Connecting the Dots Projects

Ottawa

Equality via Black Community

1 Resource Corporation Service

This is an introductory letter about One Resource Services Corp. and a request for your sponsorship support to our 2018 Knapsack Back-to-School Drive and gofundme campaign titled Equality via Black Education. One Resource Services Corp. is a registered, non-profit organization that operates at the local level to provide a variety of community and business services aimed at improving the day to day lives and commercial inclusion of black people in the Ottawa area, Canada’s capital city (5.7% population; 2011 Census). In an effort to ensure that under-privileged students will be supported during this school year with comparable tools and supplies as their peers, One Resource will be be running a Knapsack Back-to-school drive on an annual basis. Visit our gofundme campaign https://www.gofundme.com/manage/Equality-via-Black-Education. This is our kick-off event in our One Resource Services Corp. 2018-2019 School Program. We would really appreciate your being involved in making a difference in the education related experience of black students and the future of leadership in Canada and North America. Your generous support may take the form of a monetary contribution or a contribution in the form of school supplies and materials. The One Resource Services Corporation 2018 Knapsack Drive will be held Saturday, September 8th, 2:00pm to 4:00pm at 133 Besserer Street (corner of Dalhousie) in Ottawa. This is a great opportunity for your organization to support a worthy cause as well as showcase your commitment to the local community. As a participating sponsor, you will receive reference and signage in all event announcements and promotional materials and you will also have the opportunity to say a few words to the recipient children on the day of the event.

Areas of focus: Education, Civic Engagement

1 Resource Services Corporation

1 Resource Services Corporation

We provide educational, networking and related business services to individuals and community groups focused on building and improving black persons. Our activities are designed to permit black persons to experience a more equitable standing in all societal streams including employment, commerce, education, politics and healthcare.

Areas of focus: Economic Prosperity, Civic Engagement, Employment Equity, Art & Culture, Education, Justice, Health

Blacks people in the Bible: Presence and Contribution

New Nation Christian Centre Church

New Nation Christian Centre, a recognized charitable organization, is organizing a lecture for the Black community and Black History Month. We want to take a look back into history that highlights the presence and contribution of Black people in the Bible. Our objective is to demonstrate the presence and participation of Blacks in the Bible, revealing some hidden truths that are very heartening for Black people. This lecture will help to combat false prejudices and misinterpretations about origins and skin colour. Our aim is to improve the level of acceptance of ourselves and others, of all human beings. Speaker Pastor Silas Leno has studied in a number of postsecondary and university institutions: ✓ Licentiate in practical theology (Bible Institute, Republic of Guinea); ✓ Honours degree in Christian education (Langenbruck Institute, Switzerland); ✓ Bachelor’s degree in systematic theology (Acadia University, Canada); ✓ Master’s degree in systematic and historical theology (Saint Paul University, Canada); ✓ Master’s degree in psychopedagogy and andragogy (Université de Montréal, Canada); ✓ PhD (doctorate) under way.

Areas of focus: Education

Young Leaders Advisory Council

Young Leaders Advisory Council

In 2016, the Young Leaders Advisory Council (YLAC) was created by young leaders who saw a void in the Ottawa community. We created YLAC to create a place where racialized young people could find opportunities to achieve equality. Mission We seek to provide a platform for youth and young professionals to identify, meet, collaborate, and grow the skills necessary to become decision-makers and influencers. Our mission is to situate young people of racialized communities in positions of leadership and influence by promoting diversity and inclusion within Ottawa and across Canada. In collaboration with our allies, we work to influence the Canadian narrative of the Black diaspora. We do this through advocacy, mentorship and education. Vision We are dedicated to ensuring the future of young racialized Canadians. We advocate for that future through: empowering young people of African, Indigenous, and other racialized communities, and building relationships with our allies. We focus on increasing civic engagement through: mentorship and volunteerism, encouraging knowledge of heritage and cultural traditions; and providing a platform for young people to become the leaders

Areas of focus: Education, Civic Engagement

ānāyā arts

ānāyā arts

Growing up in Africa in the 90's, drawing was trumped by the push to take the frequently chosen path and secure what is deemed as a "real job". After neglecting her passion of drawing for almost 10 years, Fiona finally started to create her own path towards the arts. And with fear as determination, she is now the creator of ānāyā arts: minimalist black art that aims to represent black beauty, black culture & black hair. With her God given talent, Fiona strives to utilize the platforms of today that allow young ambitious folks to defy the odds and live in their truth. She is transforming what she once viewed as mere doodles into wall art and wearable art for those who connect with her work and encourages everyone to creāte art, whatever your art may be!

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

Addiction and Mental Health Awareness

Fabiola’s Addiction and Mental Health Awareness & Support Foundation (FAMHAS Foundation)

FAMHAS is a nonprofit organization, launched with the purpose of raising awareness and providing support to people of visible minority in the Ottawa community who suffers from mental illnesses and addiction problems. The foundation was created in honor of Fabiola Philippe who suffered from addiction and mental health problems. Knowing all too well the pain, confusion, and lost that can come with addiction and mental health issues, her sister Marie Philippe-Remy and daughter Lydia Philippe decided to launch the FAMHAS Foundation on November 30th, 2018, to commemorate what would have been her 36th birthday. The foundation is working hand in hand with the community to educate and bring awareness to those suffering and their families.

