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  • Topic: Race & Racism
  • Viola Desmond’s Canada

    A History of Blacks and Racial Segregation in the Promised Land

    By Graham Reynolds  Foreword by George Elliott Clarke  With Wanda Robson     January 2016

    Viola Desmond’s Canada is groundbreaking book aimed at providing both general readers and students of Canadian history with a concise overview of the narrative of the Black experience in Canada.

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  • Becoming an Ally, 3rd Edition

     Breaking the Cycle of Oppression in People

    By Anne Bishop     June 2015

    Anne Bishop confronts the question of oppression head on by drawing on her own experience both as an oppressed person as an oppressor. She tells us the we learn to be oppressors from our own oppression.

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  • Live from the Afrikan Resistance!

    By El Jones     September 2014

    Live from the Afrikan Resistance! is the first collection of spoken word poetry by Halifax’s fifth Poet Laureate, El Jones. These poems speak of community and struggle. They are grounded in the political culture of African Nova Scotia and inherit the styles and substances of hip-hop, dub and calypso’s political commentary. Gathered from seven years of performances, these poems represent the tradition of the prophetic voice in Black Nova Scotia.

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    A Roseway Book
  • Visitor

    My Life in Canada

    By Anthony Stewart     August 2014

    Is there a future time when newcomers and visible minorities will be enabled to feel like they belong in Canada? Or will they have to accept their experience as visitors to Canada no matter how long they have lived here? These are some of the questions Anthony Stewart tackles eloquently and with considerable wit.

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  • Colonized Classrooms

    Racism, Trauma and Resistance in Post-Secondary Education

    By Sheila Cote-Meek     April 2014

    In Colonized Classrooms, Sheila Cote-Meek discusses how Aboriginal students confront narratives of colonial violence in the postsecondary classroom, while they are, at the same time, living and experiencing colonial violence on a daily basis.

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  • If This Is Freedom

    By Gloria Ann Wesley     September 2013

    If This Is Freedom continues the story of struggle for Loyalist settlers in Nova Scotia after the American Revolutionary War.

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    A Roseway Book
  • Stand Together or Fall Apart

    Professionals Working with Immigrant Families

    By Judith K.  Bernhard     September 2012

    Immigration is an important topic that continues to appear in news reports across Western countries. However, few reports examine what adjusting and integrating into a new country means for immigrant families. The traditional strategy employed by social workers, teachers and other social service practitioners is decidedly Euro-centric and treats immigrants as if they have little cultural or community-based means of integrating of their own. Judith K. Bernhard argues that immigrants have deep cultural, familial and communal resources to aid their integration and that these resources need to be tapped by social workers, teachers, counsellors, settlement workers, early childhood educators and child and youth care workers alike. Providing several alternative, integrated, research-based programs that combine cultural resources, traditions and family dynamics, Stand Together or Fall Apart will help practitioners to better understand the struggles of immigrants and thus be better able to assist them as they adjust to life in a new country.

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  • Jamaica in the Canadian Experience:

    A Multiculturalizing Presence

    Edited by Andrea Davis and Carl E. James     August 2012

    In 2012, Jamaica celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of independence from Britain. In the short period of its life as a nation, Jamaica’s increasingly powerful influence on global culture cannot go unremarked. The growth of Jamaican diasporas beyond Britain to the United States, Canada and West Africa has served to strengthen Jamaica’s global reach, so that today Jamaica’s cultural, economic and political achievements are felt way beyond its national borders. This anthology commemorates Jamaica’s independence by acknowledging the immense and widespread contributions of Jamaica and Jamaicans to Canadian society.

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  • Theorizing Africentricity in Action: Who We Are Is What We See

    Edited by Delvina E.  Bernard and Susan M.  Brigham     May 2012

    Education is a primary site of social change for people of African descent in Nova Scotia, which is why centuries of systemic neglect and racial inequities in the public school system have failed to suppress the creativity, resilience and resourcefulness of African Nova Scotian learners and their desire to succeed. This collection of articles by African Nova Scotian educators brings together new and enlightening research and analyses that go beyond education alone. Each chapter offers personal critical reflections and theory-building in Africentricity and lifelong learning. The perspectives of these authors present important challenges to novice and experienced educators as well as to laypersons. The book highlights such topics as honouring the knowledge of our elders, the role of parental involvement in Black students’ academic achievement, racial identity development, Africentric schooling, Canadian Black feminism and African spirituality. Theorizing Africentricity in Action: Who We Are Is What We See reveals the innate ability of Black people to re-invent themselves in the face of oppressive conditions and still remain intact as Africans – culturally, spiritually and psychologically.

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  • Asian Immigrants in “Two Canadas”

    Racialization, Marginalization and Deregulated Work

    By Habiba Zaman     May 2012

    Canada is experiencing a major demographic shift, with two-thirds of the population in major cities predicted to belong to racialized groups, particularly Asian newcomers, by 2031. But how are these immigrants faring in this new Canada? Employing the International Labour Organization’s concept of “basic security” and the voices of immigrants themselves, Asian Immigrants in “Two Canadas” demonstrates that their security – such as work, job, employment, and voice and representation – has been compromised in multi-dimensional ways. Changes to immigration policy and the neoliberal restructuring of the Employment Standards Act in British Columbia have led to further marginalization within the labour market and the creation of deregulated and hazardous workplaces – resulting in the emergence of “two Canadas” within the Canadian welfare state. Representing a diverse group of immigrants, this book demonstrates a shared experience of precariousness and insecurity – an experience that has led to a broad- based alliance of Asian immigrant workers aimed at addressing workplace security and rights.

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