Black history is Alberta’s history. In this exhibit explore the formation of Alberta’s Black communities from the late 1800s through to the early 1970s. Although Black peoples encountered racism in Alberta they were also active and assertive in challenging such instances.
This site explores how Canada became the home of the first settlements of free blacks outside Africa.
A Black American Missionary in Canada by Hilary Bates Neary (Editor)
Publication Date: 2022-11-15
Lewis Champion Chambers was born enslaved in Maryland, and purchased his freedom as a young man before moving to Canada West in 1854; there he farmed and served as a pastor and missionary until 1868. Between 1858 and 1867 he wrote nearly one hundred letters to the American Missionary Association in New York, describing the progress of his work and the challenges faced by his community. Chambers's letters provide a rare perspective on the everyday lives of Black settlers during a formative period in Canadian history.
This website explores the "past, present and future of Black Prairie life through the themes of Migration, Putting in Work, Black and Indigenous Relations, Politics and Resistance, and Black to the Future."
The Black Prairie Archives by Karina Vernon (Editor)
Publication Date: 2020-02-19
This anthology collects varied and unique work by writers who were both conscious and unconscious of themselves as black writers or as "prairie" people. Their letters, recipes, oral literature, autobiographies, rap, and poetry- provide vivid glimpses into the reality of their lived experiences and give meaning to them.
The site aims to decolonize slavery archives. Online since 2009, this platform allows you to query a new and evolving corpus composed of more than 20,000 documents relating to one of the main forms of resistance to slavery - escape.