Areas of focus: Health, Education

Bantu App

Bantu App Inc

Ever had trouble finding a good local hairdresser? Are you looking to switch up your look? Want to see what else is out there before you commit? Or are you traveling to a new area and need your hair done? Bantu can help! We’ve designed an app that helps women to find talented stylists who specialize in kinky, coily or curly hair. Whether you're a naturalista or relaxed, you’re sure to find a trusted stylist who can hook you up! Bantu allows you to sort by proximity, price, hair style, and review stylist ratings. Easily view a stylist’s bio and pictures of their work. If someone catches your eye you can message them directly on the app to set up your appointment. Everything is centralized, making finding a trusted stylist much easier, and all within your fingertips.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

What's Poppin' in the City

Ottawa Young Black Professionals (YBP)

Ottawa Young Black Professionals (YBP) is a networking organization that uses social media to connect its members to social and networking events taking place in the city of Ottawa. This is achieved using a weekly email called, "What's Poppin' in the City," which is distributed to members via email, Facebook and Twitter. By promoting opportunities for connection, YBP hopes to build relationships within the community that result in new friendships, business partnerships, increased knowledge and more opportunities for connection.

Areas of focus: Education, Art & Culture

Platform about African wealth and legacy

africanwealthexposed.com

Hi everyone and welcome to African Wealth Exposed. African culture has forever been a passion to me, and being exposed to different African forms of art from the day I took my first breath, my love for Africa has never ceased to grow more and more. On this blog, and platform-to-be, you will find content about everything that touches African wealth from the perspective of a young Canadian of African-descent. Expect to find historical and cultural facts, travel tips, as well as various educational content for people of African-descent, but also from other backgrounds, that will leave them in AWE, like in African Wealth Exposed. My goal: to put Africa on the map, and erase that image of a destroyed and worthless Africa.

Areas of focus: Media & Journalism

Toronto

National Society of Black Engineers Hackathon

National Society of Black Engineers University of Toronto chapter

A hackathon is an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming in order to create a unique technical project. NSBEHacks is the first student-run university black hackathon in the GTA. It is a 24-hour fun-filled hackathon hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers UofT Chapter. We believe in equaling the footing for black students within Canada by placing them in a comfortable environment where they’re allowed to be creative and innovative, and also affording them opportunities for personal and career development through the help of our trusted partners, workshops and mentors.

Areas of focus: Civic Engagement, Education

The Three Friends

Imani Enterprises

“The Three Friends” is a new youth production that fuses theatre, spoken word, movement and acapella music to explore race relations and African Canadian history through the eyes of Maggie from Gravenhurst, Ontario, Jasper, from Atlanta, Georgia and Eric from Guysborough, Nova Scotia. After a Black Lives Matter protest causes racial tensions at Jean Augustine University, the students with the support of Black Student Advisor, Miss Akuba hold an assembly to teach the student body that #BlackHistoryisWorldHistory. Written and directed by Award Winning Playwright and Activist Anne-Marie Woods aka Amani, audiences will be taken on a historical journey. From Viola Desmond, to Chloe Cooley, from Mathieu Da Costa to Aesop’s Fables, from Black Lives Matter to Imhotep … whether we are of European descent or African descent whether we are Canadian or American – conversations about race and culture aren’t always easy but through the eyes of The Three Friends we learn that they are necessary. Woods knows the hard work and determination it takes to get your work from the page to the stage, which is why she is thrilled to announce that “The Three Friends” will be presented for the second time at Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts (RHPCA). Produced by her company Imani Enterprises as part of their 2018/2019 Season. The Three Friends will be one of 13 shows that are part of the RHCPA- Education Series

Areas of focus: Art & Culture, Civic Engagement, Justice

HERO: Inspired By The Extraordinary Life & Times Of Mr. Ulric Cross

CaribbeanTales

"Hero is truly a work that transcends its simple title. It brings perspective and true meaning to what a Hero is and all that one can be. This is a thought-provoking and visually beautiful work of cinematography produced by France-Anne Solomon that represents our Caribbean heritage, the trials, and struggles of our fore parents, and how we as a people have and continue to contribute to the world. Our stories need to be heard. Black history is world history." Lynette Greenidge, Caribbean Historian. In 1941 Ulric Cross, a young man from Trinidad, leaves his island home to seek his fortune. He survives the War as the RAF’s most decorated West Indian. Then, his life takes another course and he becomes part of the movement of history. Cross’ long life spanned key moments of the 20th Century including independence in Africa and the Caribbean. CaribbeanTales represents HERO and is a registered Canadian Charity no. 87896 4618 RR0001, committed to building community here in Canada because it leads to healthy individuals, intercultural understanding, and healthy communities. We are also committed to building a global community between Canadians and like minded artists, cultural entrepreneurs and community builders throughout the Diaspora.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

Advancing Canada's Black Communities: Creating Opportunities, Celebrating Excellence, Investing In The Future

Black Business and Professional Association

An organization serving the Black community’s business, professional and economic development needs.

Areas of focus: Economic Prosperity

Legacy Building Symposium

Afro Caribbean Business Network Foundation Canada

ACBN - LEGACY BUILDING SYMPOSIUM Growing Your Business Capacity For the Next Generation... The ACBN Legacy Building Symposium inspires and educates black entrepreneurs with experts from our business community, world-class keynote speakers, and an array of dynamic workshop sessions. This Symposium will not only focus on current business issues and best practices, but also provide practical tools, tips and techniques to use right away.

Areas of focus: Economic Prosperity

P.U.R.P.L.E.

180 Change Street

180 Change Street is proud to announce we will be rolling out “Purple”, a year long initiative aimed to address trauma and mental health from a street centred lens. With the current state of affairs in the streets, we felt it was critical to do away with reactive bandaid solutions and focus on more long term effective strategies for the streets. What makes this initiative even more dynamic, is that it is a front end approach that gives us a way to move the conversation forward and further. A solution that does not wait to act only when one is suspended, expelled, arrested or killed, but one that is a way of life from day one. Arming our youth with the intelligence and critically thinking that fosters positive growth and personal development. It’s time to put one in the head and shoot for the skies!!!

