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Historical

Archives Ontario [Website]
www.archives.gov.on.ca/english/on-line-exhibits/index-black-history.aspx
Provides extensive information about historical events with primary documents and photographs of historical figures. Reference is made to The Enslavement of Africans in Upper Canada and The Ontario Bicentenary Exhibition: The Act to Abolish the British Slave Trade, traveling exhibits produced by the Government of Ontario to mark the 200th anniversary of the 1807 Act to abolish slavery.

Black History Portal [Website]
www.pc.gc.ca/culture/mhn-bhm/index_e.asp
Material related to Black Canadian history and heritage and a link to Parks Canada Underground Railroad sites.

National Archives [Website]
www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/anti-slavery/index-e.html
Biographical sketches of historical figures connected to the Anti-Slavery Society. Provides pictures, maps and other visuals as well as the sources of the archival documents. Copies of primary documents can be viewed on this site.

On-Line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies [Website]
www.royalprovincial.com/military/black/black.htm
Explores the history of the first free Black settlement in Canada. Includes primary source documents, pictures, and other archival information. Also information and personal stories about individual Black loyalists who were living in that community at the time.

Virtual Museum of Canada with archival documents [Website]
www.virtualmuseum.ca/blackhistory/OnTheRoadNorth.html
Site has historical images, photos, and other archival documents.

Black History Canada [Website]
Blackhistorycanada.ca/topic.php?id=158&themeid=7
Outlines contributions of African Canadians who were groundbreakers and pioneers in politics, law, medicine, education, and community affairs. Comprehensive listing of scholars, members who held public office, and heads of organizations, with reference to further sources of information.

Notable Black People [Website]
www.Blackmontreal.com/id791.htm
Listing of notable contemporary Black people includes African-Americans, scientists and inventors, Black Canadians and Blacks in Britain.

Senator Donald Oliver - Nova Scotia: Black History and Culture [Website]
www.senatordonaldoliver.ca
Background on the establishment of Black History Month and Abolition of Slavery legislation. Includes a listing of the accomplishments of many African Canadians citing their names and contributions.

Mysteries of Canada: Ten Famous Black Canadians
www.mysteriesofcanada.com/Canada/black_canadians.htm
Features sketches of ten famous Canadians, providing a springboard for research on the contributions of African Canadians.

Famous African Canadians [Website]
www.r-go.ca/famous_african_canadians.htm
Contains a listing of African Canadians organized in alphabetical order.

Famous Black Canadians [Website]
schools.ccrsb.ednet.ns.ca/tmhs/famous_Black_canadians.htm
This school site from Nova Scotia provides comprehensive links to famous Black Canadians.

List of Black Canadians [Website]
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Black_Canadians
Provides a listing of Black Canadians under headings of Actors and directors; Athletes; Musicians; Politicians, public servants, and soldiers; Writers, journalists, and broadcasters; Scholars and scientists; Artists; and Other historical figures. It also includes a list of multiracial black Canadians.

Contemporary

Virtual Museum of Canada with archival documents [Website]
www.virtualmuseum.ca/blackhistory/OnTheRoadNorth.html
Site has historical images, photos, and other archival documents.

Black History Canada [Website]
Blackhistorycanada.ca/topic.php?id=158&themeid=7
Outlines contributions of African Canadians who were groundbreakers and pioneers in politics, law, medicine, education, and community affairs. Comprehensive listing of scholars, members who held public office, and heads of organizations, with reference to further sources of information.

Senator Donald Oliver - Nova Scotia: Black History and Culture [Website]
www.senatordonaldoliver.ca
Background on the establishment of Black History Month and Abolition of Slavery legislation. Includes a listing of the accomplishments of many African Canadians citing their names and contributions.

Mysteries of Canada: Ten Famous Black Canadians
www.mysteriesofcanada.com/Canada/black_canadians.htm
Features sketches of ten famous Canadians, providing a springboard for research on the contributions of African Canadians.

