The real history of slavery in Canada

Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson. Photo: Meghan Tansey Whitton

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art & Community Engagement and Founding Director of NSCAD’s Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery Dr. Charmaine Nelson regularly delivers media interviews and presentations examining the history of slavery in Canada.


Media interviews

CBC Radio One (August 1, 2021) – Emancipation Day and confronting Canada’s history of slavery

The Coast (July 29, 2021) – What Canada’s first Emancipation Day means

CBC Mainstreet (July 20, 2021) – What Black people in the British Empire endured when slavery was legal

CBC Mainstreet (July 13, 2021) – Nova Scotians profited from slavery but we haven’t ‘reckoned with and rectified’ this history

CBC Mainstreet (July 6,2021) – Nova Scotia’s slave history largely erased because it didn’t fit stereotypes seen in film


Upcoming events

Confronting exclusion and redefining heritage goals presented by the National Trust for Canada Conference – September 30, 2021, 1-2:30 p.m. ADT

Past events

What former enslaved people celebrated in 1834 with slavery’s demise in the British Empire presented by NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage – August 10, 2021

A Conversation with Charmaine Nelson presented by the Thomas Moore Institute – May 28, 2021

A Hidden History: Slavery in Canada – May 14, 2021

Grappling with the Colonial Archive: An Introduction to Canadian Slavery  – March 2, 2021

Graduate Student Panel on Transatlantic Slavery– February 25, 2021