Areas of focus: Health, Art & Culture, Civic Engagement

Hair

Shot by Selina

Growing up, I had a lot of trouble with my hair. While all the girls in my class grew their hair to be like Rapunzel, my hair was in braids that wouldn't grow passed my shoulders. The reason for this was because my hair type is 4b, which means my hair is bouncy, tiny coils that shrink when its dry. To fit in, I straightened my hair until it was completely damaged. It was only when I shaved the sides of my head in high school that I appreciated the beauty of my hair. I went on a hair journey that made me understand how to take care of my hair and appreciate growth. This project is to showcase the different types of hair and hairstyles that makes a person who they are. In addition, this project shows the beauty in having different hair styles like braids and hair types like straight hair. Overall, this project is to show that your hair does not determine your beauty, your intelligence or your worth.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

Business Takeout

Business Takeout

Business Takeout is an Entrepreneurs Facebook Group that focuses on improving the black communities. However, we accept all members (regardless of race) to be apart of this group as long as they understand what the group is about and would like celebrate with us our success. Business Advertisements is done on Tuesdays #TakeoutTuesdays and it has prerequisite that these business that are promoted in the group are black own because it aligns with the purpose of this group. Our goal is to build a community of wealthy black entrepreneurs which will enable our children to have better options while growing up. Better options brings better decisions. We plan to execute our goal through daily discussions where we share experiences. Articles for self grown and global business awareness. Facebook live webinars, articles which promotes successful black business. Weekly display local business on Tuesdays #TakeoutTuesdays. Networking sparked discussions.

Areas of focus: Civic Engagement

BrAIDing with A Social Twist and a Young Men's Detention Project

BrAIDS for AIDS

Braiding with a Social Twist is an innovative program to teach youth and young adults between the ages of 18-29 about sexual health and braiding techniques. Using a peer-based model where African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) facilitators who have a background in HIV research/service provision/outreach facilitate workshops with ACB youth participants on braiding techniques, hair care, healthy relationships, sexual health and HIV/AIDS. Participants will have the opportunity at the end of the program to provide one-on-one hair braiding sessions to engage clients in conversations around sexual health; hair care and wellbeing. Youth will also plan a number of community events to highlight their acquired hair dressing skills as well as to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the ACB community. Young Men's Prison Project Roy McMurtry Project is a project to engage young men in detention in conversations around HIV/AIDS and sexual health while they get braided. This is a completely volunteer based program. This program has been very beneficial in informing us about youth trends and how to work best with young men. Look out for program evaluations! This program is funded in part by Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Areas of focus: Health

Brampton

Youth Development League

Aspire for Higher Elite Basketball

Delivering a project that builds on the success of a proven model or program with a $396,700 grant over 48 months to offer a year-round Youth Development Program focused on mentorship, basketball, and educational programming for Black youth in Peel. Youth participants will have access to caring staff and feel a sense of belonging in the community where they can access support, friendship and share experiences with peers. Youth staff will strengthen their leadership skills and capacity to be role models and allies to young people.

Areas of focus: Education

Montréal

Black Speculative Arts Movement Canada Conventions

Black Speculative Arts Movement - Canada

Recognizing the gap and disparities of Black artists and art representation of Black people in art in relations to the art world and education, the Black Speculative Arts Movement Canada (#BSAMCanada) seeks to put in action plan to improve the position of Black creators and the limitations of representation of Black subjects and related content - the aim is to push the possibilities of the imagination and opportunities. Conducting conventions across the country BSAM Canada has done events in Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Emerging out of the Unveiling Visions exhibition co-curated by John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson at the Schomburg Center for the Study of Black Culture in New York City in 2015. The BSAM convention was co-founded by associate professor and chair of the Humanities Department at Harris-Stowe State University, Dr. Reynaldo Anderson. BSAM Canada is the northern branch of the movement, launched by Quentin VerCetty and Kareen "Reeni OddOne" Weir, who coordinated and directed the first international BSAM event at OCAD University (BSAM Toronto) in 2016. BSAM Canada’s additional focus is to create a collaborative and supportive platform that can empower, elevate, and evolve Black creatives and organizations who work within the respective field of the speculative arts. Along side convention BSAMCanada engages communities through workshops, presentations, art exhibitions andthrough various media outlets. BSAM is an umbrella term represented for different positions or basis of inquiry: Afrofuturism, Astro Blackness, Afro-Surrealism, Ethno Gothic, Black Digital Humanities, Black (Afro-future female or African centered) Science Fiction, The Black Fantastic, Magical Realism, and The Esoteric. Although these positions may be incompatible, in some instances they overlap around the term speculative and design; and interact around the nexus of technology and ethics.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

Racial Profiling

CRARR

The Center for Research-Action on Race Relations is a Montreal-based independent, non-profit civil rights organization that was founded in 1983 with the mandate to promote racial equality and combat racism in Canada. It is considered as one of the leading non-profit race relations organizations in Canada. As an issue-based organizations, CRARR works with all sectors of society that share its values of equality and diversity, especially equality-seeking groups.

Areas of focus: Justice

Geberation Z: Readying Canada's Next Political Leaders

Nouveau Paradigme

Generation Z: Readying Canada’s Next Political Leaders program is a series of campus panels and a summer boot camp on civic and political engagement designed to educate our youth about how politics affects their daily lives, how to organize and the importance of community organizing, and the pathways to politics as a viable career option.

