Black-Serving Organizations in Canada

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Canada has been celebrating Black History Month since 1995. While many organizations organize events during the month-long celebration to draw attention to the contributions of Black Canadians in all spheres of life in Canada, there hasn’t been a concerted effort to integrate black history into the academic curriculum at the elementary and high school levels.

A recent email circulated by the Canadian Congress on Diversity asked, “can we truly honour the amazing contributions of Black people in Canada if nothing is taught about Black people for the rest of the year in this country?”

While our history is important, our future is even more so. To dismantle the persistent inequalities, systemic racism and injustices experienced by Canadians of African descent, all Canadians – both current and next-generation need to learn and appreciate the history of Black people in Canada. Admittedly, understanding our past can inform the right action plan for our empowerment. It is crucial to begin moving from celebrating Black history to empowering Black people.

Below, Immigrant Muse shines a light on some organizations already working on empowering Black Canadians across the country. You can contribute to these organizations’ work by donating, partnering, or volunteering.

THE AFRICAN CANADIAN SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (ACSDC)

The African Canadian Social Development Council ACSDC is a non-profit organization that supports agencies serving African communities in providing effective services via planning, research, training, and policy development in Toronto. This council investigates racism and devises means to overcome it, ensures high standard political participation and democratic process, pulls its weight in matters affecting the rights and welfare of the African Canadian community, and monitors the improvement of social, economic, and cultural conditions members. ACSDC’s membership is not open to individuals but to organizations. To learn more about ACSDC, visit http://www.acsdc.net/ or contact acsdc.secretariat@gmail.com.  

 AFRICAN WOMEN ACTING (AWA)

African Women Acting (AWA) is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on empowering, preserving, and promoting women issues and the heritage of the African culture through African arts and female artists. AWA aims to increase public awareness, participation and appreciation of African women’s arts. They partner with different artists and art organizations to provide affordable art programs and events to underserved communities across Ontario. AWA’s mission is to showcase, nurture, and support African arts and artists of African heritage while also advocating women’s issues. Their scope includes vocal and instrumental music, theatre, dance, story-telling, visual arts, and poetry. To learn more about AWA’s membership and partnership, visit https://africanwomenacting.org

ALLIANCE OF JAMAICAN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (AJAA)

Alliance of Jamaican Alumni Association (AJAA) is a registered charitable organization based in Ontario, focusing on education. Members of this organization are committed to providing support to their Alma maters in Jamaica. They ensure that children can achieve success through various educational programs and the provision of funds for said programs. AJAA consists of 40 Toronto based alumni associations affiliated with educational institutions in Jamaica. Members contribute funds to support various educational initiatives that have greatly benefitted the youths. Visit https://www.ajaacanada.com or contact info@ajaacanada.com for information on membership, educational programs, and funding methods.

 ASSOCIATION OF BLACK LAW ENFORCERS (ABLE) 

Association of Black Law Enforcers (ABLE) is a non-profit organization concerned with seeing to the needs of Black and racial minorities in law enforcement. ABLE aims to improve the image of law enforcement, promote racial unity and cultural pride within the law enforcement community. Membership includes police officers, probation and parole officers, immigration officers, correctional officers, special constables and members from the community. Membership is opened to all active and retired Black and other racial minority peace officers and auxiliary police officers, although other members of the community with common goals and objectives may also join. To learn more about ABLE, visit https://www.ableorg.ca or ableorg.ca@gmail.com

ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SOCIAL WORKERS (ABSW)

Association of Black Social Workers is a volunteer charitable organization consisting of Black social workers and human service workers. Her mission is to act as a support group for professional development resources for African Canadian workers. ABSW conducts awareness sessions on social issues such as substance abuse, mental health, parenting bi-racial/black children, gambling etc. They also have a forum in which Black social workers and other related fields exchange ideas and brainstorm on developing programs of interest to the black community and general public. To learn more about ABSW, visit https://www.nsabsw.ca.  

 BLACK BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION (BBPA)

Black Business and Professional Association BBPA is a non-profit charitable organization that provides equal opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development. BBPA supports the pursuit of entrepreneurship, professional excellence, higher education, and economic empowerment by facilitating access to resources and links with relevant organizations on business, educational, and economic development. Her mission is to advance Canada’s black communities by planning programs that support Black professional excellence. To know more about BBPA, visit https://bbpa.org or info@bbpa.org

BLACK BUSINESS INITIATIVE (BBI)

Black Business Initiative BBI is committed to growing a better Black presence in the business community. They claim to be the longest-serving Black business development initiative in Canada. BBI provides financial assistance to Black businesses, connects clients with funding resources, offers business courses and training, runs mentorship programs and seminars, business counselling and many more. One of their missions is to achieve the economic independence of individuals and an improved standard of living. Every Black person interested in starting a business is essential to this initiative. To learn about BBI’s membership and partnership, visit https://www.bbi.ca.

