Black History in Canada

11 ACTIVITY 4.2 Black Neighbourhoods and Settlements 1. In class or at home, listen to the Hogan’s Alley episode from the A Place to Belong podcast series. As you learn about this neighbourhood, pay attention to the storytelling and the type of information being shared. How does the narrator connect the listener to the subject matter? What kind of emotion does that connection elicit from the listener, and how might that parallel the connection people living in Hogan’s Alley had to the place? What else would you like to know about Hogan’s Alley? 2. In pairs, choose one of the settlements from the list below and research its history. Consider significant people, events, buildings, and cultural roots — find the heart of the settlement. Why is this community historically significant? What does it reveal about the context in which these places were settled, and the circumstances the residents faced? What can the stories of the people who settled here reveal about Black life in Canada at this time? 3. Pretend you are a tour guide for your chosen settlement and put together a pamphlet or poster showcasing its history and what it is like today. Use what you have learned from listening to the Hogan’s Alley podcast episode to help you decide what information to include, and how to present it to your peers. 4. Place the promotional materials around the classroom. For the first 15–20 minutes, let one partner from each group explore while the other partner presents and answers questions. Then swap. Each settlement should have a unique stamp that students can receive as “proof of travel.” For your tourists to get the most out of visiting your settlement, consider getting creative with your visuals. Create a town sign, bring a prop, etc. • For the presenter: as your classmates come by, welcome your audience and act as a tour guide through the history of the settlement — be prepared to answer any questions they might have. 5. As a class, discuss similarities and differences you’ve noted between these settlements. Did they develop in similar ways? What obstacles did residents face? What does this reveal about the circumstances in which these places were settled? If any settlements stand out to you, why is that the case? Did anything surprise you during your research? Birchtown, NS Brindley Town / Digby, NS Africville, NS Cape Breton, NS Willow Grove, NB Montréal, QC Buxton (Elgin), ON Chatham, ON Toronto, ON Windsor, ON Sandwich, ON Amherstburg, ON Colchester, ON Owen Sound, ON Oakville, ON Winnipeg, MB Amber Valley, AB Maidstone, SK Victoria, BC Hogan’s Alley (Vancouver), BC Iqaluit, NU Preston, NS Oro Township / OroMedonte, ON Truro, NS Dresden, ON (Dawn Settlement) Klondikers Camp, Head of Yukon River (H.J. Woodside/Library and Archives Canada/PA-016157) Still from A Place to Belong: Hogan’s Alley podcast (Historica Canada) Hogan’s Alley, 1969 (City of Vancouver Archives) Africville (Halifax Municipal Archives/102-16N-0065.E) Locate and map the following communities, which are all places where a Black population settled.