Lesson 3: Canada, 1929-1945

Learning Goal: Understanding some key interactions within and between Black people from the Prairies and other communities in Canada, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities. Students should also consider the identities and experiences of Black-Indigenous (Afro-Indigenous) peoples.




• In small groups students should select 2-3 writers from the Archive during the time period 1929-1945.
• Students can view this digital project: CBC Black on the Prairies
• Students will view this digital project as they will be creating their own project at the end of this learning goal in their groups.
Note to the teacher: Where possible, ensure that each group has not selected the same people so that groups can learn from each other.


Answer the following questions below as a group with regards to your selection from the Archive:
1. Why is it important to consider a variety of perspectives when analysing events, trends, or developments from this period?
2. In what ways was the impact of the Great Depression different for Black people living on the Prairies than for Black people living in Ontario?
3. How did colonialism continue to have an impact on Indigenous individuals and Black communities in Canada during this period?  In what ways did events during this period reflect Black Canadians’ views on human rights?
4. Did the Canadian government respect the human rights of all people during this period?
5. What impact did events during this period have on Canada’s response to later human rights issues?


Students will choose a digital format and present their answers to the class (i.e., FlipGrid, JamBoard, Google Slides)