Areas of focus: Civic Engagement

Impressions

Bias Foundation

BIAS is a think tank dedicated to promoting cultural and artistic initiatives from black communities The Foundation encourages the participation of young people and professionals in the development of the arts, through creative content, unique experiences and activities, to promote and propel local and international talent in Canada.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

Le café des Artistes

Omega AA Inc. Espace Mushagalusa

August 2014 saw the opening of an African art gallery called Espace Mushagalusa. Based in the heart of downtown Montreal and a stone’s throw from cultural hotspots such as the Grande Bibliothèque and the Université de Quebec à Montréal, Espace Mushagalusa has taken on a two-fold mission: namely, to promote African art and turn the spotlight onto artists who want to bring their talents to the public arena. To this end, the gallery has a collection of art works from all over Africa made up of paintings, statues, masks and much more besides. In time, it earned the privilege of being a venue of choice for diverse organizations staging concerts, conferences, exhibitions, book launches, filmed debates, workshops for children, and other events. Success has led to yet more success in the form of a flow of interest that extends beyond cultural communities to students, tourists, art collectors, event promoters, diplomatic missions, and so forth. With an eye to building on Espace Mushagalusa’s story so far, the idea was born of establishing a café where it would develop within the context of an artistic environment offering food and drinks that actively support a fair trade social vision and agenda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dcb_0Ivqp8

Areas of focus: Art & Culture, Education

Black Wealth Media

Black Wealth Media

Black Wealth Media is a Montreal based company, which develops and produces afrocentric content. We then distribute on our web platform to encourage socially innovative networking within the film community and culturally diverse communities throughout Canada.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

Le Salon International de la Femme Noire / The International Black Women's Exposition

Audace au Féminin

Le Salon International de la femme noire (#SIFN) est : • Une découverte de l’univers de la femme noire et métissée à travers son regard; • Une opportunité d’avoir accès à des services ciblés; • Une ressource pour répondre aux besoins des femmes noires et métissées en tenant compte de leur situation culturelle et socio-économique; • Un encouragement à la réussite de leur processus d’intégration. ​ Ce Salon célèbre l’apport de la femme noire et métissée d’hier et d’aujourd’hui qui ont pavé la voie vers "l’empowerment". Tout comme #Viola Desmond, première femme noire de l’histoire du Canada figurant sur le billet de banque canadien de 10$. Pour sa première édition, le SIFN honorera Mme Desmond et a tenu de choisir un thème en lien avec ce symbole de courage, de force, de détermination et de dignité : N’aie pas peur, OSE! International Black Women'S Exposition (#IBWE) is : • A discovery of the world of the black and mixed woman through her eyes; • An opportunity to access targeted services; • A resource to meet the needs of black and mixed women, taking into account their cultural and socio-economic situation; • An encouragement to the success of their integration process. This event celebrates the contributions of the black and mixed women of the past and present who paved the way for for empowerment, as did #ViolaDesmond, the first black canadian woman on the $10 banknote. This exposition, IBWE will honor Ms Desmond and chose a theme related to this symbol of courage, strength, determination and dignity: Don’t be scared, DARE!

Areas of focus: Economic Prosperity

Living History: 100 Years of Black History, Culture and Heritage

BCRC

When we understand our history, we understand our place in the world. Our sense of self is reinforced through the stories we attach to our history. Therefore, it seems safe to say that losing one’s history can be akin to losing sense of one’s place in the world. Since the 1900s, Black immigrants have made significant contributions to Montreal and this history needs to be preserved and told. It is therefore our intention to follow our history, and the expansion of our contribution beyond the geographic confines of Little Burgundy, into the larger Montreal society. Our project,"Living History: 100 Years of Black History, Culture and Heritage” plans to achieve this, through the creation of memoryscapes, which will add an oral history component to the Black History of Montreal. Memoryscapes are sound walks that invite you to experience hidden history of a place by listening to the memories of inhabitants, both historical and contemporary, as you walk through it. With the support of Heritage Canada, the Black Studies Center, Concordia's ICED, the U.N.I.A, the Round Table on Black History Month, Youth In Motion, and other local organizations, the BCRC’s project will give 15 Black Youth the opportunity to create Memoryscapes of sites, organizations, and landmarks of cultural and historical significance to the English-speaking Black community of Montreal. The youth, who will become the projects Research Interns, will use cultural geography, documentation, and audio history approaches to observing, recording, and videotaping this history.

Areas of focus: Civic Engagement

Vancouver

The Ethiopian House Project

Ethiopian Community Association of BC

The clear objective for ECA is to establish “Ethiopian House”. Ethiopian House will be a gathering place for everyone in the Community. Ethiopian House will be a comfortable, fun, educational, safe, attractive, accessible facility designed for all ages. It would provide a variety of programs throughout the week. These activities will be designed to create a feeling of belonging; giving pride to Ethiopians living in Metro Vancouver as active participants of the cultural mosaic of Canada. ECA would use the facility to provide regular recreational and cultural activities to the youth, from grade school, middle school, and high school ages. In addition, we will have adult recreational and cultural programs. We will also provide health education and other related services to children and adults

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

BBC Exposure and after school workshops across Canada

Black Boys Code

Black Boys Code (BBC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to closing the diversity gap in the technology sector by introducing young boys of colour ages 8-17 to computer science and increasing their participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. We offer exposure workshops, hackathons and educational programs to foster their development in a collaborative environment. We create opportunities for young Black boys ages 8-17 to strengthen their understanding of STEM disciplines—more specifically computer science—through mentorship, industry exposure and intensive training to introduce them to the possibilities of becoming innovators and creators in the technological age. We aim to impact their growth and development through a cohesive learning experience and a blended learning approach. Lack of diversity in the technology sector is a persistent issue. Many young boys and men of colour are choosing alternate careers because they do not believe that a STEM career is an option for them. They do not see themselves as technological creators and innovators. We aim to close the diversity gap in the technology sector by equipping young Black men with the computer science skills needed to enter STEM fields to demonstrate that a career in technology is possibility for everyone. We are working to change the mindset of young Black men by creating an inclusive program with ongoing support to help close the diversity gap in the technology industry. Through encouragement, education and empowerment, Black Boys Code inspires young men of colour to explore the field of computer science to pursue fulfilling career opportunities that will propel them forward. At Black Boys Code teach more than just coding skills, we teach critical problem solving and planning skills in an environment that fosters communication and collaboration.

