The usage of monuments dates back millennia as an ode to history and important people who have passed away. But they don't always represent the best parts of history or even the truth about our history.
New Monuments is an hour-long original film that blends activism and art around issues related to Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour (IBPOC) communities with music, while tracing the story of Canada from its earliest history all the way up to the present day. What does the future hold? Over 40 internationally recognized IBPOC Toronto talents will give us an exhilarating tour of history, working alongside homegrown talents. The movie will premiere at Luminato Festival Toronto and will be streamed on CBC Gem on October 15, 2021.
PHOTO: Nigel Gordijk’s grandparents were from Suriname (Dutch Guiana), and moved to Guyana (British Guiana), where they raised their family. The young child is their grandson, Jimmy.
A casual conversation with someone I barely knew led to discoveries about my missing Surinamese heritage, including my enslaved great-great-grandmother.
All across the world, millions of parents find themselves thrust into the role of ‘teacher’. Yet, let me state unequivocally that you are not your child’s substitute teacher. Your home is not a school and your focus shouldn’t be on ensuring your child doesn’t “fall behind”. This is not the time to compound uncertainty with learning anxiety.
Raising a Black child in Canada can be quite a challenge. One of the things I’ve been struggling with is how do you teach a child to navigate a system that wasn’t designed for them.
2019 has been named The Year Of The Return by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo. During a September 2018 event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., he said the “time is right” for people of African descent to make the journey back, with Ghana leading the way with its open arms.
This Ontario election seemed like we had more Black candidates stepping up to the plate than ever before. And the result ended up with some historic wins for our community.
When it opens May 4, the Underground Railroad Heritage Center in Niagara Falls will become one of the nation's historical sites to commemorate the journey of freedom seekers to Canada.
Halifax's new poet laureate says everybody has a tale to tell, and for the next two years the accomplished scholar, author and social justice advocate says she'll work to uncover residents' untold stories.
On April 6th 2018, I had the opportunity and privilege to present an oral paper and submit a poster presentation at the, “Remember Me-The Changing Face of Memorialization” Conference (April 4th to 7th), in Hull, UK.