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.
Daisy May Gordon
Former domestic, West Indian Domestic Scheme
Special Thanks to:
Filmed and Edited by:
This video series is a joint project between Jaku Konbit and Black History Ottawa with financial assistance from the City of Ottawa.
Welcome! Shelf3D is a visual search interface connected with YouTube, Google Images, Amazon and Twitter. Things you can do: Search for Anything! See What's New! AutoPlay Video Searches and Playlists. Resize the 3 Panels any way you like. Show off your newest video uploads with your twitter feed and video description links. Use your mouse scroll wheel to travel time in the shelf. Customize the look. Set an image or a .mp4 background video behind the shelf. Plus more features and improvements all the time! All with no popup windows and no reloading delays. Proceeds from included links and video overlay ads go to the artists. Other ad proceeds go toward powering this free service. If you are interested in being a sponsor or would like to integrate a custom version of the shelf with your site please Email Shelf3D. Made in the U.S.A.