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Beyond Culture: A Conversation about African Canadian History and Futures in British Columbia

Artistic rendering of the New Hogan’s Alley (Perkins + Will / City of Vancouver)

On the surface, the history of Hogan’s Alley tells a tragic tale of a Black community interrupted by the aspiration of modernity, of the less powerful getting caught in the urban growth machine. But digging deeper into the past reveals Canada’s enduring anti-Black politics situated within a settler colony established by and for a white patriarchal society. Through a racial and gendered lens we’ll take a re-look at Hogan’s Alley and the systemic destruction of Black families, neighbourhoods, and cultural assets in urban Canada. It challenges the characterization of Canadian identity as one based on tolerance and multi-culturalism, and offers a connection between the treatment of marginalized communities and the widening equity gap in the name of economic development.  We will also look at the interventions being conducted by the Hogan’s Alley Society in Vancouver to disrupt status quo real estate development towards models of shared equity and community land stewardship as a means of building more just cities.

When: Thursday January 24, 2019 | 4 – 5 pm
MOA Room 213
Speaker: Stephanie Allen, Hogan’s Alley Society and Candidate in Master’s in Urban Studies, Simon Fraser University