The Empowerful Project is a new, exciting resource for engaging students in African-Canadian history. The project began as a community initiative in Halifax, where students and seniors worked together to collect stories about the history and legacy of African Nova Scotians. The website features two videos that resulted from this inter-generational project.
Students can also play “Preston,” an online game where students take on the role of Richard Preston, a real slave who travelled from Virginia to Nova Scotia in search of his mother after she escaped to Canada during the War of 1812. As Preston, students solve clues and puzzles and complete mini-missions during their journey. Students will encounter a number of themes along the way, including racism, freedom, and abolitionism.
The game is available for free online, although teachers need to request a password to gain access. Visit AfricanCanadianHistory.ca to start your adventure.