Pilgrimages are religious forms of travelling to special places which are often times religious but not necessarily so. The pilgrims experience a sense of wellbeing, enjoy good mental health and are at peace of mind when they do these pilgrimages.
No one would ever think of Quebec as a place for pilgrims, it is not the Vatican, or the Wailing Wall in Israel nor is it Mecca and so on. Quebec was once a province dominated by the Roman Catholic Church but it is not today. So why are Haitians coming to Quebec to do a pilgrimage and how does it tie into Black History Month?
Thousands of Haitian people travel to Quebec to search for inspiration and a close connection with God. Filmmaker, police officer, community activist and pilgrim Will Prosper decided to make the film called "The Last Pilgrims," which is about the journey of these Haitians to Notre Dame du Cap and Ste. Anne de Beaupre. Black History Month is a part of Black History and that includes Black women and women’s Issues. Religion has always been a centre theme in the Black community and in the homes of Black people at large.
According to Will Prosper “Some of the pilgrims are seeking miracles, either for themselves or for others. They are doing it mainly because they are helping a brother or a sister and that's what we're lacking in society right now, that great value of helping each other."
Will Prosper was amazed by the amount of praying that is done during these pilgrimages. “Black History Month Organizer Fabienne Colas said religious devotion is an aspect of black heritage that is often glossed over.”
The film was released in 2012 as part of the Black History Month celebrations