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

The Need for a National Public Inquiry on Canada’s Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

In a panel discussion on Canada’s Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women for The Agenda, Michèle Audette – president of NWAC – provided an impassionate answer as to why Aboriginal women in Canada have been the target of violence. For us at ©Integrating Horizons, Michèle’s response captures the essence as well as the urgency for a National Public Inquiry in Canada on missing and murdered Aboriginal women. For us at [Aboriginal women are targeted because of] discrimination, racism, being marginalized every day, extreme poverty facing in the community or urban setting, the vulnerability that got us close to the violence,… 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

Justice Murray Sinclair on “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada”

Justice Murray Sinclair on “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada” Commission Chair, Justice Murray Sinclair In the following interview, Justice Murray Sinclair speaks about his role as Chair and Head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) and what the history of the residential schools means not only to Aboriginal peoples but also for Canada. One of the important tasks of the TRC, he notes, is to provide a space for survivors to feel that they are being listened to in a serious way and that their stories are… Read More