This mission doesn’t place the Prairies as Black ancestral territory or homelands. To be Black on the Prairies is to be a part of a colonial legacy that begins on the ancestral lands of the First Nations and Métis folks of this area. We purpose to acknowledge Black and Indigenous peoples’ shared histories and affirm our ongoing relationships.
By 5 themes — Migration, Placing in Work, Black and Indigenous Relations, Politics and Resistance, and Black to the Future — this mission locations Black folks’s experiences on the centre of the Prairie narrative.
These tales discover the richness, complexity, depth and multiplicity of Black Prairie life — previous, current and future. They spotlight achievements and histories that affirm the affect of Black life on the Prairies and problem assumptions about its newness.
Bringing this mission to life concerned contributions from a 10-person neighborhood advisory board. They shared insights, curiosities and views, guaranteeing that Black on the Prairies authentically represents a range of experiences and histories. To them, we’re extremely grateful.
On this mission, you will discover private essays, articles, audio tales, photographs and extra. We invite you to enter by means of any door.
Welcome to Black on the Prairies.
Omayra Issa & Ify Chiwetelu
Black On The Prairies creators and mission leads