Zanana Akande: The First Black Woman Cabinet Minister
Zanana Akande was elected to the Ontario legislature in September 1990 and became the first Black woman cabinet minister in Canada.
In the interview, Sue talks to Zanana about her path to power, her accomplishments and her disappointments in office. It covers Zanana’s fascinating youth growing up in Toronto, her initiative to start the first journal by women of colour called Tiger Lily and her work to achieve the groundbreaking employment equity legislation in Ontario.
with Zanana Akande
interviewed by Sue Colley
Material From the Archive
- Letter re: Ontario’s Employment Equity Legislation
- Equal Pay Coalition of Ontario
- OWAC News Bulletin – Vol. 2, No. 1 – June 1991
- Tiger Lily: A Journal by Women of Colour
- Celebrate the Vision -20th Anniversary of the Kay Livingstone Award Event
- National Congress of Black Women Brochure
Material from the Web
This project has been made possible in part by Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program.