Black African History – Africville (Nova Scotia, Canada)

Africville, Nova Scotia The following documentary titled Remember Africville (1991), available on the National Film Board of Canada site, recounts the history of a small black settlement called Africville, located within the seaside city limits of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The settlement was a racially isolated area established in the 1830s by population of African descent – former slaves, escaped slaves and free people, often Black loyalists – whom played a founding role in the settling of Nova Scotia seeking employment and a better life. The community of Africville grew in the 1900s… Read More

Professor Maria Subtelny Public Lecture: “Rules for Rulers: Political Ethics in Medieval Islam” on November 20th 2014

Dalhousie University, Mackay History Lecture Series, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The 2014 Mackay History Lecture series will feature on November 20th 2014 a public lecture by internationally renowned Professor Maria Subtelny (Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto). The lecture is entitled “Rules for Rulers: Political Ethics in Medieval Islam”. She will be speaking on the history and culture of medieval Iran and Islam. For more information about the lecture, please visit the Mackay History Lecture website. Professor Subtelny received her PhD degree from Harvard University and has been teaching… Read More

First Nations Director, Alanis Obomsawin

In this featured post, the spotlight is on acclaimed and distinguished First Nations Director, Producer and Order of Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin and her celebrated body of work in the last 40 years. In one of her latest interviews (with Q), Alanis spoke of her recent documentaries Hi-Ho Mistahey! and The People of the Kattawapiskak River / Le peuple de la rivière Kattawapiskak and in particular of the sacredness of listening in her approach to capture the dignity that even the most impoverished people and communities like Kattawapiskak have found in their… Read More

Holberg 2014 Ceremony and Lecture: Dr. Michael Cook, Princeton University

At this Holberg Award Ceremony and Lecture, 2014 Holberg prize recipient Historian Michael Cook spoke of his work on the history of the Islamic world and Islam in history. In his brief presentation, Cook gave a rare inflective autobiographical sketch into his early ventures in archeology and how other early formative “mental habits” impacted his work as a British historian. The task of the historian, much like that of the archeologist, he described, is to “reconstitute the past from the fragmentary evidence that survives from it”. 

Justice Murray Sinclair At the Symposium on Reconciliation

Chair, Truth and Reconciliation Commission. At the Centre for First Nations Governance Click here for the video. In the following selection of presentations for the 2011 Symposium on Reconciliation, Justice Murray Sinclair’s lecture spoke about the meaning of reconciliation in Canada and his work as Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Reconciliation, Justice Sinclair notes, is a non-Aboriginal problem as much as to Aboriginal one because it is something that not only happened to Aboriginal people but it is also something that “Canada did to itself”. It is important… Read More