Boarded up. Black Power closes a store

ABOUT

WHAT ARE "ISLANDS IN THE NORTH?"

These "islands" could refer to the countries and territories of the Caribbean. However, I want to acknowledge the "islands" of space, place, and belonging in urban North America. This is an ongoing public historical archive of "Black Toronto", using spatial analytic software to transform analog documents into a multidimensional interactive mapping exhibition.

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.

Making
SPACE

Black Canadian Geographies

As Katherine McKittrick (2002) argues, "geographical tensions reveal how place and space are processes rather than unchanging homogeneous locations..."

Through this CARTO exhibit, I've created an ongoing collection of sites with cultural/social significance to the black Caribbean/Canadian community in Metropolitan Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I cover most of the twentieth century and discover points of rupture through spaces/places of spatial and social domination.

Day of learning: Jennifer Beckford; 9; left; Shanique Francis; 6; and Stacey Gordon; 10; check out T-shirts commemorating Black History month.

Making
PLACE

Timeline

An interactive timeline of Black Toronto during the twentieth century using text, photographs, video, and sound. This is also an ongoing collection, which attempts to literally add black voices to the silences within Canadian literature and scholarship.

BROWSE
ITEMS

Database

UNDER CONSTRUCTION...

Examine the items collected and archived in this OMEKA database. With over 300 spaces and places(and counting), Islands in the North becomes a contribution to Canadian and Black Atlantic scholarship and societies.

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Respect the Process

An infrequent recording of my thoughts and struggles on wordpress.

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