Black Domestic Workers in Canada
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The paper reveals that domestic workers in Canada today face most of the problems that the Caribbean women faced a hundred years ago. The paper relates that from the early 1900s, female domestic workers were recruited from Guadeloupe and the British Caribbean to accommodate demand for cheap domestic labour. The paper discusses the "Domestic Scheme" where a very small number of candidates were admitted into Canada as domestic help. The paper highlights how Canada's immigration policies were, until a few decades ago, very racist and sexist.
From the Paper:"Even though Canada has had a black population since the 1700s, much of its immigration policies, until the 1960s, have been prejudiced against black people and people of colour in general. Black people came to Canada as slaves, and then as fugitives running and escaping from the slavery in the USA, one it was abolished in the British Empire. Many were farmers that worked their own land. But as Brand (1991) points out, "the abolition of slavery did not eradicate racism as an organizing principle within the social, economic and political life of Canada and the USA" (p. 14)."
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