Yoruba Canadians

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Yoruba Canadians
Total population
5,340 (2011 Canadian Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia
Languages
Yoruba, English, French
Religion
Christianity, Islam, Yoruba religion
Related ethnic groups
Yoruba people, Nigerian Canadians, Black Canadians, Yoruba Americans, Nigerian Americans, Beninese Americans, African Americans

Yoruba Canadians are Canadians of Yoruba descent. The Yoruba people are an ethnic group of southwestern Nigeria and southern Benin in West Africa. According to the 2006 Census by Statistics Canada, people of Yoruba origin or descent numbered approximately 5,340 but exact population estimates are most likely far greater.[2] The earliest Yoruba settlers in Canada were descendants of slaves transported to North America, Latin America and the Caribbean through the Atlantic slave trade. This resulted in a sizable proportion of Yoruba Canadians descending from African American slaves while recent migrants come directly from West Africa.[2][3]

Notable Yoruba-Canadians

See also

References

  1. ^ "2011 National Household Survey". statcan.gc.ca. 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b Toyin Falola; Ann Genova (2005). Yoruba Creativity: Fiction, Language, Life and Songs. Africa World Press. p. 134. ISBN 978-1-592-2133-68. 
  3. ^ Elizabeth Temitope Adefarakan. Yoruba-Speaking Peoples of the Slave Coast of West Africa: Their Religion, Manners, Customs, Laws, Language, etc. (Yoruba Indigenous Knowledges in the African Diaspora: Knowledge, Power and the Politics of Indigenous Spirituality). 

External links

  • "Yorubas in North America". 
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