History

We are committed to giving black women and families the resources they need to thrive. The programs of NCBWF improve the lives of women and girls in our local communities.

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Did you know that there were four black politicians in the history of British Columbia? Govenor James Douglas in 1858, Mifflin Wistar Gibbs, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Emery Barnes and Rosemary Brown the first black woman elected to a Canadian Provincial Legislature.

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Mary Ann Shadd Cary arrived in Canada at the time of the Underground Railroad to teach the children of arriving refugees and distribute anti-slavery materials. She was a woman of many talents. Mary Ann Shadd Cary earned her law degree at the end of the American Civil War and worked as a lawyer,... Read more

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Rosemary Brown was elected to the provincial legislature of British Columbia in 1972, becoming the first black woman in Canadian history to be a member of a Canadian parliamentary body. A busy mother of three as well as an active member of the New Democratic Party, she ran for leadership of the... Read more

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Viola Davis Desmond (1914–1965) was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was an African-Canadian who ran her own beauty parlor and beauty college in Halifax. On November 8, 1946, while waiting for her car to be repaired, she decided to go see a movie in the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow. She... Read more