Lessons from the Past, Promises for the Future: Reflections on Historical Thinking in Canadian History

March 17, 2014

By Thomas Peace “Our historians have almost wholly ignored the existence of slavery in Canada.” Two weeks ago these words echoed through Fountain Commons here at Acadia University.  Historians, educators and activists had gathered for Opening the Academy: New Strategies for Exploring and Sharing African Nova Scotian Histories. The message those of us in the […]

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Slavery in Canada? I Never Learned That!

October 23, 2013

By Natasha Henry The highly anticipated soon-to-be-released film, 12 Years a Slave, has garnered lots of attention following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film provides a shocking but realistic depiction of American slavery. It is based on the life of Solomon Northrup, a free man, who was kidnapped from his hometown […]

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Room for Change: Anti-Slavery Rhetoric in Contemporary Literature, an Interview with Emma Donoghue

October 27, 2011

Ma’s grinning. “We can do anything now.” “Why?” “Because we’re free.” – Emma Donoghue, Room (Toronto: HarperCollins, 2010). Free of “Room” – a locked garden shed with a single skylight, the primary setting of Emma Donoghue’s award-winning fiction novel, Room. In Room, Donoghue brings readers into Jack’s world, an eleven by eleven ‘cell,’ that he […]

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Announcements of Upcoming Events

October 2, 2011

Upcoming events: Approaching the Past workshop 5 Oct. 2011; Parler Fort 24 Oct. 2011; Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Conference 15 Oct. 2011.

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An Ethical Argument for Fashion

June 16, 2011

A glimpse into the sordid world of counterfeit fashion production.

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May 12th Public Lecture: “Understanding Slavery Past and Present”

May 5, 2011

A reminder to our readers that you are all invited to the final lecture in the Mississauga Library System’s ‘History Minds’ series, co-hosted with This talk will be on Thursday, May 12th at 7:30PM in Classroom 3 at the Mississauga Central Library (see below the cut for directions). “Understanding Slavery Past and Present” With […]

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Slavery Affects 27 Million Lives Today: Legal Abolition vs. Effective Emancipation

January 21, 2011

An analysis of slavery past and present from the Alliance Against Modern Slavery.

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New Paper – Cancun Summit: The True Reasons for the ‘Failure’ of the Green Movement by Jean-François Mouhot

December 8, 2010

As the 2010 UN Climate summit in Cancun seems unlikely to make any significant advances, the green movement has been blamed for failing to convince the public that action on climate change is both urgent and necessary, in particular because of its refusal of technologies such as nuclear energy and geo-engineering. However, looking at a […]

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