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Black Saskatchewan Performance Project introduces the history of the prairie

An art project celebrating a black man living in the countryside of Saskatchewan paved the way for Regina today.

One of the performers responsible for creating the project, artist Shayna Jones, grew up in a rural home in British Columbia.

"I was interested in the lives and experiences of other black people who chose to move out of the city by others like myself," Jones said. rice field. "It has started this national research project."

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Jones conducted a series of interviews to understand Saskatchewan's "blacks and countryside" experience.

She spoke with people from a variety of backgrounds, including the descendants of the first African-Canadian settlers in Saskatchewan. They shared a story that was passed down to their families.

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"They faced the fierce challenge of settling in this land," Jones explained. .. "They faced a dazzling sun and a mountain of snow. They had to face victory and tragedy to start their lives here in Saskatchewan. At the same time, they were blacks doing this job. I had to bear the burden of being. "

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Still, the stories they received from their descendants A story in the face of strength, kindness, love, and generosity. The racial tensions faced in Saskatchewan.

In early 2021, Heritage Saskatchewan contacted Jones and worked with the project to focus on Saskatchewan. Last year she talked to blacks and blacks in the city.

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She knows the story of the whole Saskatchewan and she created a performance called "Blacks and Countryside Saskatchewan" .. A segment of common African-Canadian life as well as prairie life. Choosing to live outside the maze of the city as a black individual is to live outside the narrow bandwidth given to us by mainstream culture. The purpose of this project is to respect these hidden rural black voices and challenge the monoliths of what is important to black life.

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The final performance will take place today, June 23, at 7:00 pm. At École Monseigneur de Laval Pavillion secondaire des Quatre Vents.

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