Blacks in New France

The New France era involved the French colonial rule of Canada from on or around 1600 to 1760. Slavery was legal during the era of French rule and the code noir [black code] set out restrictive and harsh conditions under which blacks lived during enslavement. Museums, research centres, students, teachers and organizations have documented historical information on this era and the links on this page represent some of the people, significant events and conditions that existed for people of African descent in New France.