Canada: A living history A living timeline of Canada's race relations for Canada150

Initiative Background

Through an interactive journey through lesser-known events and polices in Canada's history, participants will learn about both the historical depth and continuing effects of race issues.

In collaboration with local Edmonton youth, the Centre for Race and Culture has been working to create a living timeline to explore racism and racial discrimination in Canada’s history and present. This timeline was presented to the Edmonton community through a live, interactive installation, followed by a reflective dialogue with all of the student actors.

As we observe Canada’s 150th year since confederation, we are reflecting on the stories of this land and the peoples that live here. This initiative worked to highlight the diversity of experiences that make up our communities, and raised awareness of the impacts of certain events and policies. Through the creation of vignettes, the students used art to explore ideas of race, discrimination, power, privilege, empathy, and justice.

Filmmaker Abdul Malik helped us create this short film to capture some of the event:

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, as well as the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton.

  • How This Initiative Fits with Our Priorities

    This initiative increased awareness of the diversity of Canada’s population over time, build understanding of the lasting effects of historical events and policies in shaping the contemporary landscape of race relations, and created an opportunity for engagement between diverse individuals in Amiskwaciwaskahikan (Edmonton).

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