We Are The Roots Film Screening
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As part of our student-led, Faculty of Social Work Black History Month celebrations, we are pleased to present a special screening of multiple award-winning documentary We Are The Roots: Black Settlers and their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies. We are the Roots uses interviews with the children and descendants to preserve the history of African American settlers who came to Alberta between 1905-1912. They came to escape growing systemic racism in the American territories, attracted by the promise of nearly-free land. The film shines a light on the settler’s struggles and successes — from the demanding land they fought to farm and the discrimination they faced, to forming the foundations of their communities: the churches, schools, and businesses, and the relationships that connected them.
The film project was recently awarded the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Community Programming, the Heritage Awareness Award from the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation and two awards from North America’s most important oral history association, the Oral History Association (OHA). The film won OHA’s most prestigious award, the Elizabeth B. Mason Major Award, and the OHA’s award for Oral History in Non-Print Format.
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