Tonya Sutherland-Stewart

Tonya Sutherland-Stewart

About the Program

Over the past year, Tonya has gone through the process of conducting research to better understand the important role food played in Windsor’s Emancipation Day celebrations. This has involved going through archival records, studying academic sources that discuss food history in Canada, and interviewing someone who participated in the festivities. During Tonya’s ONCD event, she will be giving a talk to share how these different paths of knowledge taught led her to better understand the foods of Emancipation Day, and the impact that they had on Windsor’s community. In addition to her talk and a brief Q&A, she will invite the audience to experience some of the spirit of the celebrations by sharing a meal and enjoying musical performances together. Attendees will receive a free sample of some of the barbeque foods that would have been served at the celebrations (e.g. ribs, chicken, baked beans); they may also bring their own picnics, or purchase food from vendors that will be onsite.


These programs would not be possible without the support of the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Toronto Arts Council.

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund is a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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