black history month
tracking black canada
WHAT IS IT?
OWTA is proud to present “Tracking Black Canada, Part 2” as the topic of our upcoming Black History Month school tour. This year’s presentation will be a virtual tour and will focus on the often forgotten histories of early black communities across our country. Using OWTA’s trademark edutainment style that combines video, music, Slam Poetry, Hip Hop, stand up comedy, and audience participation/ interaction, Tracking Black Canada will delve into the histories of some of Canada forgotten black communities. The presentation will highlight the contributions made by prominent residents in those communities, and how their impact is still felt today, and illuminate the conditions that led to their systemic demise.
The presentation will run between 45 to 60 minutes, allowing for enough flexibility to accommodate school periods of varying lengths. The presentation will flow from the East Coast of Canada all the way to the West, paying special attention to the role Canadian railway played in both the geographic and economic lives of blacks in Canada.
Potential Tracking Black Canada subjects include
Amber Valley is an unincorporated community in Alberta. In 1909, a group of 160 African-American homesteaders established the community.
The Ward, Toronto
The Ward (formally St. John’s Ward) was a neighbourhood in central Toronto. In the 1850, many Black families settled in The Ward.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
The Bog was a neighbourhood in Charlottetown that was home to many formerly enslaved people that was established in the early 1800s.
2021 TOUR SCHEDULE
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