Rest in Peace ...ESMA REDZEPOVA - TEODOSIEVSKA ... Šutka-Skopje, 8 August 1943 - 11 December 2016
Check out this resource for information on Slovakian Roma:
Great documentary on tvo about the roma and other refugees
Ratna Omidvar is the co-author of "Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada," documenting the journeys of 30 refugees who settled in this country. She is joined on The Agenda by three of the subjects from her book to discuss their experiences, their unique gifts and Canada's changing attitudes and policies toward refugees. FEATURING ROBI BOTOS
The Agenda with Steve Paikin
"On February 6, 1911, the Toronto Daily Star reported the eviction of a group of “gypsies” who had been living in a camp near Yonge and Eglinton. The relocated people were now living near Mimico, their animals and goods temporarily stored at a livery in downtown Toronto. The Star’s small, three-paragraph article hints at the complicated relationship between the established residents of the community and one of the Toronto area’s first camps of “gypsies.”
Link courtesy of http://heritagetoronto.org/the-story-of-torontos-gypsies/
The Story of Toronto's Gypsies
MORE ROMANI STORIES - ROMEDIA FOUNDATION'S VIDEOS
The people who later became Roma originated in Northwest India and were part of the Rajput Confederacy in North-Central India in what was then called Gurjara. In the first decade of the 11th Century CE, this area was invaded, plundered and gradually subjugated by invaders from Ghaza in what is now Afghanistan. These vassal states of the Ghaznavid Empire were then forced to pay annual tribute to Mahmud Ghazni, the ruler of Ghaza. This took the form of precious metals, farm produce and war elephants among other items including Hindu soldiers from the Kshatriya Cast. (read more)
Myth: Roma are nomadic and have no fixed address.
Fact: In Eastern Europe, the vast majority of Roma are sedentary. In the former Communist countries, Roma were settled and turned into an urbanized sub-proletariat. Large numbers of Roma have been sedentary for generations in Hungary, Slovakia, Rumania, the former Yugoslavia, Poland, the former Soviet Union and elsewhere. In Western Europe, Roma have traditionally followed commercial nomadism but many are now settled. In Spain, Roma have been settled since the 16th century. The concept that Roma are nomadic is a myth that does not stand up to the historical reality. (READ MORE)
A chance to share our art, our music, and our history with the people of Toronto!
April 9th, 7 PM - 9 PM, ROBI BOTOS - FREE WORKSHOP BLOOR STREET UNITED CHURCH
April 12th, 3 PM - 6 PM - Youth Talent Show and Storytelling, slideshow exhibit
Contact The Toronto Roma Community Centre for your tickets in advance! 416-824-2434