Celebrating The Life of a Community Historian and Trailblazer


The Board of Directors and Staff of the Black Cultural Society / Centre along with Board Chair, Craig Smith and Executive Director, Russell Grosse, offer sincere condolences on the passing this week of a community Historian, Leader and Trailblazer Dr. Bridglal Pachai.

Dr. Pachai who was affectionately known as “Bridge” was the third Executive Director of the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia from 1985 to 1989. Today we celebrate and reflect on his contributions to laying the important foundation of the Black Cultural Centre in our early years.

A native of South Africa. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in History (with Honours) from the University of South Africa as well as a Ph.D., in History, from the University of Natal. He made his journey to Canada in 1975 as Senior Killam Professor of History, Dalhousie University. He also was involved with St Mary’s University and Mount St Vincent University. Dr. Pachai also made an incredible contribution to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission as an Executive Director from 1989-1994.

He had a passion for teaching and sharing the rich heritage and culture of peoples of the African Diaspora. A historian and author he penned over 20 books that shared a great knowledge of history and culture. Recipient of many awards and honours, Dr. Pachai will be sadly missed by all those he touched. He will be remembered for his humbleness, wisdom, contribution to society and for providing a reference point of research for African Canadian history and culture.

We stand in support of his family at this time and remember the contributions.

For more information visit: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/halifax-ns/bridglal-pachai-8942883

Community History / Archives Features

Additonal Toursim Resources
African Nova Scotian Directory - Google Local Guide
African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide
Africville Story Map
Destination Liberty: Your guide to Black Historic Travel Destinations in Nova Scotia
Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)
Jamaican Maroons in Halifax: A Black Canadian History Guide
Nova Scotia Toursim: Discover African Nova Scotia

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