QAHN Heritage Talks Online (No. 13):
Mifflin Wistar Gibbs was a pioneer in British Columbia; some would say he was “A Father of Confederation.” This African-American played a pivotal role in making sure that the American flag never flew over British Columbia. By all accounts, Gibbs was wealthy and his means allowed him to wield power and influence in early Victoria. Unlike many of British Columbia’s colonists who favoured annexation to the United States to the south, Gibbs advocated that the colony join the new Canadian Dominion to the east. In 1868, when the time came to vote at the Yale Convention, it was Mifflin Wistar Gibbs that turned the tide of the convention and BC joined Confederation.
Dr. Dorothy W. Williams is an award-winning author who specializes in Canadian Black history. Her company blacbiblio.com Inc promotes African-Canadian history and heritage using The ABC’s of Canadian Black History Kit.