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About Us

About Us

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Who we are

As a Pan-Canadian body, the FBC seeks to discuss the opportunities, contributions, and challenges that exist for people of African descent nationally. Black communities across Canada are diverse, resilient, creative, and multifaceted. For the first time in Canada’s history, there are over 1,000,000 Black Canadians who call Canada home. With that number projected to double by 2036, the Federation of Black Canadians is working hard to partner with individuals and organizations across Canada to advance the interests of Black Canadians. We want to ensure that as our communities grow, we unlock the opportunities that will help build a promising future, building on and celebrating our diverse heritages, histories, cultures, and contributions to Canada.

Mission

The Federation of Black Canadians (FBC) is a national, non-profit organization, driven by Black organizations across the country. The Federation of Black Canadians advances the social, economic, political and cultural interests of Canadians of African descent. The overarching mantra is that we are “Stronger Together – Nothing about Us Without Us” Join us in our fight against racial injustice. Together we can create a better life for Black Canadians.

Core Values

  • Caring in the overall well-being of all within our African Diaspora family mosaic
  • Respect for the diversity of viewpoints within our African Diaspora family mosaicIntegrity in the way we treat others within our African Diaspora family mosaic
  • Responsibility in the way we equitably serve all Canadians within our family mosaicInclusiveness and openness in the way we embrace all within our African Diaspora family mosaic
  • Appreciation that our personal success is largely based on the contributions of those who fought the good fight before. This is just our turn.

Priority Areas

Economic Security

Increasing access to the economic security needed to improve standards of living, now and in the foreseeable future

Higher Education

Promoting academic excellence and eliminating systemic barriers to success in schools and classrooms

Total Health

Developing a national action plan to improve the health and well being of Black Canadians 

Address Anti-Black Racism

Eliminate anti-Black racism to build a stronger foundation for our youth, families, and communities 

Criminal Justice Reform

Addressing the impact of anti-black racism in the criminal justice system

Community Building 

Strengthening collaboration by building local hubs, regional coalitions, and national advocacy platforms 

Our Team

In 2022 we were able to hire our first team of paid staff. Each of our team members brings the experience, knowledge and skills to support FBC in its 6 priority areas.

Meet the Team

Faduma Wais
Volunteer Coordinator 
Debra Olaniyi
Project Coordinator 
Yanaminah Thullah
Public Policy Coordinator 

History

The FBC was created after several conversations and meetings occurred among individuals about the need for an additional voice focusing on the Black Community in Canada that spoke to national issues. 37 concerned Black Canadians, from across Canada participated in various meetings where this idea often came up. Those present decided to work together to establish an organization, which could collaborate with groups across the country to affect change. Following the murder of a young Black woman in the GTA Justice Donald McCleod felt that he wanted to help and thus began to bring a few individuals together to discuss the development of a grassroots project. After a year this initiative set the stage for the genesis of the FBC which exists today. This journey has not been easy, nor has It not come without mistakes, periods of learning, resistance, and uncertainty, but it has also come with an incredible feeling of honor, individual and organizational growth, community support, victories, and the ability to make connections coast to coast.

Success Over Time

It has been a long road with a lot of ups and downs, faces, and challenges. But here is a summary of our successes to date….

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