Black Heritage Network Meeting
November 20, 2000
Meeting Participants: Donna Ford (Interim Chair), Jennifer Dunkerson, Lyn Roberts, Wilma Morrison, June Harper, Harry Harper, Ada Summers, Jim Hill, Rick Mander, Neville Nunes, Rochelle Bush, Marilyn Driscoll, Greg McCandless.
Resource People: Karen Daniels, Lorraine Hogan, Paul Samson.
Changes to Minutes of the September 25th Meeting:
Clarification regarding information in SWOT analysis document
1. Salem Chapel (section under “threats”) – Issue regarding the denial of the connection between Harriet Tubman and the church is a local issue that does not affect the work of the Network.
2. Bertie Hall – the property belongs to the Parks Commission but the museum is a separate entity. The issue listed under “threats” regarding lack of local support is a local issue and not a Network issue.
3. Welland Historical Museum – the Black Heritage exhibit is on display until June 30, 2001.
4. Griffin House – under the “strengths” section the house was in the family from 1834 1984.
Business Arising from September 25th Meeting:
City of St. Catharines proposal to Canada’s Digital Collections Program
- $20,000 grant was approved by Industry Canada last week.
- Anticipating starting the project in December or early January.
- Purpose of the grant is to hire 4 young people to work on the development of a web-site on the Underground Railroad
- Steering committee will be formed to oversee the project including: hiring of youth, content, format, name and area of scope (flexibility to expand the scope of the project outside Niagara region).
- Niagara College is interested in being a project partner and can provide technical support through their multi-media department.
- The site will be hosted on the Industry Canada web-site, however, the City has the ability to include other features such as: e-commerce component, education materials that teachers can download etc…
- Network members willing to participate on the project steering committee: Rochelle Bush, Lyn Roberts, Wilma Morrison, Neville Nunes, Lorraine Hogan, Arlene White.
Letter of Intent
- Core sites have met twice since the September 25th meeting to finalize the Letter of Intent.
- Letter of Intent is being circulated to core sites for signature.
- Griffin House returned signed copy.
- Name of the Network has been changed to the “Central Ontario Network for Black History”,
- The name may have to be re-visited in the future should the Network decide to incorporate. As part of the incorporation process, groups must do a name search. If the current name is not accepted then the Network may have to modify it.
- Donna Ford and Jennifer Dunkerson to meet to begin to draft the application for funding.
- Paul Samson to follow up with Christine Dudley, co- ordinator of the Windsor Network to see if copies of their two HRDC applications can be shared.
African Canadian Heritage Tour Network
- Received not for profit status which will enable the Network to access other sources of funding.
- Steve, Marketing Manager, has started to sell tee-shirts to raise funds for the Network. Each tee-shirt cost $10.45 (including cost of the art work) that sites are selling for $15- 18 each. The proceeds from the sale of the tee-shirts go to the site and the Network. The tee-shirts have the face from the brochures on the front with a map of the Windsor sites on the back. Their first order was for 150 tee-shirts of which they have sold 145. Steve is preparing to submit a second order for which the price of the tee-shirts has dropped to $8.50 each (due to volume) and is prepared to order tee- shirts for the Niagara Network. The Niagara tee-shirts would have the same front with a map to the Niagara/Central Ontario sites on the back. The Network can do this collectively or each site can contact Steve to place an individual order. The Windsor Network is expecting to raise $1500 from the sale of the tee-shirts next year.