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News release

Government of Canada supports the creation of a national institute for Black Canadians

August 27, 2019                  Toronto, Ontario             Employment and Social Development Canada

Canada’s strength is in its diversity. The Government is committed to advancing diversity and taking positive measures to ensure all Canadians have a fair and equal chance at success. The Government of Canada is supporting initiatives that recognize the contributions of Black Canadians and acknowledge the significant and unique challenges in their communities.

In recognition of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, Budget 2019 provided $25 million over five years starting in 2019-20, for projects and capital assistance to celebrate, share knowledge and build capacity in Canada’s vibrant Black Canadian communities.

The Government’s support will help stakeholders to create the first national institute for Black Canadians. The Canadian Institute for People of African Descent will work to advance initiatives that impact Black Canadians at a systemic level.

This supports the Government of Canada’s overarching goals to enhance the quality of life and promote the full participation of individuals in all aspects of Canadian society.

Quotes

“In Canada, our diversity is our strength. Our social, political, economic and cultural progress is not made in spite of our differences, but thanks to our differences. I am very proud to see our government support the establishment of a Canadian Institute for People of African Descent.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“Our government is committed to fostering and promoting a Canada where every person is able to fully and equally participate in our country’s economic, cultural, social and political life. The initiatives announced today are a step in the right direction towards ensuring that we celebrate, share knowledge and build capacity in the Black Canadian communities across the country.”
– Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

“We are excited about the meaning of this announcement to present and future generations of African-Canadians as it amplifies and honours our legacy, perspective and contributions towards building and strengthening this nation. The Canadian Institute for People of African Descent and the intermediary model will enable capacity building in Black communities and further underscores the value of applying a Black lens in addressing the long-term systemic issues that we have faced in this country for generations.”
– Floydeen Charles-Fridal, Executive Director, Caribbean African Canadian Social Services (CAFCAN)

Quick facts

  • In January 2018, the Prime Minister announced that Canada officially recognized the UN International Decade for People of African Descent spanning from 2015 to 2024.

  • On July 23, 2019, an engagement session was held with almost 40 stakeholder organizations representing a diverse range of Black communities and interests from across Canada. Participants signaled support for the creation of a national institute dedicated to looking at issues that affect Black communities.

  • The establishment of a Canadian Institute for People of African Descent would support Canada’s commitment to the UN International Decade for People of African Descent by advancing initiatives to address issues that affect Black communities.

  • New investments delivered through an intermediary model would help community organizations to identify and address gaps, allowing Black Canadian communities to use their expertise to tailor initiatives to their specific circumstances.

  • In addition to the Institute, stakeholder groups agreed to an approach where they will work together to fund projects that build the capacity of not-for-profit organizations serving Black communities across Canada.

  • Under the intermediary model, the Social Development Partnership Program would fund selected high capacity organizations who would hold an open and transparent funding process to which grassroots organizations across Canada could apply for funding for capacity building projects in their communities.

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Contacts

For media enquiries, please contact:

Valérie Glazer
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
819-654-5546

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
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