Black History Canada: 10 Famous and Influential Northern Neighbors
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Black History Canada: 8 Famous and Influential Northern Neighbors of Color

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Joel Anthony plays for the Detroit Pistons and is also a member of the Canadian national basketball team. He previously played for the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, and participated in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Canada. He helped lead the Canadian team to a fourth-place finish, losing in the bronze medal game to Argentina.

In Summer 2010, Anthony competed again for Canada in the 2010 FIBA World Championship, and then in 2013 he was named to the Canadian national team, playing in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.


Yvonne Atwell, is a Canadian hospital administrator and provincial politician and the first black woman elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Nova Scotia.

She worked for two decades as an administrator at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, becoming head of patient services, before returning to Nova Scotia in 1984.

She has also served as the president of the Black United Front and the African Canadian Caucus, a chair of the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Program at Dalhousie University, a member of the Metropolitan Board of Trade’s small business committee, the director of the African-Canadian Employment Clinic and as vice president of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.