Sylvia D. Hamilton is an award-winning Nova Scotian filmmaker, writer, artist and educator. Her films include Black Mother Black Daughter, Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia, Portia White: Think on Me, and The Little Black School House, and been broadcast in Canada and screened at national and international festivals. She’s screened her films and given keynote addresses at conferences, workshops and public events across Canada, in Mexico, Jamaica, New York, San Francisco, Norway and Mauritius.
She was a contributor to and co-editor of We’re Rooted Here and They Can’t Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History, the first collection of its kind published in Canada. Her poetry and essays have appeared in a variety of Canadian publications. And I Alone Escaped to Tell You, was a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets 2015 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and the East Coast Literary J.M. Abraham 2015 Poetry Award.
Excavation: A Site of Memory, a multi-media installation, has been shown in galleries and museums in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec. One adaptation titled Here We Are Here, gave its name to the 2018 Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) National group exhibition titled, Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, which later toured to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Her recognitions include a Gemini Award, the CBC Television Pioneer Award, The Portia White Prize and three honorary degrees. She holds the Rogers Chair in Communications in the School of Journalism at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her most recent documentary is Carrie M. Best: Champion for Human Rights, about Nova Scotia’s ground-breaking journalist and newspaper founder.