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Blacks have been living in Canada for more than 250 years; says author Headley Tullock; yet few of them are made aware of the rich part they have played in this country's history and heritage.

"Blacks have been living in Canada for more than 250 years; says author Headley Tullock; yet few of them are made aware of the rich part they have played in this country's history and heritage." - Harold Barkley, Toronto Star (1972)

Islands in the North (re)creates the space and place of Black Caribbean/West Indian immigrants in postwar twentieth century Toronto, Canada.

With the intentions of creating an ongoing public historical archive, Islands in the North uses spatial analytic software (QGIS) to transform analog documents such as articles, advertisements and photographs into a multidimensional interactive mapping exhibition.

Islands in the North makes space for “blackness” in Canadian scholarship and society. Uniquely, through various mapping platforms, it challenges the narrative of the “Great White North” by examining the development and growth of an “ethnic enclave” in the center of Canada’s largest and culturally significant city. Furthermore, creating this non-traditional archive allows for increased access to the long history of blackness in the Canadian public sphere. Finally, through (re)creating space and place in the archive, the mapping of “Black Toronto” challenges what it truly means to be Canadian.

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M. Hyacinth Gaynair is a fourth year doctoral student in the Department of History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she studies the African Diaspora/Atlantic World and African-American history.

Inspired by a love for beef patties and protective styles, M. Hyacinth examines the social and cultural histories of the Jamaican diaspora in the twentieth century. She focuses on collective identities contextualized through memory, race, gender, identity, popular culture, and citizenship.

Feel free to contact her here, check out the blog, or follow her on Twitter @blkatlanticCDN.

Work

Boarded up. Black Power closes a store

"Boarded up. Black Power closes a store" - Graham Bezant, Toronto Star (1967)

Coming soon...

Islands In The North will feature two maps:

"Space" - a map of sites with cultural/social significance to the Black Caribbean community in Metropolitan Toronto, Ontario, Canada from the fifties to the early nineties.

"Place" - a narrative map of  the "Little Jamaica" community in central Metropolitan Toronto during the late-twentieth century.

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Islands In The North is funded by the Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative.

Many thanks goes out to Francesca Giannetti, Hannah Griggs, Dr. Paul Israel, Barbara Baillargeon, Dr. Henry Lovejoy, The Flyer Vault, Torontoist, Toronto Public Libraries, York University Libraries, and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Special thanks to Dr. Walter Rucker, Dr. Mia Bay, Dr. Bayo Holsey, Dr. Anne Rubenstein, Dr. Michele Johnson, and Dr. Paul Lovejoy.

Of course, all the love to Julia Buck, Francesca D'Amico-Cuthbert, Dr. Funke Aladejebi, Nicola Mammes, Kim Johnson, Barbara Komlodi, Rui DeSouza, Meagan Wierda, Rachel Bunker, Dr. Heather Levi, Claudia Ginanni, Ashleigh Greene Wade, Ashleigh Lawrence Sanders, Brittany Hall, Dara Walker, Maco Faniel, Kaisha Esty-Campbell, Nelson Santana, Shaun Armistead, Rhonda George, Taylor Moore, Moya Bedward, and everyone who pushed me into doing this work, and those who inspire the work that we do. xo

Blog

"Overcrowded facilities at the Universal Negro Improvement Association quarters on College St. mean Metro's Blacks are looking for a new community centre. Here; Clem Marshall; a volunteer school teacher; helps youngsters with their evening courses. Construction of a $3 million community centre in the Bathurst St. and Vaughan Rd. area will help alleviate the overtaxed conditions. The new centre is to have housing; a permanent theatre; and office space to centralize Black activities in Metro."

"Overcrowded facilities at the Universal Negro Improvement Association quarters on College St. mean Metro's Blacks are looking for a new community centre. Here; Clem Marshall; a volunteer school teacher; helps youngsters with their evening courses. Construction of a $3 million community centre in the Bathurst St. and Vaughan Rd. area will help alleviate the overtaxed conditions. The new centre is to have housing; a permanent theatre; and office space to centralize Black activities in Metro." - Ron Bull, Toronto Star (1973)

Read about my thoughts and struggles with Islands in the North here...

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