About Us

(l-r) Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Hon. Percy Paris and Wilfred Jackson

(l-r) Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs Hon. Percy Paris and Wilfred Jackson

OUR HISTORY

As  early as 2006-2008, local members of the Society of North American Hockey  Historians and Researchers (SONAHHR), together with authors, George and Darril  Fosty, Black Ice: The Lost History of the Colored  Hockey League of the Maritimes, 1895-1925, were instrumental in hosting three (3) major  Black Ice Hockey & Sports Conferences  and Hall of Fame Inductions, in Dartmouth, NS. In addition, two commemorative  Colored Hockey League (CHL) games have been played, show casing the talents of  today’s senior black hockey players. The significance of our findings is not just about hockey,  but rather about the significant loss of an important piece of African Canadian History that includes the  American Underground Railroad and the leadership of the African United Baptist  Churches. After the August 2008 conference, the original organizing group  disbanded and a new not for profit group was formed. On May 27, 2009, the  Black Ice Hockey & Sports Hall of Fame Society (BIS) was incorporated by the Province of Nova  Scotia.

KEY STAKE HOLDERS

Our key stakeholders are the founding Board of Directors, who to this point, perform or find other volunteer assistance to carry out various tasks.  Presently, we hold monthly meetings at our BOD workplaces. Our current funding has been secured through grant submissions. The roster for the commemorative Colored Hockey League games are skilled African Canadian players, who give of their time and talent, freely. All of the Instructors of the children’s Black Youth Hockey Initiative Program are required to complete the standards of Hockey Nova Scotia, including  Speak out, Child Abuse Registry, and Criminal Records Checks. In addition, special guest coaches and community role models are invited to assist and participate. The focus is on having fun, learning to skate, and basic hockey skills. The BIS role is to identify black youths, and other visible minorities and their families to participate in this program. Our African Nova Scotian Board members will assist all parents with hockey issues related to costs, equipment, transportation, comfort, acceptance, etc.

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FOUNDING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

WILFRED JACKSON, President (Retired Social Worker);  LELAND (LEE) FRANCIS, Treasurer (Social  Worker); OLIVE JACKSON, Secretary (Retired Civil Servant); BARBARA BORDEN,  Communications/Internet  (Dalhousie University Administration Clerk), and ANDREW TENCH, Vice-President (Photographer).  In addition, some of our Board Members are direct descendants of Coloured Hockey League players,  local hockey players, and  Members of the  Society of North American Hockey Historians and Researchers (SONAHHR) and have  participated in leadership roles in past conferences.

As Founders of the independent Black Ice Hockey and  Sports Hall of Fame Society (BIS), the  Board of Directors have extended invitations  to other interested parties, to become Members-at-large. All Members-at-large  are expected to support the BIS mandate and to assist in the growth and  development of the Black Ice Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame Society.