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Black History Month 2021

Black History Month 2021

February 23, 2021 at 1:23 pm

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada from 2005 to 2010 Michaëlle Jean was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1957. She was educated at home because her parents, Roger and Luce, did not want her to attend school, where she would have to swear allegiance to dictator François “Papa Doc” Duvalier. In 1968, she immigrated to Canada with her parents, fleeing the dictatorial regime of François Duvalier. Jean studied comparative literature at theRead More

William Edward Hall (VC)

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Black History Month 2021

February 16, 2021 at 4:26 pm

William Edward Hall Victoria Cross recipient William Hall was born in 1827 in Horton, Nova Scotia, the youngest of seven children. His parents, Jacob and Lucy Hall, were former enslaved Americans who had come to Nova Scotia as a result of the War of 1812. Hall grew up on the family farm beside the Avon River, and it is believed that he received some training in navigation, a subject that was being taught to youngRead More

The Honourable Jean Augustine.

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Black History Month 2021

February 9, 2021 at 12:12 pm

The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander was born in 1922 in Toronto. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, between 1942 and 1945. He was educated at Hamilton’s McMaster University where he graduated in Arts, and Toronto’s Osgoode Hall School of Law where he passed the bar examination in 1965. Mr. Alexander was appointed a Queen’s Counsel and became a partner in a Hamilton lawRead More

Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, marks Black History Month 2021

February 2, 2021 at 12:44 pm

February 1, 2021 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces “Black History Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the accomplishments of Black Canadians. For the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Department of National Defence (DND), we remember the contributions that Black Defence Team members, both military and civilian, have made throughout Canada’s history. As the Minister of National Defence, I am proud to recognize their brave service. “This year’s themeRead More

Henry Langdon (left) and Ernie Hunter view radiographic X-ray inspection results in 1957. Trans Canada Airlines (later Air Canada) hired Henry Langdon in 1945 as an aero engine mechanic and he later became an aircraft inspector with the company. 
Photo: International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Photograph Collection, 
Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University

Henry J. Langdon: An RCAF, industry and union pioneer

February 26, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Major Mathias Joost During the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Air Force maintained high standards for those it enlisted during the conflict. This is reflected in the achievements of many of the Black-Canadians who served in the RCAF during the war – for instance, four became lawyers post-war. To cite another example, one with a post-war RCAF tie, Henry Langdon had an outstanding career in the civil aviation maintenance field. Henry Johnson Langdon wasRead More

Major Wally Peters was the Royal Canadian Air Force’s first Black fighter jet pilot. Among his achievements was becoming a Canadian Armed Forces advisor to the UN on the tactical movement of troops by air and the CAF’s first human rights officer. He also flew with the famed Snowbirds aerobatic team in 1981 and 1982.

Black History Month – Recruits of Quality

February 19, 2019 at 8:02 am

Major Mathias Joost February is Black History Month. In this article, we examine the challenges that several Black Canadians conquered to become members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, their contributions to the Air Force and Canada, and their tremendous achievements during and following their military service. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) has always attempted to select the best possible candidates from among Canadian society. In the period before the Second World War thereRead More