The City of Greater Sudbury
Services provided by the City of Greater Sudbury include:
More information on these, and other services, are avialble on the City of Greater Sudbury website: greatersudbury.ca
Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association
Services provided by the Center include:
Pleas visit their site for more information: sudburymulticultural.org
The Michaëlle Jean Sudbury Afro-Canadian Heritage Fund
This fund was launched Sept. 21, 2007 at the end of the commemoration of the Bicentenary of the Act of Abolition of the British Slave Trade -1807 to 2007- event in Sudbury. The award will be presented to young people of Afro-Canadian heritage/descent who are attending high-school and are working hard, motivated and planning to pursue post secondary education. There will be two awards presented each year.
Nominees for the student award must be senior secondary students planning to enter a post secondary institution on a full time basis, and must be between the ages of 16-25 years. Applicants must have demonstrated diligence, consistency in their academic career, and contributed to their school-life/community. Applicants are expected to obtain references from their school teachers/principal and community members/leaders.
More information about the fund is available through the association.
You may also visit www.sudburycf.ca/michaelle-jean.
Michaëlle Jean, was a refugee from Haiti to Canada in 1968. Raised in the town of Thetford Mines, Quebec, she received a number of university degrees. Jean worked as a journalist and broadcaster for Radio-Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), as well as undertaking charity work, mostly in the field of assisting victims of domestic violence. In 2005, she was appointed governor general by Queen Elizabeth II, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Paul Martin.
Pictured above: The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean PC CC CMM COM CD FRCPSC(hon),
Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie
Our Role in Sudbury
Since its inception, the Afro-Heritage Association of Sudbury, has raised money for many local organizations, including but not limited to:
The Association consists of people of African Heritage from around the world. Related through the motherland and united by ambition, we strive for excellence in our relations within the community.
Pictured above: Guest Speaker, at the 2008 Black History Month Celebration, Professor Joanne St. Lewis, B.A (McGill), LLB (B.C.) Assistant Professor of Law, University of Ottawa.
The Underground: Part of Our Black History
Between 1840 and 1860, enslaved Africans followed the North Star on the Underground Railroad to find freedom in Canada. It was not an actual railroad but a secret network of routes and safe houses that helped people escape slavery and reach free states or Canada.
The organization used railroad terms as code words. Those who helped people move from place to place were known as "conductors" and the fleeing refugees were called "passengers" or "cargo." Safe places to stop to rest were called "stations." Conductors were also abolitionists—people who wanted slavery abolished. They were Blacks and Whites, men and women.
It is impossible to know for certain how many slaves found freedom by way of the railroad, but it may have been as many as 30 000. The railroad's traffic reached its peak between 1840 and 1860. In 1850 new laws allowed slave hunters to pursue and capture enslaved persons in places where they would legally be free. It resulted in several attempts to kidnap escapees in Canada and return them to former owners in the Southern States.
Some of the conductors and others associated with the railroad became famous for their efforts; Harriet Tubman, Mary Ann Shadd and Josiah Henson are but a few.
More information on black history in Canada can be found at the website, source, blackhistorycanada.ca