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Making History and Commemorating African Canadian Heritage - A Life in the Public Eye

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Jean Augustine, a native of Grenada, in 1993 became the first African Canadian woman elected to Canada's federal Parliament, and then the first to serve in the Cabinet. Dr. Augustine will describe her immigration to Canada as a domestic, her subsequent acquisition of a university degree and her career in education, which led to being appointed one of the earliest Black school principals in Canada. In a political career lasting more than 17 years, Dr. Augustine served in a number of very senior posts, including Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien; Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women; and Deputy Speaker of the House of Parliament. She has taken the lead in ensuring that the achievements of African Canadians are memorialized at the federal and subsequently the provincial government level, including spearheading the all-party motion that made February Canada's Black History Month, and most recently, in 2007, chairing the Bicentenary Committee for the Commemoration of the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Dr. Augustine will speak to the role played by African Canadians in the Canadian society and economy over the past four centuries, and the ways in which their role in nation-building are being memorialized today.
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Augustine, Jean. "Making History and Commemorating African Canadian Heritage - A Life in the Public Eye" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436295_index.html>

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Augustine, J. "Making History and Commemorating African Canadian Heritage - A Life in the Public Eye" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436295_index.html

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Abstract: Jean Augustine, a native of Grenada, in 1993 became the first African Canadian woman elected to Canada's federal Parliament, and then the first to serve in the Cabinet. Dr. Augustine will describe her immigration to Canada as a domestic, her subsequent acquisition of a university degree and her career in education, which led to being appointed one of the earliest Black school principals in Canada. In a political career lasting more than 17 years, Dr. Augustine served in a number of very senior posts, including Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien; Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women; and Deputy Speaker of the House of Parliament. She has taken the lead in ensuring that the achievements of African Canadians are memorialized at the federal and subsequently the provincial government level, including spearheading the all-party motion that made February Canada's Black History Month, and most recently, in 2007, chairing the Bicentenary Committee for the Commemoration of the Abolition of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Dr. Augustine will speak to the role played by African Canadians in the Canadian society and economy over the past four centuries, and the ways in which their role in nation-building are being memorialized today.


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