Areas of focus: Education

Edmonton

Soul Search Canada

Soul Search Canada Inc.

Soul Search Canada is dedicated to empowering individuals to gain knowledge and an appreciation of their abilities, character and feelings. In providing support to our artistic communities, Soul Searchers are able to reveal alternate presentations of themselves through creative events. We are constantly creating and innovating, connecting and supporting our creative communities to reconnect with ourselves and one another. Stepping outside our comfort zones and experiencing unique environments is necessary to one's personal growth. Nothing is more enlightening than encountering and embracing change. Our creative showcases allow individuals to indulge in life changing moments while serving as a platform for local creatives to receive the necessary exposure and support. Workshops are brought to you by subject matter experts in designated fields to equip those with the necessary tools to pursue their newfound journey of self-discovery. Soul Search retreats allow us to spend more time unplugged and find ways to let nature balance our lives. Soul Searching allows us to discover the truth- to find our own way in life. A life of happiness, love, and positivity that we all deserve.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture, Health, Economic Prosperity

YEGTheComeUp

Council for the Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta - Africa Centre

YEG The Come Up is the youth branch of the Africa Centre, dedicated to the empowerment of African and Caribbean youth in Edmonton. The collective is youth-led, and tackles topics concerning education, career development, racism, systematic social barriers, societal decolonization and more, through youth-focused workshops, community events and other activities. YEG The Come Up also serves as a vibrant resource that connects these youth to useful opportunities within the City and is a hub for potential networking opportunities and events. The events put on by YEG The Come Up have always been diverse in nature and well-received by our youth. This past year was a busy one for the collective, and saw many exciting and new occasions. The Melanin Narratives series, hosted annually, has seen remarkable success in bringing together our youth communities in a positive, fun space and exposing them to influences of culture, knowledge and art. The most recent Melanin Narratives event involved a private Black Panther screening which saw hundred of attendees, accompanied by a youth mixer that featured panel discussions, musical performances and an art showcase. YEG The Come Up also hosted its second conference entitled Know Your Name: Knowledge is Protest, which saw inspiring workshops and keynote addresses, great community and wonderful food! 2019 will be another year of exciting initiatives hosted by the collective, and will see the launch of the online Little Black Book Platform and more interactive community-based events.

Areas of focus: Education, Justice

Africa Centre Mentorship and Leadership Program

Council for the Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta - Africa Centre

The Mentorship and Leadership Initiative under the Africa Centre is a valuable resource in Edmonton’s African/Caribbean Youth Communities. The Program’s mandate is to establish meaningful relationships within our black youth communities that can last a lifetime. The process involves creating mentor/mentee partnerships of all ages between interested youth. Mentors are typically young adults, and provide information concerning their background, academic history, interests and career goals. Mentees are typically within the age range of 12-17, and normally fill out an application in which similar information, such as their interests and career goals are shared. The two are paired according to compatible attributes within the applications and then attend a training/bonding session to get acquainted. Following that, a schedule is decided upon between the two in which regular meetings usually occur weekly. Mentors usually provide experienced guidance on a variety of topics; ranging from academic assistance to finding the right career opportunities to finding the useful resources needed for addressing life’s challenges. The Mentorship and Leadership Program provides a space for these necessary conversations -that are often neglected- , to occur within our youth communities, further strengthening them and establishing meaningful friendships along the way. The Mentorship and Leadership Program has grown significantly since its inception in 2016, and is set to begin its next phase this coming February 2019.

Areas of focus: Education, Art & Culture, Health

Africa Centre

Council for the Advancement of African Canadians in Alberta - Africa Centre

The Africa Centre strives to be the hub of the African community in Edmonton by delivering culturally appropriate programs and services that align to our goals of Advancement and Empowerment, Identity, Integrations and Engagement, and Unification. In keeping with these goals, the programs that Africa Centre are far-reaching and serves African and Caribbean community members of all ages and backgrounds. Some notable programs include the Early Learning Program, YEG The Come Up, Boost: Pathways to Success, Mentorship and Leadership Program, Seniors Programs, the ASE Program, and many others. Each program serves to address a unique aspect/issues of Edmonton’s African and Caribbean communities. The ASE Program is a new initiative focused on building youth potential within Edmonton’s schools, the family unit and in the community. YEG TheComeUp dedicated to empowering and emboldening young adults to take action for the betterment of their communities. Boost: Pathways to Success is a program supporting youth who face significant barriers to attaining employment through providing classroom training and paid work experience. Our Seniors Program provides resources and services to the Elders in our community in partnership with the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE), which include but are not limited to providing literacy programs and assistance with health, housing and transportation. Our Early Learning and Preschool initiative provides thoughtful educational programming for our little ones, and offers a number of camps during the summer months. Still, the aforementioned programs are only some of the initiatives that Africa Center offers. The Africa Centre is steadily growing and working towards securing the advancement of Edmonton’s African and Caribbean communities. This year, we look forward to supporting our existing programmings, yet creating new and exciting initiatives for our communities.

