S2E1 – We Are the Roots

February 12, 2019


About the Episode

In our second season opener, we are joined by Deborah Dobbins and Dr. Jenna Bailey to discuss their recent oral history project and documentary, We are the Roots: Black Settlers and Their Experiences of Discrimination on the Canadian Prairies. 

The film explores the experiences of African American settlers to Western Canada, primarily those who came from the United States and settled in Alberta and Saskatchewan between 1905 and 1912. It includes the stories of 19 descendants of these original settlers, recorded in oral history interviews conducted by Dr. Jenna Bailey and Dr. David Este in collaboration with Edmonton’s Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots.

You can view the documentary online at Bailey and Soda Films.

Get in Touch

Comments or questions about the project? You can contact the Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots at shilohcmr@gmail.com, or call (780) 722-9141.

You can also visit their Facebook page here.

Upcoming Screenings

Royal Alberta Museum (Edmonton, AB)
February 23, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Welikoklad Event Centre Theater (Red Deer, AB)
February 24, 2019 | 2:00 pm

Morinville Community Cultural Centre (Morinville, AB)
February 25, 2019 | 6:00 pm


Hosts: Robin Mullins, Nick Bridges, Keely McCavitt

Researchers: Dahay Daniel, Leanne Gaudet, Anna Kuntz, Kierstin Stewart

Audio Editing: Emily Cuggy

Image Credit: We are the Roots (still from documentary)