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Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia

Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia

| 28 min

In their predominantly white high school in Halifax, a group of black students face daily reminders of racism, ranging from abuse (racist graffiti on washroom walls), to exclusion (the omission of black history from textbooks). They work to establish a Cultural Awareness Youth Group, a vehicle for building pride and self-esteem through educational and cultural programs. With help from mentors, they discover the richness of their heritage and learn some of the ways they can begin to effect change.


Credits
  • director
    Sylvia Hamilton
  • producer
    Mike Mahoney
  • cinematography
    Mike Mahoney
  • executive producer
    Marilyn A. Belec
  • script
    Bob Lower
    Sylvia Hamilton
  • sound
    Jane Porter
  • sound editing
    Jane Porter
  • editing
    Angela Baker
  • music editing
    Angela Baker
    Claire Henry
  • re-recording
    Michel Descombes
    Luc Boudrias
  • narrator
    Shingai Nyajeka
  • music
    Lucky Campbell
    Wayne Hamilton
    Glen Grant
    Jeremiah Sparks

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Education

Ages 12 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

Diversity - Black Studies
Health/Personal Development - Careers & Education
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Media Education - Journalism/News

Before viewing, solicit prior knowledge about history of Black Canadians. After viewing, students add new information. Examine textbooks for content on Black History in Canada; discuss the text as a form of media – who created it? What is the intended message? Identify areas of lack in the curriculum; create a list of desired topics; have students prepare presentations and run a “conference”; involve community members, families or other schools.

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