Areas of focus: Education, Art & Culture, Justice, Health, Economic Prosperity, Employment Equity, Civic Engagement

Black Arts Matter

Chinook Series

A multidisciplinary arts festival demystifying and celebrating Black creativity and life in Edmonton, Black Arts Matter is a reminder of what growth is possible when we choose truth, community, and art.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

La Connexional

La Connexion Afro Latina

La Connexional is a cultural start-up that aims to act as a community HUB for people of Afrian, Caribbean and Latinx descent in Edmonton & Beyond. We are aiming to accomplish our goal through different means: Using Arts for Action. Using Arts not only as a vehicle for social changes but as a mean to strengthen the bonds & networks withing and with the Afro, Caribbean and Latinx communities through showcasing and giving a safe-space platform for artists and our communities to come together, connect and celebrate each other. Leveraging our presence and the trust we've build within our communities to get involved in the Alberta's political scene and organize political forums to make sure our communities our well informed about what exactly it is that they are voting for. Creating a referral system, a database, a mobile application and/or a website that is solely dedicated to showcasing Afro, Caribbean and Latinx businesses in Edmonton & Area in order to create this massive network where our communities can not only be knowledgeable about the existence of these businesses but can support their own and start pouring their money back into their own community; all in the name of challenging big companies in Edmonton that have been appropriating our cultures at the expenses of these small businesses

Areas of focus: Art & Culture, Civic Engagement, Economic Prosperity

Civic Engagement and Youth Empowerment

ACCEC- African Canadian Civic Engagement Council

What is the African Canadian Civic Engagement Council (ACCEC)? The African Canadian Civic Engagement Council promotes civic engagement, citizenship and provides access of opportunities for African Canadians and individuals of all origins. ACCEC’s mandate is to lead a positive transformational change for African Canadians by empowering communities in a direction that prioritizes and utilizes research, social innovation and civic engagement to promote a culture of shared ownership and sense of shared responsibilities in effective decision making that impacts the lives of African Canadians as well as promoting and protecting the human rights of all individuals. ACCEC seeks to empower and address the needs of African Canadian communities most affected by the perpetuation of poverty, civic apathy and structural inequity. ACCEC’s objective is to invest in young leadership and to commit to civic, social and economic excellence in our respective community and greater society. ACCEC’s ACHIEVEMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS • ACCEC successfully passed a motion to create an Anti-Racism Advisory Committee within the City of Edmonton to give members vulnerable communities an autonomy to express their needs and take active role in solution focused direction • Members of ACCEC worked with over 200 youth within the criminal justice system and successfully established mentorship and leadership programs. • ACCEC provided program enhancement and evaluation tools for existing family and youth programs for community capacity building. • ACCEC has successfully implemented capacity building by way of facilitating and giving workshops to communities’ on how to develop working groups and secured grants for young entrepreneurs and woman within our community.

Areas of focus: Civic Engagement, Art & Culture, Health, Justice, Economic Prosperity

Edmonton Natural Hair Show

Edmonton Natural Hair Show

The Edmonton Natural Hair Show (ENHS) inspires people of all ages to embrace their natural hair as part of what makes them uniquely beautiful. ENHS builds and strengthens the natural hair community in Edmonton and surrounding areas through events and activities. The show provides tools and resources for you to care for your hair from businesses and individuals in the industry, such as natural hair specialists, salons, independent hairstylists, and natural hair bloggers/enthusiasts/DIY-ers/social media influencers. Everyone is welcome! The event provides an enjoyable atmosphere where you can: - Connect and share ideas, tips, and advice with like-minded people. - Get hands-on knowledge through DIY workshops, hair demonstrations, and information sessions. - Engage in meaningful panel discussions about natural hair. - Get a swag bag with natural hair and beauty products. - Buy natural hair products, fashion, accessories, and other goodies. - Enjoy live entertainment by local talents (singers, spoken word artists, dancers, and fashion show models). - Be a part of a community that encourages positive body image (from “hair” to toe).

Areas of focus: Art & Culture, Education, Economic Prosperity

African Caribbean Black Caucus

Ribbon Rouge Foundation

From March 2017, the Ribbon Rouge Foundation embarked on a community engagement and mobilization activity called the Listening Campaign. The objective of the Ribbon Rouge Foundation Listening Campaign is to listen to African, Caribbean and Black communities in order to build trust and relationships that will in turn lead to contextual understanding of our communities’ strengths, assets, various social determinants of health needs as well as structural determinants of health inequities. An outcome of these community engagement activities include a recently formed leadership caucus of 36 leaders of African, Caribbean and Black communities. The project has evolved into an ongoing innovative approach to coalition formation. The current goal is to bring 169 African, Caribbean, Black associations across the province together within a progressive asset based community development approach. This Caucus has in turn prioritized its various interventions on: Black refugee claimants, Incarcerated black women and Black people living with HIV.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

Etobicoke

Mentoring for Major Impact

Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow,Today Foundation - formerly Kingdom Gladiators Youth

Mentoring for Major Impact is geared towards members of the Black community between the ages of 8-35. This project's goal is build leadership skills in preparation for participation in professional career areas such as Academia, Law, STEM and Politics. The program currently has three streams inclusive of the Foundation stream, targeting girls aged 8-14. This group gets the opportunity to work with a public policy champion for girls empowerment. The second stream is the Middle years program, focused on teens between the ages of 15-19. This program area is geared towards broad leadership skills development, as well as creating opportunities for preparation and participation in Model United Nations forums. The goal of this program offering is to provide participants with exposure to the various skills needed to present their perspectives clearly, but also to develop their negotiation skills. Participants also get the opportunity to be mentored by experts in their field of interest along the way. The third stream is the graduate edition, where participants get the opportunity to learn about local and international policy development, while at the end of the program, the opportunity to attend a global policy forum event is available. All three streams of Mentoring for Major Impact is geared towards youth empowerment, sustainable employment and economic advantage for Black young people.

