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Thursday, February 24 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Black Lives in Alberta: Over a Century of Racial Injustice Continues

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An ASPEN Foundation for Labour Education and SCMR sponsored event presenting a unique 2021 produced youth featured documentary and teaching resource that is focused on the historical and present day African American Western Canadians who are all but absent from Alberta's social studies curriculum. Knowledge of the resource’s content will equip educators with a foundational tool that is Alberta based, relevant and historically significant to understanding today’s racial climate. This information will equip teachers to help instill a deeper sense of belonging for those visible African diaspora children and as well as other racialized persons.

The documentary, Black Lives in Alberta: Over a Century of Racial Injustice Continues, seeks to rectify this historical omission, by bringing to light the original immigrant’s little-known history through the recollections of their descendants. We will learn about how the original African-American immigrant communities overcame adversity, resisted measures to exploit and control them and made significant contributions to Alberta’s society and culture. Most importantly, the documentary provides insights about the attitudes and beliefs that were prevalent at the time—ones that are the foundation of anti-Black racism that persists today.

The resource is full of background information to build teacher knowledge and contains a wide variety of activities for full student engagement and learning.

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Deborah Dobbins

/Black Lives in Alberta, Aspen Foundation and Shiloh Centre For Multicultural Roots
Deborah Dobbins, a cultural and special education consultant, is a 3rd generation African American Albertan whose grandparents immigrated to Alberta in the early 1900’s from Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri, Texas. She is the President and CEO of Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots... Read More →

Thursday February 24, 2022 10:45am - 12:00pm MST
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