Statement By Ontario Premier Dalton Mcguinty On Black History Month
Black History Month is an important opportunity for all Ontarians to celebrate the rich history, culture and heritage of the black community, and to pay tribute to the valuable contributions black Canadians -- past and present -- have made to our great province.
We celebrate people who have helped build a stronger, healthier and more prosperous province for us all -- people like Anderson R. Abbott, the first Canadian-born black doctor; Wilson Brooks, the first black school principal in Toronto; or reverend Addie Aylestock, the first black woman minister in Canada.
And we celebrate our province's present-day diversity by honouring all of those who have come to Ontario from the Caribbean, South America, Africa, Europe and all regions around the world.
As festivities take place across the province this month, I urge all Ontarians to join the black community in reflecting on the legacy of the great black pioneers who have gone before us, the enormous potential that resides in the diversity of our province today and the promise of a prosperous future together.
This is an ideal opportunity to learn more about who we are and, just as importantly, to better appreciate what we can be, when we learn from each other and work together.
For more information on the history of the black community in Ontario, visit the Archives of Ontario website at