BLACK CANADIAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION (BCSA) 

Black Canadian Studies Association BCSA is a non-profit group whose vision is to encourage and support research, publication, teaching and understanding of various Black communities across Canada and the diaspora. BCSA provides a forum and facility to study, research and exchange ideas that promote the interest of Black Canada. They provide support and facilitate meetings and networking between scholars, local historians and cultural workers of Black Studies and actively motivate the incoming generation of scholars, researchers and local historians. To know more about the activities of BCSA, visit https://bcsa.wordpress.com

 BLACK FEMALE ACCOUNTANTS NETWORK (BFAN)

Black Female Accountants Network BFAN is a faith-based network focused on ensuring its members empower each other to make a difference within the profession, workplace and community at large. Her vision is to promote a professional sisterhood rooted in Christ. BFAN operates in a less formal setting; they combine online discussions with content sharing, one-on-one meetings, small group discussions, and large networking events. They provide opportunities for members to share knowledge and experiences. They also create forums to showcase and celebrate professional achievements and utilize resources for career advancement. Membership is open to females of Black African/ Black Caribbean heritage of Christian faith who meet specific criteria. To learn more about BFAN’s membership, visit https://bfannetwork.wordpress.com .  

BLACK FEMALE LAWYERS NETWORK (BFLN)

Black Female Lawyers Network BFLN is a registered not-for-profit organization established to provide a forum for students and legal practitioners to convene and learn from each other. BFLN is an important and influential voice in the legal profession. They strategically agitate and advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, promoting black female lawyers’ retention and promotion in both private and public sectors. BFLN also offers opportunities for career development, education, mentoring and networking through various seminars on up-to-date legal topics and social events. To learn more about BFLN’s membership and partnership, visit https://bfln.ca.

BLACK PROFESSIONALS IN TECH NETWORK 

The Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) is bridging the network gap between Black talent and career opportunities across North America. BPTN helps Black professionals to network, connect with one another, share resources and grow their careers. Woth a rapidly growing network of over 20,000 Black professionals, BPTN helps partners attract, hire, retain and promote Black tech and business talents through pipeline building and internal culture development. Learn more at https://www.bptn.com/.  

 BLACK PROFILES – ENTREPRENEURS AND EXECUTIVES

Black Profiles Entrepreneur and Executives is an organization whose focus is on showcasing Black entrepreneurs and executives worldwide. They provide a detailed database of successful Black entrepreneurs, Black CEOs, Black executives and Black business leaders worldwide. It is the wish of the organization that their database will serve as an inspiration to users in their pursuit of business and career success. To access their database, visit https://www.blackentrepreneurprofile.com.

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS (CABJ)  

Canadian Association of Black Journalists CABJ is a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase representation through education and inspiration across Canada. CABJ advocates diversity in Canadian media by grooming new generations of content creators, Black journalists and other diverse professional development opportunities for Black journalists. CABJ believes Black journalists must work together to variegate newsroom, increase the number of Black media professionals in management positions in Canada, and motivate a new generation of young Black journalists. For more information on membership, visit https://www.cabj.news.  

BLACK LEGAL ACTION CENTRE (BLAC) 

Black Legal Action Centre BLAC is a not-for-profit corporation established by the laws of Ontario to provide free legal services to low-income earners and the unemployed Black Ontarians with legal issues directly linked to anti-Black racism. BLAC’s mission is to educate, advocate and litigate to fight against individual and systemic anti-Black Racism in Ontario and to advocate justice for the marginalized. The corporation engages in law reforms and community development programs to improve laws that affect low-income earners; they also represent clients at some tribunals and courts, fill out forms and many more legal aides. All services are free to those who qualify. To learn more about the activities of BLAC visit https://www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca .

BLACK HEALTH ALLIANCE 

Black Health Alliance is a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black communities across Canada. They were the first to address the problems of racial disparities in healthcare faced by Black Canadians and provided workable solutions. The mission of this organization is to reduce the racial disparities in healthcare and promote health and well-being for people from various Black communities in Canada with emphasis on the broad determinants of health, with racism being of utmost priority. They innovate solutions to better Black health and mobilize people and financial resources to create permanent changes in the lives of Black children, families and communities. For more information on Black Health Alliance, visit https://blackhealthalliance.ca.  

