The first Black woman to lead a national political party in Canada Annamie Paul, has emerged.

This development occurred when Toronto lawyer Paul was Saturday named head of the Green Party, becoming

According to AFP, the 47-year-old mother of two, the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean, described herself as a “descendant of slaves.”

After the announcement of the results of the internal ballot in Ottawa, Paul hailed her victory as a “historic moment” during her speech.

“We have done something that has never been done before in Canadian politics,” said the Jewish lawyer, who has reported being the victim of anti-Semitic attacks on social media.

Speaking further in her speech Paul who succeeds Elizabeth May, who led the Greens for 13 years before stepping down at the end of 2019, following a federal legislative election where her party won only three seats in the House of Commons also disclosed that she was ready to support indigenous peoples in particular in their fight against systemic racism within the police. She said,  “Colonialism has robbed me of my original identity,”

Paul said that under her leadership the party would have two priorities: building a social security net for all Canadians and tackling “the existential crisis of our time, which is the climate emergency.”