• B[l]ack to the Future: Black Settlements in Canada for the 2020s and Beyond
    Vol. 1 No. 1 (2021)

    This issue is from submissions of Spring 2021's HIST421 students in the 'B[l]ack to the Future: Black Settlements in Canada for the 2020s and Beyond' course.

    As a senior-level course, students were encouraged to undergird their work in independent and collective learning, followed by the public sharing of their journal articles.

    Students were tasked with taking on an individual topic (article) to create a collective idea (journal volume) to 'imagine' a possible (plausible) Black Settlement in Canada. Students critically engaged with historical, contemporary, and futurist topics needed to address this possibility.

  • Vol. 2 (2022)

    This issue marks my first go as an editor of an open journal, and it would not have been possible without the patience and insight of University of Waterloo Library’s Digital Repositories Librarian Jordan Hale and their colleagues Cecily Walker and Maryam Arif. Thank you, Jordan! 

    Special thanks to our Contributing Editors Eden Mekonen, Tarin Carlos Charles, Greg Campbell and Zabeen Khamisa and I would also like to extend a very special thanks to Dr. Naila Keleta-Mae, from whose classroom most of this issue’s submission came from.  

    Lastly, thank you Dr. Christopher Taylor for this opportunity. You’re building something special here at Waterloo, it's an honor to be a part of it.  

    - Aaron Francis, University of Waterloo

  • Special Edition: Community-Based Research
    Vol. 3 No. 1 (2023)

    In keeping with our mission to engage with collaborators in community and center knowledges produced outside the academy, the Sankofa Network for Transformative Community Research (SNTCR), hired a community based researcher to produce a special edition chapter on the realm of their expertise. 

    Rayanne Banaga is a community mental health educator and counsellor who uses alternative frameworks that reference Afrocentric and Indigenous healing practices. In line with the main principle of the network, Sankofa, she aims to analyze how the past has understood Black psychology to bring forth only what is useful. Their work is formed to empower folks though psychoeducation and is practiced through mutual aid and peer support and can be found at