Black History Month Profile - Jean Augustine
After a career advocating for social justice as the principal of an elementary school and as a volunteer with the Hospital for Sick Children and the Metro Toronto Housing Authority, Jean Augustine became the first Black woman elected as a Canadian Member of Parliament in 1993. Augustine held many roles during her time as an MP, including Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Status of Women and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Augustine was the author of a motion—which passed unanimously—recognizing February as Black History Month in Canada.
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Portrait by the Office of the Fairness Commissioner