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Thursday, February 25 • 9:00am - Friday, March 12 • 3:00pm
110 Years in Alberta – Black History is Canadian History

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Descendants of African Americans have been in Alberta for four generations. Our presentation will give you a taste of the history of blacks in Alberta and a context of the struggles and the diversity that is inherent in the black students in your classrooms.

BSAS (Black Settlers of Alberta and Saskatchewan) Historical society was formed to educate, promote and officially recognize the historic role black settlers played in pioneering the lands that would become western Canada.


Deborah Beaver

Black History is Canadian History
I am a fourth generation descendant of the black settlers that left the Southern US due to racial segregation. My paternal grandfather homesteaded at Campsie Alberta, which is near Barrhead, and my Dad farmed on that homestead for 50 plus years until he sold it and moved to town... Read More →

Patricia Darbasie

Black History is Canadian History
A graduate of the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting and MFA Directing programs, Pat’s been a part of the Edmonton theatre community for a long time. She is a two time Sterling award winner and in 2001 Pat started writing plays; Carnival Magic, Ribbon, a play about black settlers... Read More →

Dr. Jennifer Kelly

Black History is Canadian History
Dr. Jennifer Kelly is a retired professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta.She has a PhD in Education with a specialization in Theory Culture and InternationalStudies in Education. Her areas of research are sociology of education, race,racialization, social formation of... Read More →

Thursday February 25, 2021 9:00am - Friday March 12, 2021 3:00pm MST
Pre-recorded Session