mandate outcomes

Thomas Suntherland after James Hakewill,
“Trinity Estate, St. Mary’s,” 1825, hand-coloured aquatint

While much archival information about tropical sites of plantation slavery has already been digitized and placed in open access databases, no such digital resource exists for the study of Canadian Slavery.

Creating this resource is a critical outcome for the Institute, whose main goals include:

  • locating, documenting, collating, and digitizing archival holdings to redress the historical record
  • making the data for the study of Canadian Slavery and its legacies known and both widely
    accessible and discoverable

As a unique, state-of-the-art research and artistic destination, the Institute will facilitate scholarship and cultural production to preserve the historical, rare, and often fragile nature of primary archival, art and artifact collections of Canadian Slavery.

The Institute will also work to advance public engagement and knowledge of these collections and the histories they represent.


Azariah Pretchard, “RUN away from Subscriber,” Quebec Gazette, 22 May 1794, supplement, vol. 1506, p. 5