Black history refers to the stories, experiences, and accomplishments of people of African origin. Black history did not begin in recent times in Canada, but in ancient times in Africa. People connected by their common African history and ancestry have created Black history here. The African-Canadian population is made up of individuals from a range of places across the globe including the United States, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Canada.
In the past, African-Canadians were referred to by many different terms, some of which indicated their legal status. They may have been called negroes, or coloured people. During enslavement, they may have been called slaves "having no ownership of oneself " or Creoles "having familiarity with more than one culture." Today, Black people in Canada primarily refer to themselves as Black (a political or cultural concept, not just an adjective) or as African-Canadian (among other possible terms including AfriCanadian and African-Nova Scotian or Jamaican-Canadian).