A new book about Black pioneers who have shaped Canada

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Trailblazers: The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada is a children's book that introduces readers to Canada's Black history through the brave, shocking and real-life stories of our country's Black pioneers. This Canadian book will feature the incredible and under-told stories of over 40 Black trailblazers with representation across regions, time periods, professions, ethnicities and other intersections. Each short story is written in rhyme form and accompanied by beautiful illustrations so little ones are engaged while they read and learn.

Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore and Merryl-Royce Ndema-Moussa talk to David Peck talk about the book project, pioneers who have shaped Canada, universal stories, counter narratives, systemic racism, codified bias and representation in art.

About the authors:

Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore: Ridley-Padmore is a lifelong bookworm and the author and researcher of Trailblazers: The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada. As a dedicated social advocate, Ridley-Padmore believes in the transformative power of inclusive representation and intersectional story telling. Tiyahna has a master's degree in public policy and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Merryl-Royce Ndema-Moussa: Ndema-Moussa is a passionate, self-taught artist and the illustrator of Trailblazers: The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada. As a new father, he hopes to leverage his artistic skill set to foster a more equitable world for the next generation.

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F2F Music: David Peck and Face2Face. 

For more information about David Peck's podcasting, writing and public speaking please visit his site here. With thanks to Josh Snethlage and Mixed Media Sound.

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