Monthly Archives: February 2006

The lost history of the Coloured hockey leagues of the Maritimes, 1895-1925

“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.” – The Book of Habakkuk, Chapter 1, Verse 5

Excerpts from George and Darril Fosty’s Black Ice*

Rewriting American History

American history has always promoted the myth of the original thirteen colonies. In truth, at the time of the American Revolution, there was no such thing as thirteen colonies. There were actually nineteen – six of those colonies did not agree with the Revolution. Those colonies became Canada. Page 13.

Rewriting Canadian History

Patriotism is a strange creature. The Black man, since the earliest days of Canadian history has been one of the greatest defenders of Canada. And yet, his accomplishments have never been fully told nor recorded. It is as if the Black man had never existed. Continue reading

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Slave revolts, the Underground Railroad and the Baptist Church: The rise and fall of the Black Hockey League

By JEAN DAMU*

WHEN something comes up missing or misplaced, occasionally it’s not a bad idea to look for it in your neighbour’s basement. In the case of the missing history of Black hockey players, Canada’s basement is the most logical place to look.

Hockey, arguably the fastest and most exciting team sport to watch, has traditionally been considered a white man’s game. And why wouldn’t it? Hockey, adapted from a game played by the Mi’kmaq Indians, originated in Nova Scotia, Canada, a country even today with just a two per cent Black population. And that’s up from one tenth of one per cent just 30 years ago.

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