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Africville Story Map

Secondary, Middle

Description

The Africville story map is a fascinating multimedia look at the history and evolution of one of Nova Scotia’s most storied neighbourhoods. The story of the destruction of this small Black community in Nova Scotia is not as well known as it should be. It is part of a much larger story of Black settlers in Nova Scotia, which goes back hundreds of years. This web app aims to bring awareness to the environmental racism that has impacted Africville throughout its history.

The history of Africville is documented in detail in the Africville Through the Years tab using historical maps, images, and documents. In the Africville Museum tab, students can explore the embedded Africville Museum website to learn more about upcoming events/activities, how to contact them, and more. Many articles, videos, and podcasts are provided in the resources tab for those who wish to learn more about Africville. In the future impacts on Africville tab, the impacts of climate change are discussed, including a web map of the potential impact of 1m and 5m sea-level rise in Africville. 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The web app is designed to tell the story of the Africville community in an interactive way. The story map was created to provide students with a greater understanding of historical and ongoing environmental justice issues in Nova Scotia.  This resource will serve as a useful tool for teachers across a range of subjects such as history, social studies, and for students who want to learn more independently.  The resource tells the story of Africville, and future climate change impacts on the heritage site of Africville, using text, maps, video, audio and links to social media.

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Themes Addressed

Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

  • Climate Change

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  • Poverty Reduction

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  • Environmental Contaminants & Health Hazards
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  • Environmental Racism/Justice
  • Poverty
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