What does it mean to be Black in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba? It is impossible to limit more than 200 years of recorded Black presence on the Prairies to a single definition. This project explores the themes of migration, work, Black & Indigenous relations, resistance, and the future.
CBC’s Black on the Prairies places Blackness in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba at the centre of the country’s story. The Black experience on the Prairies is a vast landscape that stretches from the lives of early Black settlers and Black people on the Prairies today.
The CBC project Black on the Prairies began with a conversation among colleagues in the spring of 2020. Through five themes — Migration, Putting in Work, Black and Indigenous Relations, Politics and Resistance, and Black to the Future — this project places Black people's experiences at the centre of the Prairie narrative.
Eleanor Collins was the first Canadian woman, the first Alberta woman, and the first Black entertainer in Canada to have her own national television show. This article discusses her many achievements. Video and audio files are included in the article.
Filmmaker Cheryl Foggo on her quest to re-examine the mythology surrounding John Ware, the Black cowboy who settled in Alberta, Canada, before the turn of the 20th century. Foggo’s research uncovers who this iconic figure might have been, and what his legacy means in terms of anti-Black racism, both past and present. Note: This film contains explicit language. Viewer discretion is advised.
At the turn of the century, many Black families in Oklahoma wanted to escape the state’s racial violence and discrimination for a new start in Canada’s “Last Best West.” To stem the tide of Black immigration, the government began a secret campaign of disinformation.
By happy accident, Senator Paula Simons went to the Amber Valley area recently, she met the Wolska-Chaney family, on their search for their own Amber Valley ancestors. Together, they discovered more than they expected, about Alberta's unique Black history.
This short documentary film documents Amber Valley, one of the first all-Black settlements in Canada. Arriving in 1909, the pioneers of this community battled the elements and racism to not only survive but thrive.
In 1914, Charles Daniels entered a Calgary theatre with a paid ticket. He was denied his seat because he was Black. In this little-known civil rights story, Daniels reminds us that history is full of forgotten heroes.