We look to history to remember, to learn, and to mature. The “War to End All Wars” was survived by a generation of individuals who pioneered many of the social support systems we take for granted. They took their fight to the streets, during their own pandemic, and they fought for labour laws, for healthcare, for the right to vote, and for human rights.
There are no remaining survivors of the First World War to attest to the tragedy and senselessness of hate, intolerance, and violence against innocent people, as we witness times of change and unrest within our country and across the world once again.
At the Vimy Foundation, we are committed to doing our part to ensure that history serves as an educational tool for awareness, inclusion, and growth in the fight against anti-Black racism. Examining our own organisational structure and processes, we recognize that we too have work to do in order to embrace anti-racism as a part of our mandate. We are committed to continue working hard to foster a safe space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour within our organization and programming.
We will lend our voice and share knowledge to join in the fight against anti-Black racism. We will provide resources examining the historic roots of systemic racism and include discussions of these issues in our programming. As we support the Black community, we must also educate ourselves about the entrenchment of racism in Canada in order to make a lasting change.
Researching the History of Black Canadians
Government of Canada List of Black history organizations and educational resources
Africville Museum in Halifax, NS
Amherstburg Freedom Museum formerly the North American Black Historical Museum
BC Black History Places of Interest
Nova Scotia Museum on African Nova Scotians
Veterans Affairs’ History of Black Canadians in Uniform
Library Archives Canada resources about Black History in Canada
The National Film Board of Canada’s playlist celebrating Black Communities in Canada
The Secret Life of Canada a CBC podcast, look for the episodes on blackface, Black Nurses, Uncle Tom, the province of Jamaica, John Ware, Eleanor Collins, and Jackie Shane