Spotlighting and Promoting African Canadian Experiences

space logo emailS.P.A.C.E. (Spotlighting and Promoting African Canadian Experiences) is an initiative of The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migration of African Peoples at York University. It is a collaborative research and social innovation programme for collecting and providing access to individual and collective memories and contemporary records about members of the African Diaspora in Canada.

As part of the Harriet Tubman Institute, this initiative aims to conduct and facilitate research on the experiences of Africans and persons of African descent in Canada. It aims to become a repository for the individual and collective memories as well as a contemporary record of African Canadian experiences both in the form of texts (written material) and testimonies (oral and visual sources). As such, we have begun to identify, acquire, archive and provide access to materials on African Canadian experiences. These experiences are being gathered from multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives and are being sought from as many individuals and groups as possible, with the aim of providing a portal for the many voices within African Canadian communities.

As part of the Tubman Institute at York University, we have started to establish partnerships with scholars, community researchers, institutions and organizations already working in this area and with those who would like to do so. As an initiative that is deeply invested in the communities we hope to continue to serve, we are establishing links with individuals, groups, institutions and organizations across Canada whose personal and community knowledge about and/or interest in African Canadian experiences make them indispensable partners in this quest. By these means we are creating a network of partners, a space where persons interested in African Canadian experiences can discuss their visions and concerns; through this S.P.A.C.E. Network, we hope to build a chorus of voices which, although different in their volumes, tones and cadences, will help to spotlight and promote the contributions of persons of African descent in Canada.

Afro-Latino/as: Radio Voces Latinas
Annual US/Canadian Genealogy Conference in Buxton, Ontario
Book Launch and Discussion of “Black Canadians: History, Experience, Social Conditions” by Joseph Mensah
Conversations with Harriet Tubman
Daniel Grafton Hill III: A Symposium on His Life and Work 
Documenting Black Experiences with Sylvia Hamilton
Harriet Tubman Student Summer Programme