Resources To Help You Celebrate Black History Month Canada 2018

Black history is about sharing the achievements and  struggles of those of African descent in Canada and around the world.

For those who really want to immerse themselves in the fascinating stories of strength and courage here are some resources, most of which  are specific to Ontario, Canada.

Here is a gem of a film, by Jennifer Holness and David Sutherland, Speakers for the Dead which captures the intriguing history of  small town in southern Ontario where the dead tell tales:


When you finish the documentary you may want to explore the history further.  here are some links:

Grey County Museum

102599 Grey County Rd 18, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5N6


Uncle Tom’s Cabin

29251 Uncle Tom’s Road
Dresden, Ontario
N0P 1M0


Black History Cairn

Guelph Black History Society

St. Catherines Museum

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6 thoughts on “Resources To Help You Celebrate Black History Month Canada 2018

  1. This is brilliant Judith – what you said about our physical differences – that is a very succinct explanation of why we are all different colours. Can I quote that on my FB page please if I credit your blog? When I watched the film the first time, I was in bed watching it on my iPad and I was quite tired, but I watched it all again through the TV and it had even more impact on me. The blind ignorance of some of the older people (not all, a couple of them were great) was breath-taking. There was an awful smugness in one older man which I am sure was endemic in much of the population. The baseball plate made from a grave stone is SO upsetting – how could anyone ever think that was ok? It’s criminal that people’s lives were so devalued when all they were doing was living with hopes and dreams like everyone has AND has the right to have! Was your family affected by this Priceville situation? Hope you and your daughter are well. Love to you.xx

    1. Of course you can quote me Gilly! I am pleased that you want to share this story. Thank you for wanting to share it with your FB fans. I noticed the smugness in the movie too. The ones who were more understanding made me wonder if their family names would have turned up on the gravestones that were completely destroyed. To think that people are afraid of others finding out that they may be related to human beings who happen to have a different skin colour is beyond ridiculous in this day and age. Especially when they were hard working people just trying to raise their families. I believe there were similar comments around the Princes’ fiancé, Meghan Markle.

      Years ago I lived in a town nearby to Priceville, and the first hint I had that there had been a black community in the area was when a resident told me that his mother remembered a “darkie” school in the area. He made it seem very hush hush. I found this particularly interesting as it was Black History month at the time and my children had came home from school and told me they played Beyoncé over the P,A. system that morning for Black Hstory month. I remember thinking – You had a black community story to tell very close to home and you play Beyoncé.

      My daughter and I are doing well and we are immersed in positive healing energy, we work on the physical and spiritual healing and she is improving every day. And as things settle I will share the incredible insights I am gaining into anoxic brain injury and how the brain heals itself as well as the trials and tribulations of being an advocate and caregiver. Love to you

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  3. This film truly is a gem Judith. It was very uncomfortable to watch but, compelling at the same time. The black people who spoke in the film were all so quietly spoken and dignified, despite the appalling treatment of their ancestors by whites who gave themselves privileges. When you think deeply into all of this, you get a sense of the unbearable pain that people must have suffered at the hands of bigots and all because their skin contained more pigment than some other skins. How can the various graduations of skin colour cause such monumental injustices in the world? And for so long. In my own family, going back to my grandmother and great grandmother’s time, there was dreadful racial prejudice that I still remember. Thankfully the ignorance died out with them. What should unite us all is our humanity – race is secondary to the humanity we ALL have in common. Thank you for putting this film on here Judith, I was shocked by it as I never knew this went on in Ontario. Small minds and greed – so so sad.

    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comments Gilly. You put is so well, “What should unite us all is our humanity..” I agree. I have always believed there is one race – the human race. Our physical differences are only responses to the original environments that we found ourselves in as humans populated the earth. Unfortunately, the story of prejudice was much the same across Canada for that time period, and continues today in pockets where the black community has a strong presence. As long as we each do our part to eradicate such nonsense there is hope.

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