Slavery

Black History Month Deepens Racism's Roots

Reid Price | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada
Reid Price

Now that Black History Month is over (didn't take long) I feel more comfortable in saying that I very much dislike it. Black people are more than a month, and are more than several prominent black figures. Black history should be a regular part of educational curriculum and media programming, yet it is differentiated and set aside, just as black people were not so long ago. How is this good?

Where Would We Be if These Greats Never Stood Up for Change?

David Suzuki | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Change is never easy and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things. Those are the lessons from Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and all those who refuse to give up in the face of adversity when the cause they pursue is just and necessary.

Give (and Receive!) Hope for the Holidays

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Akaash Maharaj

Many of us will come home for the holidays worried about the world we will have to return to in the new year. Dire economic warnings abound. Democracy is being tested across the globe. Insecurity seems to be the only certainty. But Canadians have always found ways to master our fears rather than be mastered by them.

'Pattern Of Fraud'

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The wealthy Vancouver-area woman accused of trafficking a young African single mother to Canada to be an unpaid housekeeper used "fraud, d...

Alleged Slave Lied To Stay In Canada: Defence

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A young woman whose life in her native Tanzania was marked by poverty and hardship was so desperate to stay in Canada that she fabricated ...

Getting Arrested for "Shopping While Black"

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

With the recent event at Barney's, New York, it would appear that blacks should add S.W.B. or "Shopping While Black" to the list of supposed crimes for which we are racially profiled. Trayon Christian, a 19-year-old college student purchased a $350 Salvatore Ferragamo belt at Barney's, Christian alleges that he was stopped by undercover officers, questioned, hand-cuffed and taken to a local precinct.

Slavery in Africa Is Alive, Well and Ignored

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Simon Aban Deng is a Sudanese human rights activist living in the United States. A native of the Shilluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, Deng spent several...

30 Million Slaves In The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.17.2013 | Canada Business

There are nearly 30 million slaves in the world today, according to a new index ranking most of the world’s countries. The Global Slavery Index, ...

Move Over Rihanna, Barbados is Now Famous for Tax Cheats

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Christopher Stuart Taylor

Eugene Melnyk owns the Ottawa Senators. He's Canadian. He owns Canadian businesses, but lives in Barbados. Here's where the CBC and the CRA come in. With their recent bit of "hidden-camera" journalism, the CBC concluded that Barbados is a haven for Canadian corporate tax evaders.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Sheryl Underwood's Take on Natural Black Hair

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

The phenomenon of black women dismissing their own natural hair didn't happen overnight: the social control and economic exploitation of an entire race could not be ensured only through physical violence (whipping, branding, torture, rape etc.), but necessitated psychological and psychic violence to "convince" Africans that they needed to be "civilized" into the cultural, moral, social and yes, corporeal ways of the European.

Slavery: America's Economic Salvation

David Martin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada
David Martin

Today's economic situation in the United States is distressing. Despite Washington's best efforts, the nation's rate of unemployment continues to hove...

The New Abolition Movement

Brian Stiller | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Brian Stiller

Just because William Wilberforce brought British slavery laws crashing down in the early 1800s, we assume slavery has ended. Not so. Children as young as six are forced by their impoverished parents to go into the streets and press anyone to give them money. Some children are forced to carry their newborn brothers and sisters into traffic, zigzagging between stopped cars in traffic jams while pleading for small change.

What Sergio Garcia's and Paula Deen's Racism Really Tell Us

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Living
Charmaine Nelson

Both Sergio Garcia and Paula Deen, despite differences in age, sex and nationality, drew upon a limited knowledge of slave custom to express demeaning visions of blackness, which made light of or sanitized the brutality and institutionalized deprivations of slavery.

Why Did a Cheerios Commercial Spark a Racist Meltdown?

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Charmaine Nelson

The controversy over the new Cheerios ad is not about a fear of cross-racial contact in general, but the fear of a certain type of cross-racial contact -- that between black men and white women. To understand the specific nature of this particular racist outburst, we need to go back to slavery.

What Girls Sold into Marriage Are Up Against

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

In Canada, most teenage girls are busy going to school, making friends, dreaming of the future. In the world's poorest countries, one in every nine girls is married by the age of 15. A new World Vision report explores the devastation this can cause in a young girl's life.

Give Ethically This Valentine's Day

Cheryl Hotchkiss | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Cheryl Hotchkiss

Canadians clearly love chocolate. Each of us consumes an average of 5.5 kg of chocolate per year. This February, I'm asking Canadians to join me in purchasing chocolate that's free from child labour. An estimated 2-million children work in the cocoa industry. But Canadian chocolate lovers do have several ethical options.

This African-American Refugee Found Freedom In Canada

Anthony Morgan | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

2013-02-01-FERGIEJENKINSBANNER.jpg "Canadian Judge Frees North Carolina Negro." This is the title of a New York Times article published on March 3, 1922. The "North Carolina Negro" being referred to is Matthew Bullock. This is his story.

The Story of the Real Life Django Unchained

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

In Django Unchained, the protagonist makes the fictional journey from slavery to freedom in the Antebellum Southern U.S. circa 1858. As President Obama reminded us, Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation which announced the end of slavery in the USA in 1863. Toussaint L'Ouverture played the leading role in the real-life drama alongside and his revolutionary army of self-emancipated barefoot slaves, defeating the three great empires of the eighteenth century -- Spain, England, and France -- and finally winning independence after a decade of toil.

Part 5: Can the Commonwealth Survive Without the Queen?

Tim Knight | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

The Queen has not been particularly successful at keeping her realms and territories together -- inheriting 32, but now reigning over only half that many. It's entirely possible that the Commonwealth is no longer particularly relevant to the modern world and will slowly fade away into history.

Be a "Dot"-- Protest Human Slavery

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 12.20.2011 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Last year, I released a proposal for a national action plan to combat human trafficking called 'Connecting the Dots.' The complex nature of trafficking in persons and the rapidly increasing occurrence of human trafficking demands a comprehensive approach that draws together existing frameworks, stakeholders, and agencies.

Occupy Wall Street's Hope for Change

David Suzuki | Posted 12.14.2011 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Why does our economic system place a higher value on disposable and often unnecessary goods than on the things like clean air and productive soil? Sure, there's some contradiction in protesters carrying iPhones while railing against the consumer system. But this is not just about making personal sacrifices

Dutch Group Threatens To Burn Novel 'Book Of Negroes'

CBC News | CBC News | Posted 08.21.2011 | Canada

CBC -- A Dutch group is threatening to burn Lawrence Hill's award-winning novel The Book of Negroes, because they oppose the use of the word "negro" i...