Ian Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada, announced during his speech in Ottawa, for Reconciliation Day celebrations, February 12, 2005 at Library and Archives Canada, the research contract with Professor David Divine, the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, the Black Community Archive Initiative.
The work will include the following:
- Conduct a survey of the Black Community holdings of the Library and Archives Canada
- Conduct a survey of the Black Community holdings of other heritage and cultural
institutions in Canada.
- Provide a descriptive summary of the fonds or collections. These descriptions will be
compiled to create a guide (on-line and published).
- Survey the state of potential materials in Canada, in general, of future archival interest,
i.e., the history of settlement throughout Canada, significant events, movements
of communities, etc.
- Identify potential specific communities and/or individuals who may hold archival
materials of future interest to Library and Archives Canada.
The work will be of national significance.
Under a Northern Star: The history of Canadian Black communities Web exhibit
Preparation and writing of content for a National Interactive Web-Site (November 2006-07)
Interactive Web-Site and Related Publication 2007 ( Principal investigator).
Promised Land: The Freedom Experience of Blacks in the Chatham and Dawn Settlements
Preliminary investigation and writing of detailed application (November 2006-February 2007)
Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada (Community University research alliance) CURA application for continued investigation (February 2007)
Living Past and Present: Slavery, Memory, Citizenship
Co-Applicant with Paul Lovejoy, Canada Research Chair in African Diasporic History, at York University (Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, November 2006).