Areas of focus: Education, Civic Engagement, Employment Equity

Markham

Design Your Future: Black Youth Legacy Project

Markham African Caribbean Canadian Association

On Thursday April 18th 2019. MACCA in partnership with Flight Unit and YouthRex will host the Design your Future- Black Legacy Project. We will invite young black men from schools all across the GTA to participate in a design thinking project contest which will encourage youth to develop innovative ideas and strategies to address real life challenges facing black youth and families. https://spark.adobe.com/video/NCtvZDUQg1xJv

Areas of focus: Civic Engagement

Halifax

Black Business Initiative

Black Business Initiative

The Black Business Initiative (BBI) articulates its purpose as changing lives by enabling economic independence. This is achieved through the empowerment of individuals and building up of communities, creating wealth and improving economic well-being. To this end, the BBI has, over the last 22 years, worked tirelessly with and supported many Black entrepreneurs and youth in Nova Scotia to realize their business and professional potential through training, business counselling, mentorship, advocacy, financing and a myriad of other support activities. The BBI Hub is a new initiative of the BBI that integrates some of the organization’s current and new activities into a broader and more robust service platform for Black and visible minorities youth, entrepreneurs and communities. The Hub aims to broaden access to opportunities and resources by individuals and businesses; connect people and businesses to jobs and talent; prepare youth for the future economy and jobs; and develop young leaders through a leadership training academy model as well as provide advocacy for an inclusive and diverse economy. This will be achieved through several individual initiatives, including the Diverse Employment Network, the Youth Business Succession Program, the TD Spark Mentorship Program, Business Professional Development Training, the Business Is Jammin’ (BIJ) Youth Leadership Academy and Minority Development and Impact Investment Fund.

Areas of focus: Economic Prosperity

Business is Jammin'

Business is Jammin'

Business is Jammin’ (BIJ) is a province-wide charitable initiative that focuses on motivating Black youth and stresses the importance of education and personal development in all of its programs. BIJ’s goals are to deliver a comprehensive enterprise and entrepreneurship learning strategy and instil business skills that will offer long-term benefits to young people. BIJ shapes youth into vibrant members of the business community. We work with young people through a range of educational, social, mentorship, and financial support programs to build business acumen and leadership skills. In the last decade, we’ve helped inspire thousands of program participants to stay in school, start up their own ventures, and bring an exceptional level of professionalism to any workplace. We develop an extensive range of programs and work with youth to help address the needs of three segmented age groups: 8-15, 16-20 and 21-35. BIJ has a proven value within both the Black community and the Atlantic Canada economy. In the last two years alone, our program participation levels have grown by more than 60%, a number that will only increase as we respond to rising demands from the community for more Business is Jammin’ activities. We envision a future where program participants will highlight their involvement with Business Is Jammin’ on resumes, business loan applications, and speaking engagements. We aim to be the premier partner in mentoring and guiding Black youth to be in-demand members of the business world.

Areas of focus: Education, Civic Engagement, Employment Equity

KUUMBA and YoUbuntu

Canada

KUUMBA is an intergenerational cultural creativity project that brought together children and elders in a facilitated process of shared learning through 2 artistic representations: storytelling and water colour art. The elders told stories about their experiences in school and the children captured and conveyed what resonated with them in pictures. The final projects, captured in posters where presented at follow up community engagement sessions. YoUbuntu was our youth leadership development program. In community we know we learn from those who went before us and have responsibility for those who come behind us. YoUbuntu was a creative form of passing learning from senior high African Nova Scotian youth to Junior high youth. The youth in senior high had an opportunity to come together and grow their leadership talents and strengths. During those workshop sessions they also considered ways to share their learning and experiences with the younger youth. The youth came together from various regions throughout the Province.

Areas of focus: Education

New Lowell

AdinkraFarm Sustainable Community Project

AdinkraFarm

ADINKRA FARM is a place to RECLAIM, BUILD and GROW a sustainable community. Community is defined by actions and activities that create opportunities for people to come together in unity to achieve their goals. The inspiration provided by the Adinkra symbol: Boa Me Na Me Mmoa Wo – Cooperation and Interdependence is central to the formation of community. The Kwanzaa principle of Ujima provides a similar call to work together to achieve a good that is greater than the individual. We will Reclaim, Build and Grow together as a community, developing a sustainable resource for the benefit of our community. RECLAIM - Community members are invited to participate in renovation and refurbishing projects to “reclaim” the existing property. Based on the concept of SANKOFA through the retreat, Kwanzaa, day camps, weddings and events, community can also RECLAIM aspects of their African heritage and participate in self-recovery activities. BUILD - We are exploring opportunities to develop the property further by adding new indoor and outdoor spaces and features to the property. GROW - Sustainability includes secure food and power sources. We cultivate the land to grow organic produce such as sunflower seeds, beans, carrots, kale, garlic and melons. We will be exploring other crops and opportunities to share information about farming in support and promotion of community food security.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture, Economic Prosperity, Education

Mississauga

Helping this Generation of Leaders

Helping Hands

Helping Hands is first and foremost about community. We are a community that believes in the power of volunteering to enrich our lives and the world around us. We are a service that brings youth and good causes together. We believe that our success can be seen in the relationships formed between nonprofits and volunteers. Our aim is to build a service that will overcome the barriers that keep volunteers and nonprofits from finding each other, working together, and developing strong relationships.We believe in the power of students. The belief that they have the power to give back and deserve opportunities to build their skills.