Famous African Canadians [Website]
www.r-go.ca/famous_african_canadians.htm
Contains a listing of African Canadians organized in alphabetical order.

Famous Black Canadians [Website]
schools.ccrsb.ednet.ns.ca/tmhs/famous_Black_canadians.htm
This school site from Nova Scotia provides comprehensive links to famous Black Canadians.

List of Black Canadians [Website]
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Black_Canadians
Provides a listing of Black Canadians under headings of Actors and directors; Athletes; Musicians; Politicians, public servants, and soldiers; Writers, journalists, and broadcasters; Scholars and scientists; Artists; and Other historical figures. It also includes a list of multiracial black Canadians.

Who's Who in Black Canada [Website]
www.whoswhoinBlackcanada.com/links.html
Description of Black success and excellence in Canada, and also further background on the Black Church in Canada, People of note in Owen Sound and Guelph. Links to other provinces and links to Black Heritage.

Authors and Storytellers

Itah Sadu
746 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON, M5S 2R6
Tel: 416-538-0889   Fax: 416-538-6914
Email: info@adifferentbooklist.com  Web: www.adifferentbooklist.com
Itah Sadu is an award winning author, storyteller, and owner of a Toronto bookstore, A Different Booklist. Itah Sadu uses stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and North America to explore issues of race, equality, and gender.
Books: Christopher, Please Clean Up Your Room!; Christopher Changes His Name; Name Calling; How The Coconut Got Its Face; A Touch of the Zebras (Canadian Children's Book Centre Choice).

Richardo Keens-Douglas
c/o Annick Press Toronto: 15 Patricia Avenue, Toronto, ON, M2M 1H9
c/o Annick Press Vancouver: 341 Water Street, Suite 200, Vancouver, BC, V6B 1B8
Web: www.annickpress.com
Richardo Keens-Douglas is a playwright, national radio and television host, actor, storyteller and author. He provides storytelling or storytelling combined with drama workshops. His books for young children explore the African-Caribbean experience and celebrate family.
Books: The Nutmeg Princess, 1992; La Diablesse and the Baby, 1994; Freedom Child of the Sea, 1995; Grandpa's Visit, 1996; Tales From the Isle of Spice: A Collection of New Caribbean Folk Tales, 2004.

Rita Cox
801-65 Southport St., Toronto, ON, M6S 3N6
Tel: 416-762-7113   Fax: 416-762-7791   Email: rcox408@rogers.com
Rita was Children's Librarian and head of the Parkdale Branch of the Toronto Public Library and a member of Mariposa in the Schools. She has been on the board of the Storytellers School of Toronto and has served as chairperson. Her stories have appeared in many anthologies and school readers. Rita tells stories from the Caribbean, Africa, and around the world. She uses books and story to encourage children to pursue their hopes and dreams, and appreciate their diverse cultural heritage.

Dick "Syncona" Smith
Email: dick@syncona.com   Web: www.syncona.com
Dick Smith & Syncona feature an interactive program of folk and contemporary songs and rhythms, including music from Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica and variety of instruments (bass, guitar, steel drums, and other percussion). The site highlights some of the school performances of this group. Dick Smith is member of the team that founded Caribana and is a member of Mariposa in the Schools. He was lead percussionist for Mirvish productions of the Lion King, as well as Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and Beetlejuice.

Charmaine Lurch
Email: contact@charmainelurch.com   Web: www.charmainelurch.com
Charmaine Lurch is a visual artist, illustrator of many children's books and textbooks. She encourages students to create visually, and to express their identity through presentation and writing. She incorporates Afro-centric themes into her programs of Canadian Black Pioneers.

Adrian Harewood
Email: adriantlp@yahoo.com
Adrian Harewood is a freelance writer broadcaster and speaker. He has hosted programs on radio and television (CBC Radio's "The Current," and CBC Newsworld's "Counterspin.")