Black History is Canadian History

Nikki Clarke is President of the Ontario Black History Society Black History is Canadian History. Black History is International History. The contributions and achievements of black people can be seen in arts and culture, inventions, architecture, policy making, sports, and the list goes on. Since becoming the newly elected president November 9, 2015, it has been a very … More Black History is Canadian History

Celebrating 150 with Some Well-Known Friends

By Natalie Bull, executive director, National Trust for Canada Happy 150th birthday year, Confederation! Now that 2017 is here, Canada’s Sesquicentennial celebrations are getting underway all over the country. Earlier this week, the Toronto Star published an eclectic list of 150 ways to celebrate Canada 150, including Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake –  the National Film Board’s cross-country screening … More Celebrating 150 with Some Well-Known Friends

Le patrimoine prend son élan à Hamilton!

Parmi vous, nombreux ont probablement déjà eu l’occasion d’assister à une des conférences offertes par la Fiducie Nationale. Pour ma part, celle de 2016 fut ma grande première. Non que les sujets et thématiques des éditions précédentes ne m’est interpelée, mais le budget étudiant et le lieu de l’événement ont bien souvent été des contraintes … More Le patrimoine prend son élan à Hamilton!

Hamilton Conference Inaugurates a New Chapter

Applying the lens of Truth and Reconciliation to all the work of heritage and regeneration By Tom Urbaniak Tom Urbaniak recently completed his term as chair, board of governors, of the National Trust for Canada. A successful conference feels like a culmination, a conclusion, a high point for so much effort and energy. Actually, it … More Hamilton Conference Inaugurates a New Chapter

The Greatest Freedom Show on Earth

His name was Walter Perry. They nicknamed him “Mr. Emancipation.” Born in Windsor in 1899, this great-grandson of slaves drew thousands of spectators to his hometown of Windsor, Ontario, from both sides of the Canada/U.S. border. Frustrated with the brawling that the festivities had become known for, Perry reorganized it in 1935. “I called together a group of forward-thinking Americans and Canadians, and we had the nucleus of the celebrations as we know them today. Some would refer to it as “the Greatest Freedom Show on Earth.” There would be parades; midway rides; children in papier-mâché masks and convertibles full of waving, young girls — each vying for the title of Miss Sepia in the weekend’s beauty contest. The event even attracted the talents of Motown, with performances by The Supremes and Steveland Morris — better known as Stevie Wonder. … More The Greatest Freedom Show on Earth

This Lighthouse Matters – One Year Later

National Trust for Canada’s Regeneration Project Leader Rob Pajot updates us on the This Lighthouse Matters, one year later. Last July, we announced the nine winners of the hugely successful This Lighthouse Matters competition. Even from our offices here in Ottawa, we could feel the excitement being generated in Nova Scotia, as small groups rallied local … More This Lighthouse Matters – One Year Later