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Dr. Alfred Shadd Virtual Exhibit – Reflection Resource

Dr. Alfred Shadd was the first documented person of African descent to live in what is now Saskatchewan. The WDM has developed an exhibit in partnership with the Melfort and District Museum and the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum honouring him and his legacy. Students will explore the Dr. Alfred Schmitz Shadd virtual exhibit before completing a set of reflection questions.


Grade 8 | Grade 9 | High School 10-20-30


Moose Jaw | North Battleford | Saskatoon | Virtual | Yorkton


September 5, 2023 - June 26, 2024 | Virtual


ELA | History | Social Studies

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In Classroom Resource


Dr. Alfred Schmitz Shadd was the first person of African ancestry known to travel to what is now Saskatchewan. Coming to the Northwest Territories from Ontario to teach, he later returned with a medical degree and established himself as a pillar of the Melfort and Kinistino (formerly Carrot River Settlement) communities. Though he faced discrimination at first upon his arrival in the Northwest Territories, the community quickly grew to accept him and he became an important and well-respected figure in the communities of Carrot River Settlement and Melfort.

Exploring Dr. Shadd’s life and legacy will help students understand how policies adopted in the United States influenced people on both sides of our shared border, challenge the myth that racial and cultural diversity among settlers in Saskatchewan is a recent phenomenon, and encourage them to think about what makes someone historically significant.

Dr. Alfred Shadd Virtual Exhibit – Reflection Questions – Full Resource Information (PDF)


Visit the Dr. Alfred Schmitz Shadd virtual exhibit.

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Dr. Shadd portrait, date unknown.
Photo courtesy Melfort & District Museum


Curriculum Connections

Grade 8
Social Studies IN8.2, DR8.3
ELA Cr8.1, CR8.2, CR8.3, CR8.6, CR8.7

Grade 9
Social Studies DR9.4, PA9.3, RW9.2, RW9.3
ELA CR9.1a/b, CR9.2a/b, CR9.3a/b, CR9.7a/b

Social Studies 20

History 30
Social Studies 30


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