slavery-institute THE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF CANADIAN SLAVERY

Thomas Suntherland after James Hakewill,
“Trinity Estate, St. Mary’s,” 1825, hand-coloured aquatint
Most people don’t know about the 200-year history of slavery on Canadian soil.

The Institute will change that by revealing, preserving, and sharing the complex and interwoven histories of bondage, slave ownership, cultural contact, and colonial commerce.

belongbelongWHAT WE DO

William Clark, The Court-House, 1823,
hand-coloured aquatint
The Institute will provide a one-of-a-kind destination with the space, resources, and community for scholars, artists and cultural producers to create work related to Canadian Slavery and its legacies.






The Story The Space The Vision and Mission

mandate and goalsmandate and goalsMANDATE AND GOALS

William Clark, Carting and Putting Sugar-Hogsheads
on Board
, 1823, hand-coloured aquatint
Through a variety of archival materials, art, and artifacts, the Institute will share the stories of the lives and experiences of the enslaved in Canada that might otherwise remain hidden, misunderstood, and devalued.






Mandate Areas Outcomes

the teamTHE TEAM

Photo: Stephen Brookbank
Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson is a professor of art history, NSCAD University’s Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement, and the founding director of The Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery.

She is supported by research assistants Emily Davidson, Klio Fotis-Zoubris and Achini Ranasinghege.






Team Bios Advisory Board Affiliations

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Agostino Brunias, Linen Market, Dominica (1780), oil
on canvas, 49.8 x 68.6 cm.
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The Institute supports and promotes traditional academic fellows and artists-in-residence working in its mandate areas through funding, office or studio space, and library access that allows for research and production time, peer-support, mentorship, and exhibition/collaboration opportunities.





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The Institute’s only designated faculty is its director, Dr. Nelson. However, as cohorts of postdoctoral fellows becomes more established, a part of their role will be to teach courses relevant to their disciplinary expertise.

Dr. Nelson expects to be teaching classes in fall 2021, for which NSCAD should post course descriptions in late spring.





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An investment in the Institute is an investment in reconciliation and progress towards a more just and equitable society for all Canadians. Changing our knowledge of and conversations about the past through our established institutions and structures is an important step forward. If you would like to support a fellow, an artist-in-residence, or programming, donate today.





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The Institute will host and convene various conferences, exhibitions, lectures, readings, screenings, workshops, and other events. Students, scholars, artists, cultural workers, and the general public are welcome to attend and to participate.





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