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The View from IC - February 2021 - Issue #4

History. It's important. How can we know where we're going if we don't know where we've been? Join us at IC as we read and learn this month.

Black History Month
is celebrated every February in the USA and in Canada. In recognizing the achievements of Black individuals and communities, Black History Month advances the goal of acknowledging and eliminating systemic racism in American and Canadian society.

And from the IC catalogue, the history of interpreting - Legacies and Legends. Scroll down to find out more about Dr. Carolyn Ball's history of interpreter education in the United States.
2021 marks the 95th year of Black History Month in the United States. This year, the theme established by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. 

In Canada, Black History Month has been celebrated annually since February 1996, thanks to the Ontario Black History Society and to Jean Augustine, the first Black woman elected as an MP, who introduced the idea to Parliament. 2021's theme is The Future is Now.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has limited the possibilities for in-person attendance at events. But here are some safe ways to celebrate.

Listen to a concert, take virtual field trips, participate in online discussions, become a bone marrow donor, or support Black-owned businesses.
CNN's Five Ways to Celebrate Black History Month Virtually

Check out the Association for the Study of African American History (ASALH).
EYE on Entrepreneurs

The Legacy Collexion
Meet Robert Small, the Canadian artist behind 27 years of Black History Month posters
The mission of Robert Small's company LEGACY Enterprises (LE) is to use art as a powerful vehicle to educate society about the accomplishments of historic people, to advocate for making school spaces conducive to culturally relevant teaching and for transforming community areas into being reflective of our society.

The LEGACY 2021 poster celebrates resilient African-Canadians who have persevered during difficult times, odds and obstacles. In light of a world-wide pandemic, racial unrest and police brutality, this poster has a message of endurance through hard times.

This year's featured individuals are businessman Denham Jolly, women's advocate Meseret Haileyesus, icon of the labour movement Fred Upshaw, community activist Ekua Walcott, and nurses Beatrice Massop and Clotilda Douglas-Yakimchuk.

A recent graduate of Teachers College from York University, Robert also speaks and presents workshops across the country on the importance of Black History and of culturally-relevant pedagogy in the school system.

Purchase the LEGACY 2021: RESILIENCE poster and more artwork and educational resources at
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- From our catalogue -

How did the interpreter profession come to be?

Dr. Carolyn Ball's history of interpreter education has the answer to this question and more.
Dr. Carolyn Ball discusses her book "Legacies and Legends: History of Interpreter Education from 1800 to the 21st Century."
English transcript available on IC's blog here.

"Legacies and Legends: History of Interpreter Education from 1800 to the 21st Century" answers many questions about the history of interpreter education in the United States.  How did interpreting become a profession? What were the laws that affected Deaf people and the provision of interpreters? Who were the major players in the development of interpreter education?

Read more here: Legacies and Legends catalogue page
New stamps for Black History Month
Canada Post's 13th stamp issue in their ongoing Black History Month series features two early Black Canadian settlements - Willow Grove, New Brunswick and Amber Valley, Alberta (IC's home province). Read their histories here:

Amber Valley, one of the biggest Black settlements in Western Canada, has a rich history.
Our English oddity for February: 

Why do we park on a driveway

and drive on a parkway?


Scroll down for Angela Petrone Stratiy's ASL rendition.

'Trial by Fire' : Sign language interpreters

key part of COVID-19 updates

Edmonton Journal, Dec. 31, 2020
Article by Dylan Short. Photo by ED KAISER / Postmedia

Randy Dwizenka and Carla Dupras are the interpreter team relaying the COVID-19 public briefings of Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, to the province's deaf community.

Alberta's first daily public briefings about the pandemic in March 2020 did not have sign language interpreters. After urging from the deaf community, the province contracted Randy, who is Deaf, and Carla, who is hearing, through Deaf and Hear Alberta.

Nearly one year later, Randy and Carla are still at work, providing valuable information about the pandemic to the deaf community.

Deaf accessibility advocate Crystal Jones hopes the province sees the value of interpreters going forward and continues to have governmental briefings interpreted for the community.

Read Dylan Short's full Edmonton Journal article here

Thank you to all the interpreters

who have been on the front lines


Why do we park on a driveway and drive on a parkway?

Description: Angela wearing a dark shirt sits in front of a dark blue background.
Our English oddity for March: 

Why do tug boats push their barges?
Angela will offer an explanation in ASL next month.
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