Symposium traces Afro-Caribbean roots

Caribbean people have strong roots associated with slavery and indentured labour and the Relief Education Medical Assistance Organization of Ontario is organizing its second-annual Genealogy Symposium aimed at tracing the African heritage of Caribbean roots.

A member of the organizing team said people from the Caribbean are “all one big dysfunctional family who if given the opportunity to understand by tracing and connecting the lineage of our past, will give us a sense of oneness.”

The Caribbean Genealogy Symposium and Reception is slated for Saturday, Aug. 29 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Ellesmere Community Centre, 20 Canadian Rd., Scarborough.

“Now is time to get together in a type of community class-room setting few times each year, where we can search and connect our distance relatives, island to island,” the organizing team said in a statement.

The keynote speaker is Pooran Bridgelal, a specialist from the Toronto branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society.

There will also be a guide in family history research of Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent & Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Guyana and Dominica.

For more information contact Edna Hunt 416-293-2502, Elma Gabriel 416-282-4557, Elroy Joseph 416-436-9816, Fred Prescod 905-387-4717 or Audrey Lewis 416-829-6201.