We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers for the Symposium:

  • Bob Dawson, Ottawa ON: speaker, writer, athlete (member of first all-Black line in Atlantic Interuniversity Hockey League – SMU 1970)
  • Colin Howell, Centre for the Study of Sport and Health, Saint Mary’s University
  • Janelle Joseph, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto
  • Ornella Nzindukiyimana, Dept of Human Kinetics, St Francis Xavier University

Please join us at the University of Windsor, September 28-29, 2018.

Register for the conference here.

Download the conference programme here

Information about local arrangements, travel information, and Windsor sites and attractions is available from this downloadable pdf.

About the Project

“Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada” is a multi-part project developed by a team of historians, human kinetics scholars, literary scholars, and librarians at the University of Windsor. This project seeks to collect the stories of Canadian athletes of colour, preserve them for future generations, and disseminate them as widely as possible. We seek to engage scholars, K-12 students and teachers, and members of the general public in exploring, sharing, and documenting these vital chapters of Canadian history. Over the next two years, we will develop and launch the three inter-related parts of this project: "Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada: A Symposium, "Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada: A Digital Archive and Resource Centre" and "Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada: Using Comics to Preserve and Teach History." Please watch this space for further developments.


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This project is a collaboration between the University of Windsor (with faculty members from History, Leddy Library, Human Kinetics, English) and community partners Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society and the Essex County Black Historical Research Society.

“Telling the Stories of Race and Sports in Canada” is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connections Grant, and by the University of Windsor (History, Leddy Library, FAHSS, VP Research).