Historic African Nova Scotian settlements tell a long-neglected story of anti-black racism in Canada. Through storytelling, we aim to document the African Nova Scotian lived experience and how understanding our past can control future narratives. On a journey of discovery, Shawn Smith and Laurice Downey present Loyalist Connections: Est. 1783. They are determined to shed light on these lost and disappearing communities, discuss why these communities are not recognized, and what these collapses tell us about the historic and modern systemic racism faced today.
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The Loyalist Connections Creative Society is committed to building self-esteem and identity within our communities by educating and documenting our ancestors’ historic resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit to dispel racist historical narratives and address anti-racism. We strive to equip the next generation with essential skills and development opportunities, with a particular focus on giving a voice to those who have been historically overlooked.
We will leverage big data and multimedia resources to capture and share first-voice historical narratives that highlight the unique nature and conditions of the Black and African Nova Scotian Experience.