Rachel: A Mighty Big Imagining
Rachel's story is about Loyalist slave settlements in Nova Scotia during the late 1700s. In addition to the difficulties of living in a harsh northern climate, Rachel's family faces the horrors of starvation, isolation in a remote community and the limitations of illiteracy.
Share a brief history of Canada's role in the abolition of slavery with students. Have students prepare a report on famous abolitionists such as Harriet Tubman, a former slave involved in the Underground Railway. Ask students to research other examples of enslaved peoples or contemporary examples of how Canada helps fight for human rights.
There are some great websites dedicated to historical black settlements across Canada. A good starting point is a section of the Nova Scotia Museum site entitled Remembering Black Loyalists, Black Communities. A teacher's resource section is included.
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