Areas of focus: Education, Civic Engagement

Rallying on the Rails

Diaspora Collective

A videogame about a black porter for a Canadian railway company during the tail-end of the First World War and into the interwar years (1917-1927). The player takes on the role of a black porter for a Canadian railway company during the tail-end of the First World War and into the interwar years (1917-1927). Travel from city to city of interwar North America and use what you learn on your journey to improve your work performance and fatten your wallet! At the same time, use your position as a porter to spread information, wealth, and the will to unionize to black communities all across North America. Note: Can follow up via email with a game design document (file too large)

Areas of focus: Art & Culture, Education, Media & Journalism

Winnipeg

Black History Month Events Winnipeg

Black History Month Celebration Committee

The history of Blacks is often inadequately reflected in the general history of Canada; therefore, there is a need for specific attention to paid on said history. February (Black History Month) is the month in which we bear witness to the progress, richness, and diversity of the achievements and contributions of Blacks in Canada and around the world. It is also a time to reflect on the issues and difficulties that were faced, and continue to be faced within the Black community. During the 1920s an African American named Carter G. Woodson created and promoted Negro History Week in the USA. In 1976, the month-long celebration was implementedIn1995, the Government of Canada officially declared February Black History Month throughout the country. Here in Winnipeg, the Annual Black History Month Celebration was launched by the local Chapter of the National Black Coalition of Canada in 1982. The honor and responsibility of organizing these events have passed through different organizations throughout the years. The Black History Month Celebration Committee Inc. is proud to be celebrating the 37 years of Black History events in Winnipeg. With the tradition firmly entrenched, we continue to celebrate our past and look forward to our future. Our programming will focus on our youth and what we can do as a Community to encourage continuing education and spread the knowledge of Black History to all. The events are open to the public and we hope to see a varied body of participants, of all communities, in the hope that the linkages between all our histories become evident.

Areas of focus: Education, Art & Culture, Civic Engagement

Mobility Movement

PFFD- Prosthetics For Foreign Donation Inc

Pffd donates gently used prosthetics & Mobility to people in redeveloping countries in critical need. The gift of Mobility comes wrapped with independence and a renewed sense of Dignity. That is the gift we give.

Areas of focus: Health

Naturally Gorgeous Curls Event; Natural Hair Consulting; Retail Black and Curly hair products.

Thiah Management and Consulting

I started Thiah Managment and Consulting in 2017 to host the first Naturally Gorgeous Curls Event in Winnipeg to educated and support the Black community in managing their natural hair. I have a three-pronged approach to helping the community with embracing their natural hair through: education; support; and providing a product selection that works. I also became a Certified Natural Hair Consultant and sell quality natural and/or organic and effective hair products sold by other female, Black, Canadian entrepreneurs.

Areas of focus: Education, Health

Victoria

AfriCa Fest

Productions Pulchérie Mboussi

AfriCa Fest is an annual a community event that celebrates Africa’s diverse cultures & beauties through live music performance, drum & dance, arts & craft, food , and workshops. The very first AfriCa Fest was held in downtown Victoria and featured both local and regional artists with roots in Guinea, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Belize, Cuba and Canada. AfriCa Fest is organized by Pulchérie Mboussi on behalf of the African Cultural Society a grassroots non-profit organization in Victoria since 2012. The event is designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds and particularly to anyone with an interest in world music and culture. Pulchérie Mboussi is committed to enhancing the appreciation of African cultures through music and dance in Victoria, Vancouver, BC and Canada at large. She is also committed to supporting and promoting other non-profit cultural activities and events in the province. Créée par Pulcherie M, AfriCa Fest (la FOIRE AFRICAINE) est le plus grand festival de BC consacré à l'Afrique. AfriCa Fest, le plus grand Espace de BC consacré à l'Afrique a pour cible : les Africains vivant a Victoria, au Canada, aux amoureux de l'Afrique, les amis et partenaires de l'Afrique. Notre organisme Favorise l'intégration de personnes issues de la diversité culturelle africaine, sensibilise la population locale à l'apport positif de l'immigration.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture, Employment Equity, Media & Journalism, Education

ISSAMBA - The Ultimate Journey Through the Depths of African Rhythms

Productions Pulchérie Mboussi

ISSAMBA is an interactive musical spectacle that showcases African Roots, Rhythms & Music, featuring world-renowned African-born artists. Issamba means "come together" in Cameroon ISSAMBA promotes and brings together music from across African cultures to present a unified African groove. Immerse yourself in a mix of African instruments, traditional rhythms, and dancing styles. These artists will travel from abroad, gracing BC with their special talents and sharing aspects of their culture with Victoria. ISSAMBA, a 90 minute show that gives you a glimpse into the rich and diverse musical culture of Africa, an invaluable experience you won't want to miss!

Areas of focus: Art & Culture, Education, Media & Journalism, Employment Equity

Nanaimo

Black History Month

Nanamio African Heritage Society

Black history month celebration encourage and invite community participation fostering multi-cultural understanding and building connections with people. It provides a cultural and recreational milieu for positive cultural interactions since its inception. Black History Month use local entertainers, performers and artisans to showcase many of the talented individuals in Nanaimo. We consider Black History Month to be a major cultural event in the Nanaimo area and we anticipate great participation as we celebrate twenty years of successfully sharing the strengths and beauty of our community.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture

Dollard-Des-Ormeaux

Afrosphere.ca

Afrosphere

All peoples have a gift to contribute towards the highest and most admirable development of human nature. The fullness of the human family is established through harmonious friendships and the appreciative feeling of neighbourhood amongst all the connected parts of the sphere.

Areas of focus: Art & Culture, Education