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Published on Feb 25, 2012
Ottawa's Black Pioneers The West Indian Domestics Scheme
A Canadian government scheme to recruit female domestics of African descent was established in 1955. Most applicants came from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and British Guiana. To be eligible, an applicant had to be a single female in good health aged between eighteen and thirty-five. After working as a domestic for at least a year, a West Indian Domestic woman would be granted landed immigrant status. Since a number of these women already had previous professional qualifications, they left domestic work and had successful careers in other fields. Here are the stories of some Ottawa women who migrated to Canada under this program.
Interview with: Melissa Rowe Former domestic, West Indian Domestic Scheme
Special Thanks to: Nigel Antoine Ken Campbell Mae Fagan Sylvia Gayle Daisy Gordon Patrick Martin Ruby Martin Phyllis Pinnock Florence Robinson Joanne Robinson Barbara Wilson
Producer Sarah Onyango
Filmed and Edited by: Garmamie email@example.com
This video series is a joint project between Jaku Konbit and Black History Ottawa with financial assistance from the City of Ottawa.