Gail Arlene Ito

Independent Historian

Gail Arlene Ito is a retired Elementary School Administrator from Regina, Saskatchewan .She has a 30 year background in elementary education, special education and administrative roles in several elementary schools. Ito attended the University of Regina, Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington, earning a Bachelor of Education, a Post Graduate Diploma and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Ito has a 40 year involvement in the community of Regina and many volunteer activities include being a member and coach of the Saskatchewan Field Hockey Assoc. helping to organize the annual tournaments at Taylor Field. Ito has worked with the Regina Teachers Club to raise funds for research for Parkinson’s disease. She has also been a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders committee to promote ticket sales and donations for the Food Bank.

Sammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990)

Sammy Davis, Jr. was born on December 8, 1925 in Harlem, New York. His parents, Sammy Davis, Sr., an African American, and Elvera Sanchez, a Cuban American, were both vaudeville dancers.  They separated when young Davis was three years old and his father took him on tour with … Read MoreSammy Davis, Jr. (1925-1990)

Julius Lester (1939- )

Image Ownership: Public Domain Scholar and civil rights activist Julius Lester was born January 27, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of a Methodist minister. Lester spent much of his childhood in Missouri, where in the 1940s and 1950s he dealt with southern attitudes about race and segregation before and during the … Read MoreJulius Lester (1939- )

John Nobles (c. 1880s-c. 1940s)

Map of the Coachella Valley Image Ownership: Public Domain John Nobles was a black pioneer who mysteriously came to own a large swath of land in the 1930s in the Coachella Valley, California. This happened at a time when the sale of land to blacks … Read MoreJohn Nobles (c. 1880s-c. 1940s)

The Coloured Hockey League of the Maritimes (1890s-1920s)

Nova Scotia is considered the place of origin of modern ice hockey. The quantity of natural ponds ideal for skating, combined with the British gaming tradition helped facilitate the geographic and social conditions necessary for the development and creation of the game now known as … Read MoreThe Coloured Hockey League of the Maritimes (1890s-1920s)

Black Loyalists Exodus to Nova Scotia (1783)

Drawing of Black Loyalists in Nova Scotia Image Courtesy of History Collection, Nova Scotia Museum The Black Loyalists were the approximately 3,000 African American supporters of the British during the American Revolution who were repatriated to British Canada at the end of the conflict.   Most … Read MoreBlack Loyalists Exodus to Nova Scotia (1783)

The Quest for Land and Freedom on Canada’s Western Prairies: Black Oklahomans in Alberta and Saskatchewan, 1905-1912

John Ware Ranch near Brooks, Alberta, ca. 1896 Image Courtesy of Janet Ware In the following article Canadian independent historian Gael Greene examines the arrival of black emigrants from Oklahoma in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.  These pioneer settlers carved out communities on … Read MoreThe Quest for Land and Freedom on Canada’s Western Prairies: Black Oklahomans in Alberta and Saskatchewan, 1905-1912