Jean Augustine PC CM CBE (born September 9, 1937) is a Grenadan-Canadian educational administrator, advocate for social justice, and politician. She is the first African-Canadian woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons and the first to serve in the federal Cabinet.
From 1993 to 2006, Augustine was a Liberal member of the Canadian House of Commons, representing the riding of Etobicoke—Lakeshore in Ontario. She served as a member of Cabinet (2002 to 2004). Before her election, she had been a school principal. Augustine served as the Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister Jean Chrétien from 1994 to 1996; she was Minister of State for multiculturalism (and the status of women) from 2002 to 2004.
Augustine was Augustine the first African-Canadian woman elected to the Parliament of Canada and the first African-Canadian woman appointed to the federal cabinet.
Currently she is the Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora is a university chair in the Faculty of Education at York University.