BLACK BOYS CODE (BBC) 

Black Boys Code is a non-profit organization with eleven chapters across Canada whose mission is to improve and invest in the future of Black youths through education in computer science and technology. They motivate Black children to take control of their future and optimize their potential to become tomorrow’s digital creators and technological innovators. They teach digital literacy and computer competence to young Black boys and expose them to the Black male industry role models to prove that success can be the norm through many workshops. BBC organizes workshops, summer-tech camps, after school programs and hackathons to inspire boys to reach their full potentials and bridge the diversity gap in the computer sciences and other related fields. BBC also provides the Black boys with crucial training and equipment to help them succeed in a digital world. To learn more about the organization, visit https://blackboyscode.ca.

BLACK AVIATION PROFESSIONALS NETWORK (BAPN) 

Black Aviation Professionals Network (BAPN) is an organization that supports talents within the workspace by optimizing technology and resources to supplement career development and programming for employees and leaders in the Black aviation community across Canada. BAPN cultivates a community of understanding and appreciation of the black experience, challenges, culture and heritage in the aviation industry and fosters impactful connections in the Black aviation community to influence and inspire the youths through forums that provide access to mentoring and networking opportunities. To learn more about BAPN, visit https://thebapn.ca.

BLACK SPACE WINNIPEG 

Black Space Wpg is a grassroots organization established by members of Winnipeg’s Black community whose goal is to foster organic discussions on the everyday experiences of Black people in the province. This organization aims to promote the spread of Afrocentrism and pro-Black conversations whilst challenging anti-Black racism and discrimination across all sectors in Winnipeg. They create a safe space for people of colour to socialize without the fear of racial discrimination by organizing community events, workshops, artist demonstrations and many more. To learn more about membership and partnership with this group, visit https://www.blackspacewpg.ca.

FEDERATION OF BLACK CANADIANS

Federation of Black Canadians is a national non-profit organization driven by many other organizations across Canada with a mission to advance African Canadians’ social, economic, cultural, and political interests. They focus on total health, criminal justice reform, anti-Black racism, and economic security by forming partnerships with people and organizations interested in the progress of Black people across Canada. They also celebrate the diversity of the African history, heritage and contributions to Canada as a strategy for unlocking opportunities to build a promising future for the Blacks. To learn more about the Federation of Black Canadians, visit https://fbcfcn.ca.

BLACK LIVES MATTER 

Black Lives Matter Toronto is the first chapter of the Black Lives Matter Global Network outside the United States. They are a platform for Black communities in Toronto to actively dismantle all forms of anti-Black racism, liberate Blackness, support Black healing, affirm Black existence, and create the freedom to love and self-determine. They form a strategic and robust connection with Black communities, Black-centric networks, solidarity movements, and allies to dismantle all state-sanctioned oppression, violence, and brutality committed against all Black communities. They also create a safe space to build the community through alternative forms of education, programming events and many more. To learn more about Black Lives Matter Toronto, visit https://blacklivesmattertoronto.ca.

THE NIGERIAN CANADIAN ASSOCIATION (NCA) 

The Nigerian Canadian Association NCA is a non-profit organization whose aim is to help all Nigerians living in Canada. They address the integration, education, housing, health, social services, culture and economic development needs of Nigerian Canadians through various programs and services. NCA also promotes and engages in enterprises of charitable nature, acquires properties that could benefit her members, promotes businesses of her members and many more. The overall goal of all of these is to celebrate unity and lift each other in dignity, honesty, integrity, respect and to make communal resources available to all Nigerians legally residing in Canada. To learn more about NCA, visit https://ncagta.com.

LIFELONG LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (LLI)

Lifelong Leadership Institute LLI is an educational organization that provides innovative leadership development across Canada to Canadian youths of Jamaican, African-Caribbean and Black heritage to fulfil their personal and professional goals. LLI’s vision is to inspire and prepare youths to be responsible leaders at all times, locally and globally. Their various programs provide selfless services to those in need and embrace and accommodate diversity in its many manifestations. To learn more about LLI, visit https://llileaders.com.

NATIONAL BLACK MBA ASSOCIATION INC (NBMBAA) PROFESSIONAL PROVINCE SPECIFIC  

National Black MBA Association INC NBMBAA is an organization conceived to help Blacks venturing into the corporate sector for the first time to share experiences and insights to help make the journey easier through nurturing the new professionals. NBMBAA provides coaching, guidance and mentoring for new members to help them navigate and excel in challenging environments. Their mission is to lead in the creation of educational, wealth building, and growth opportunities for those under-represented in their careers as students, professionals and entrepreneurs. The organization leads with honesty, transparency and moral courage. To learn more about NBMBAA, visit https://nbmbaa.org.

