"Visualizing History and Memory in the African Nova Scotian Community" in Multiple Lenses: Voices from the Diaspora Located in Canada
Black Canadian Studies is the exploration of the range of histories, experiences, contributions, perceptions, feelings, convictions, triumphs, and obstacles awaiting to be overcome, of identified Black people of African descent resident in Canada. Black Canadian Studies revolves around the agency of Black people as the subject of investigation. Their stories, their interpretations, their pride, their independence, their self determination, their challenges, their triumphs, their shortfalls and sense of freedom and justice, are at the forefront of investigation. Multiple Lenses: Voices from the Diaspora Located in Canada is an essential introduction to an understanding of the experience of Black people in Canada over a four hundred year period. Through the lenses of history, law, literature, film, music, Black community organizations, media, sports, Black spirituality, party politics, labour markets, education and lived experience, renowned commentators explore through Canadian eyes, how Black people in Canada have identified themselves, and been identified over this period. What factors influenced that process? Black people in Canada are not part of 'imagined communities' but real people with visceral connections, flesh and blood, striving to build lives under often unimaginable hardships. This book is dedicated to such Black people and their allies who, together, have fashioned meaning and hope in an often hostile environment.
Sylvia Hamilton is a Nova Scotian poet and filmmaker who has won several awards for her publications and films. Her work explores feminism, Black Canadian experiences, family, and community.
Other publications from this author include:
- And I Alone Escaped to Tell You (2014)
- "Stories from The Little Black School House" in Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation Through the Lens of Cultural Diversity (2011)
- "Searching for Portia White" in Rain/Drizzle/Fog: Film and Television in Atlantic Canada (2008)
- "A Daughter's Journey" in Canadian Woman Studies /l es cahiers de la femme, 23 (2) (2004)