Under a Northern Star

Under a Northern Star presents seven collections at Library and Archives Canada that document the experiences of African Canadians. These historical papers and photographs reveal the life and work of people who fought against slavery and racism.


Overview of the seven collections

Read Dr. Afua Cooper's essay on the importance of digitizing and researching these seven collections.

Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia

Search the databases for the names of Black Loyalists who settled in Nova Scotia, and read their history.

Sir James Douglas, colonial governor

Learn the history of Sir James Douglas's role in bringing Black settlers from San Francisco to British Columbia, and explore his letters and journals.

Reverend William King and the Elgin settlement

Read a history of King and the Elgin settlement, King's autobiography and papers, and documents about the founding of this Ontario settlement.

Africville, Nova Scotia: A community displaced

View photographs, read a historical essay written by a former resident, and read documents regarding its relocation.

Mary Ann Shadd Cary, abolitionist

Explore the records documenting Cary's abolitionist activities and personal life. Read an essay on her life and work written by her great-great-grandniece.

Railway employees

Search the databases for employees of the Intercolonial Railway, the Prince Edward Island Railway, and the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Green Thurman, runaway slave

Read the story of the escaped slave Green Thurman as recorded by a resident of Lucan, Ontario.

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