Across Cultures

How does integration challenge us?

About this theme

This theme explores some of the economic and social challenges faced by members of cultural communities in Canada.

The Road Taken

The Road Taken
1996, director: Selwyn Jacob

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Lee Williams spent 42 years working on the railroad, much ot that time as a porter. According to him and the other men interviewed in the clip, porters were treated as if they were not human and were routinely humiliated and insulted. This job was one of the few jobs open to Black men. The principal requirement was "endurance".