NATIONAL BLACK COALITION OF CANADA SOCIETY

National Black Coalition of Canada Society is an organization established to ensure that the community of Edmonton fully participates in economic, political, social, cultural, educational and health matters. The organization’s mission is to strive to create positive impacts on the lives of everyone in the community and encourage youths to realize their full potential. They offer workshops in skill development, networking and community building, art and historical exhibits, book fair, Black History Month Festival, partnerships with schools and agencies to develop and maintain culturally sensitive programs. For more information about membership and partnership, visit https://www.nbccedmonton.ca.

BLACK YOUTH HELPLINE

The Black Youth Helpline is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that responds to the needs of Black youths nationwide specifically. Their mission is primary prevention which aims to prevent disease or injury before it ever occurs. They are involved in the primary prevention of social and psychological breakdown in communities by focusing on education, health and community development. The organization provides early intervention assistance for youths, parents and school staff to prevent school drop-outs or suspensions, help agencies manage vulnerable children, counselling and advice to as many in need of it. To learn more, visit https://www.blackyouth.ca.

THE BLACK MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS FUND 

The Black Mental Health Matters Fund supports Black therapists across Ontario to enable low/no-cost mental healthcare and ensures therapists are paid fairly. Black Mental Health Matters Fund increases access to psychotherapy counselling and provides mental health services from a culturally competent Black therapist who understands and can relate within the Black community. Their mission is to heal communities and create allies. They also host workshops on Black mental health, race-based trauma, mental health stigma and many more. To learn more, visit https://www.Blackmentalhealthmatters.Ca .  

BLACK COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE (BCRC) 

Black Community Resource Centre BCRC is an organization that recognizes that youths have many needs, such as socio-cultural, educational, and economic needs, that must be addressed for youths in Quebec to achieve their maximum potential in society. BCRC is a growing, resource-based organization that strengthens community capacity by providing professional support to organizations and individuals in need. The Centre is committed to helping visible minority youth rekindle their dreams and achieve their full potential. To learn more, visit https://www.bcrcmontreal.com

BLACK OPPORTUNITY FUND (BOF) 

Black Opportunity Fund BOF is a community-led registered charitable organization whose sole purpose is to dismantle anti-Black racism by establishing a sustainable pool of capital to fund Black-led businesses and Black-led not-for-profits organizations to improve social justice and economic well being of Canada’s Black communities. BOF provides funds that act as a catalyst for cultural, socio-economic, institutional and political Change needed to promote Canada’s diverse Black communities. The primary focus of BOF is education, entrepreneurship, healthcare and women. Their ultimate goal is to reduce the power imbalances in the funder-fundee relationship. To learn more about BOF, visit https://www.blackopportunityfund.ca.

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF URBAN FINANCIAL PROFESSIONALS (CAUFP) 

Canada Association of Urban Financial Professionals CAUFP is a member-based resource organization that links corporations and the Black communities through innovative programs that facilitate economic growth and educational opportunities across Canada. Their vision is to build a Canadian economy where Blacks are active, influential, and leaders. CAUFP’s mission is to develop and advance Black professionals by forming partnerships with organizations to strengthen a network of Black talents to foster the Black community’s economic empowerment. Their primary focus in on professional development, networking, youth engagement and financial literacy. To know more about CAUFP, visit https://caufp.ca.

CANADIAN BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization of the cultural Chamber of Commerce. It was created to serve the purpose of Commerce, black-owned businesses, Entrepreneurship and Economic development within the proud Black Communities across Canada. It is a distinctive platform that promotes Black Business excellence through cultural and social dimension, creating effective business support and partnerships for members that contribute economic prosperity for the Black diaspora and Canada. Learn more about Black Chamber at https://www.blackchamber.ca/.

GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT INIATIVE FOR WOMEN 

Global Empowerment Initiative for Women is a Saskatchewan-based non-profit organization focused on empowering Black Canadian women by providing capacity building programs on economic development and empowerment, violence prevention, and improving leadership skills. GEIWI runs Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camps for Black girls aged ten to eighteen. Learn more at https://www.geiwi.org/.

Oyin Ajibola
Oyin Ajibola

Oyin is passionate about closing the information gap for newcomers and also fostering conversations on issues that matter to the immigrant community in Canada.

Email: oyin@immigrantmuse.ca

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