A chocolate bar and my ancestors
Vikki Shelley Ali
Vikki Ali, a Canadian with Trinidadian roots, works within the refugee space in Canada, and has a special interest in Caribbean literature, and particularly how colonial experiences have shaped post-colonial culture.
The Indian indentureship system transported labourers to European colonies such as Trinidad to work on sugar plantations after the abolition of slavery. They settled, introducing a new dimension to the cultural and social fabric of the land with their language and customs. A significant number of workers went into cocoa cultivation. Some of the world’s finest cocoa is grown in Trinidad, due to a unique combination of geography, climate and phenomenal research brought by the Europeans.