Amber Valley Documentary

Amber Valley, Alberta

“One of the Black settlements created through the persistence of the Oklahoma African-Americans remains to this day. Amber Valley was settled by Black farmers who had been denied the same rights as others and who found the laws in Oklahoma to be more restrictive regarding Black rights. At the same time, the Canadian West was opening up, and settlers were actively being sought from the American Midwest.
Beginning in 1910 with a few individuals, then in 1911 about 200 were prepared to face the stiff border crossing questions. Successful under the leadership of Jefferson Edwards, it was decided to move to an area some distance away from Edmonton to form their own community. At its height, there were about 300 residents and they eventually had their own all-Black baseball team representing Amber Valley. More would have migrated had there been supportive measures by the Canadian government to allow family and former neighbours to join them from Oklahoma. Now only a few families remain.”  [source:]


A new documentary details the history of Alberta’s Amber Valley, north of Edmonton, settled by black immigrants. Historian and playwright Cheryl Foggo is part of a Calgary-made documentary, “Secret Alberta: The Former Life of Amber Valley.”

Listen to an interview with author and playwright Cheryl Foggo on The Homestretch show

Read about the documentary in the Calgary Herald:

National Post: The black people in the Middle of Nowhere: The lost community of Amber Valley, AB

Library and Archives Canada: About Amber Valley

Wikipedia: Amber Valley, Alberta, Canada

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Black History Month officially recognized in Alberta

Read about the event here



The official public celebration occurred on Thursday February 2nd, at the Alberta Legislature:


As the descendants of the original Black families who settled in Alberta, you are cordially invited to the 1st Black History Month Ceremony at the Alberta Legislature.

Please join Speaker Bob Wanner and MLA David Shepherd, who is the only Black MLA in Alberta, for the official ceremony to recognize the rich history of Albertans of African and Caribbean descent. Black Albertans have been part of our province for over 100 years, making significant contributions to our industry, culture and communities. This event will serve as the first official recognition of those accomplishments. The ceremony will also feature performances by Mbira Renaissance Band Unplugged, Ahmed Knowmadic, and Erin David. This will all take place Thursday, February 2 at 5:45 p.m. in the Main level Rotunda of the Alberta Legislature.

Following the ceremony, we will be taking a historical group photo on the Rotunda steps.

The Alberta’s NDP Government Caucus will then be hosting a dinner reception in the Capital View Room of the Edmonton Federal Building. Guests are welcome to join our MLAs and Ministers to share ideas for a better province and celebrate the work of Albertans of African and Caribbean descent.

Mbira Renaissance Band Unplugged:

February 2nd, 2017

Alberta Legislature

Main Floor Rotunda

10800 – 97 Avenue



Ceremony: February 2nd, 2017 Alberta Legislature Main Floor Rotunda 10800 97 Ave


Reception: February 2nd, 2017

Edmonton Federal Building Capita View Room

9820-107 St