Anti-Racism Resource Centre

The Little Black School House

Most Canadians are familiar with the political turmoil segregated schools caused in the US, yet not many realize that Canada also had segregated schools – with one in Nova Scotia that didn't close its doors until 1983. The Little Black School House unearths the story of the women, men, and children who studied and taught at Canada's racially segregated schools. Compelling personal stories illustrate that many of the students who attended Canada's all-Black schools look back on the experience with conflicting feelings: fondness for the dedication of their Black teachers, and outrage at being denied equal access to education, a right fundamental to democracy in Canada. The Little Black School House provides an historical perspective on recent calls to create "Black-focused" schools, after ongoing claims from within the Black community that their students are being ill served by the education system.