In fact, we often equate Canada with being the safe space where Blacks escaped US slavery – the final stop on the underground railroad, so to speak.

But Canada indeed has its own history of slavery – dating back to the early 1600s when the country was coined “New France” by European colonists.  The buying, selling and enslavement of Black people was practiced for two hundred years, ending only in 1834, when slavery was legally abolished throughout British North America.

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  • CBC Host: Nahlah Ayed
  • Contributor: Kyle G. Brown
  • Produced by Mary Lynk
  • Senior Producer: Nikola Luksic
  • Executive Producer: Greg Kelly
  • This program originally aired on CBC’s Radio show, Ideas.

Making Contact Staff:

  • This week’s Host and Producer: Anita Johnson
  • Staff Producers: Monica Lopez, Anita Johnson, Salima Hamirani
  • Executive Director: Sonya Green
  • Production Assistant: Emily-Rose Thorn

Music Credit:

Blue Dot Sessions – Dolly and Pad

Siddhartha – Big Blessings – Mystic Gate – Songs for the Hidden Pond (album)

Andy G. Cohen – Our Young Guts – Prisma (album)

Author: Radio Project

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