What it doesn’t tell you is that slavery EXISTED in Nova Scotia, something I was unaware of until a few days ago, and something that was only disclosed after numerous conversations with Canadian academics.
Although Nova Scotia was never a major slave colony, it was also neither unknown nor unusual. Wealthy families in particular often had a few bound servants, and there are records of slaves being sold and inherited in Halifax. However, the land was unsuitable for most agriculture and African slaves had trouble tolerating the cold climate. The plantation economy was a nonstarter in Nova Scotia, and thus slavery was an accepted custom with no specific legal standing.
The official Caandian government page also dances around the issue of slavery in the former British Colony of Nova Scotia
The exhibit focuses on the period between 1749 and 1834, dates which mark the founding of Halifax and the coming into effect of legislation abolishing slavery in the British colonies, respectively…However, the founding of Halifax does not mark either the beginning of African Nova Scotian history or the introduction of slavery into Nova Scotia. African Nova Scotian history dates back to the Acadian period, 1604-1755. Black people accompanied the early French explorers to Acadia.
What the article is basically saying is that because Black/African peoples were in Nova Scotia when the French came in the 1600s, there is no need to directly address black/African slavery in Nova Scotia.
A wonderful piece on Zanele Muholi at hyperallergic. In talking about queer photography and queer artists, names that come up tend to be overwhelmingly white and from the U.S. or Europe. Considering the amount of queer photographers out there in the world, all of whom may or may not be working with specifically queer issues, it is great that Muholi’s work, which focuses entirely on black queer women and black queer identities, is getting more attention.
Omar ibn Said (1770–1864) was born in present-day Senegal in Futa Tooro. He was an Islamic scholar. In 1807, he was captured during a military conflict, enslaved and taken across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. Omar ibn Said is widely known for fourteen manuscripts that he wrote in Arabic. Out of all of his Arabic manuscripts, he is best known for his autobiographical essay written in 1831.
“During the western campaign, the Wehrmacht (unified armed forces of Nazi Germany) murdered several thousand black African POW’s from the French Army. German Officers ordering or tolerating the killings felt authorized by the traditional stigmatization of black men in Arms. “
The footage below was used in war propaganda films throughout Germany and occupied France.