Transatlantic slave trade: legacies of the past & building the future
With a focus on “Legacies of the Past, Building the Future: mobilizing Afro-descent Stories”, this meeting set a new path for the project’s implementation with the:
- development of an impact-oriented Action Plan to better structure the work of the Committee,
- mapping of the existing memory sites that bear witness to the history of the slave trade and slavery all around the world;
- issuing of an annual report by the Scientific Committee on their latest applied research;
- discussions were initiated on the importance of modern slavery within the framework of the project.
The Committee heard from experts and community leaders on topics including: the Black Loyalists Experience in Canada and Sierra Leone, Interpreting Freetown, the role of education to ensure positive learning outcomes for Black learners in the Nova Scotia education system, the story of Africville and the work of the Black Cultural Centre to preserve, protect and promote African Nova Scotian heritage and culture.
UNESCO’s Routes of Enslaved Peoples Project
Since its launch in 1994, the UNESCO Routes of Enslaved Peoples: Resistance, Liberty and Heritage Project has contributed to the production of knowledge, the development of pedagogical contents and to the memory sites on the themes of slavery, its abolition and the resistance it generated.
Today, the Project’s main objectives are to produce and disseminate new interdisciplinary knowledge by making connections between the history of slavery and critical approaches to race and inequality; fight against racism and racial discrimination where they intersect with other forms of exclusion; promote tangible (memory sites) and intangible heritage born of cultural resistance to slavery throughout the world; integrate a gender equality perspective by showcasing the role of women in the history of slavery; develop capacity-building for the benefit of local communities and professionals working in the management and promotion of heritage and museums; advocate against contemporary forms of slavery.
Yvette Kaboza, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Nova Scotia