Black Community in Saskatchewan
R-A413 to R-A419
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Summaries of interviews
Interviews conducted in 1973 under the "Towards a New Past Programme" of the Cultural Activities Branch of the Department of Culture and Youth. A significant number of Black immigrants fleeing oppression in Oklahoma sought refuge in the Maidstone area in Saskatchewan in the first decade of the 20th century. Five of the seven people interviewed were a part of this group or are descendants of them. One is a Cree Indian who raised a Black child in the Maidstone district and another is a Swedish immigrant who comments on the Black community in the area. The informants speak about other Black pioneers who have since left the area or have passed away, relate anecdotes about some of their homesteading experiences and to some extent describe relations between the Black population and other ethnic groups. Sound quality is poor: there is significant background noise to the point where occasionally informants cannot be understood.
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