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.
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.
- 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 mosaic
- Integrity in the way we treat others within our African Diaspora family mosaic
- Responsibility in the way we equitably serve all Canadians within our family mosaic
- Inclusiveness 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.
FBC has six priority areas.
Developing a national action plan to improve the health and well being of Black Canadians.
Criminal Justice Reforme
Addressing the impact of anti-Black racism in the criminal justice system.
Strengthening collaboration by building local hubs, regional coalitions, and national advocacy platforms.
Increasing economic security needed to improve standards of living now and in the foreseeable future.
Promoting excellence and eliminating systemic barriers to success in schools and classrooms.
Eliminate anti-Black racism to build a stronger foundation for our youth, families and communities.
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….
- Began meeting as a steering committee in May
- Partnered in with the National Black Canadian Summit
- Over 800 attendees
- Over 20 workshops (Health, Economics, Education, Justice Reform)
- Launched first website
- Received over 600 emails
- Officially incorporated as a Non-Profit
- Partnered with Canadian Heritage and the Anti-Secretariat Office on a Black Canadian Youth Approach National Mini Series
- Partnered with Black led organizations to participate in Advocacy Day in Ottawa. This time, meeting with over 20 MPs to discuss various issues concerning the Black Community
- Acquired our first Member, Donor, and volunteer management system
- Acquired over 2000 active supporters across Canada
- Successfully qualified for both the Anti-racism Grant Project and the Race Based Data Collection Project focused on COVID-19, health implications and barriers to recovery
- Successfully entered a formal partnership with UofT around organizational and strategic development, as well as research and development in the area of Black Entrepreneurship
- Engaged 3 classes at UofT in the work of FBC and to support their attainment of course credits
- Completed and released our paper on Police Relations
- Launched our Alberta and Quebec Hub, as well as our social committee
- An Internal Operations lead
- An External Operations lead
- A Youth Council Coordinator
- 2 Provincial Hub Coordinators
- An Executive Director
- 2 Policy and Research Coordinators
- Completed the highest level of a 3rd party audit to ensure highest level of financial and organizational standards
- A list of over 200 PIP groups within our Nation Builder
- A list of over 200 potential volunteers within our Nation Builder
- A list of over 5,800 supporters via Nation Builder
- Over 1,000 followers across all social media platforms
- Over 240 donors
- Partnered with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to identify candidates for the National Review Board for Mental Health of funding applications
- Engaged in community meetings across Canada to introduce ourselves
- Advocated to the Federal Government along with other Black organizations to ensure that the government acknowledged the International Decade for People of African Descent
- Again partnered with the National Black Canadian Summit
- Partnered with Black Led organizations across Canada to participate in Advocacy Day in Ottawa
- Successfully qualified for our first capacity building grant, allowing us to hire our first 2 part-time staff members
- Launched our Youth Council and appointed two Youth Reps to the FBC Board
- Partnered with a national coalition (that included over 30 organizations across Canada) to address online hate and implore the Federal Government to provide more supports to vulnerable communities
- Organized a national call to action regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the Black Community, which involved over 100 attendees
- Advocated to the government on the need for the collection of race based data and gained over 40,000 signatures on our Federal Petition
- Passed our first annual financial audit and CRA return
- Launched both our BC and ON Hubs
- Successfully launched our first project in Justice Reform under Police Relations
- Launched a national survey with over 300 respondents and activated a Literature Review on the various forms, theories, strategies and alternatives to policing on both the national and international level