Telling Alberta’s Black Settler’s Experience: We Are The Roots

Hear the story of African American immigrants who moved to Alberta and Saskatchewan in an attempt to escape racism and persecution.

Courtesy Bailey and Soda Films

On June 20 at 7:30 p.m., the Alberta Avenue Community Centre hosts a limited seated screening of We Are The Roots: Black settlers and their experiences of discrimination on the Canadian prairies, the award-winning documentary by Bailey and Soda Films. Post-screening, filmmaker Deborah Dobbins will join a conversation about discrimination and inclusion with everybody in attendance.

“Taking advantage of Canada‚Äôs offer of 160 acres of land for a $10 fee, 1000-1500 individuals moved to the Prairies and helped develop several settlements throughout the provinces. Through the stories of 19 descendants of the original settlers, We are the Roots focuses on the experiences of discrimination these individuals encountered while living in the rural communities and in Edmonton.”

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