CAFCAN, lead, and Delmore ``Buddy`` Daye Learning Institute as a partner in the promotion of the concept of the Canadian Institute for People of African Descent (CIPAD), met with the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to work through the steps of conducting a feasibility study for the institute. This is the first step of making CIPAD real. This study will include consultations across the country and will fine-tune the focus of the institute's work, governance, partners and locations across the country. A report will be completed by Spring of 2020, after which the work to launch CIPAD will begin.
The UN Decade for People of African Descent (UNDPAD) Push Coalition, and thirty other Black organizations, met with the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) on July 23, 2019 with the goal of building capacity and supporting Black Canadian Communities. The main objective was to ensure our communities would be able to access funding commitments made in the 2019 Federal Budget in a timely manner as well as to further broad social goals to improve outcomes for all Black Canadians.
UNDPAD Push Coalition was formed to drive Budget 2019 commitments to improve the condition of Black people living and working in Canada.
1. Establish a National Black Secretariat - Infrastructure and sustainability,
web presence, HUB to connect the community across Canada
2. UN Decade of People of African Descent Champions at all organizations – nonprofits, churches universities, government – promoting the goals and ensuring this lens on issues 3. Acknowledgement of African Canadians as a distinct people and an apology
from the PM for slavery, discriminatory policies and practices
4. Disaggregated data on race – to provide stats that help with policy
development and highlight the extent of issues facing African Canadians
5. Land & Place – affirmation of physical and social place for African Canadians
In partnership with the Dr. Vibe Show, the UNDPAD National Online Conversations conversations were held on: June 15, July 14, August 18, September 29, 2019. The discussions ranged from updates on UNDPAD progress on the $25 Million in Capacity Assist initiatives for Black Canadians to discussions on Black identity and anti-black racism in Canada. The discussion series is being held once a month and is open to all members of the African diaspora in Canada.
$25 million over five years, starting in 2019-20, for projects and capital assistance to celebrate, share knowledge and build capacity in Black Canadian communities – given that the UN has declared this the International Decade for People of African Descent.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the Government of Canada will officially recognizes the International Decade for People of African Descent. This Decade, which spans from 2015 to 2024, is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the important contributions people of African descent have made to Canadian society. It also provides a framework for recognition, justice, and development to fight racism, discrimination, and the ongoing inequalities that Canadians of African descent face.
The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237) citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.
As proclaimed by the General Assembly, the theme for the International Decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.”