February's charity colour honours Black history month with a nod to the long history of Black Nova Scotians. This colourway is named after the Birchtown community near Shelburne, Nova Scotia, which was established in 1783 as the largest free settlement of ethnic Africans in North America at the time. It was established by Black loyalists, African-American slaves who fought alongside the British in the Revolutionary war in order to gain their freedom. However, slavery was not fully abolished in Canada until 1834, and many of the Black settlers who arrived remained enslaved, even in the supposedly free settlement of Birchtown. This month we will be donating $16 CAD from every skein of Birchtown to the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, which exists as a cultural gathering place and a museum to memorialize the history and culture of African Nova Scotians. We strongly encourage our Canadian customers especially to put aside time this month to learn about Black history in Canada, which is not nearly as sunny as most white Canadians believe it to be. It is our duty to learn about the darkest parts of our history, so that we can work to build a better future together with those who have been harmed and historically oppressed.
Note: this listing is priced per 1 skein. I developed this colourway last year, before I made large changes to my dyeing technique. As such, there are 4 skeins of this colourway that are lighter and less orange than the rest. I've given the option to purchase from either the lighter or the more orange stock.