Frequently Asked Questions

Feel free to review our frequently asked questions list to learn more about FBC FCN.

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How will the regional coalitions be formed?

Regional town hall meetings are being hosted for FBC FCN to present its vision to interested Black community members, solicit advice on FBC FCN priorities, and encourage organizations and individuals to establish coalitions.


Have other sitting judges worked to impact government legislation or policy?

During their time on the bench, several Canadian judges have engaged in external activities, which have pushed for policy and legislative change at the provincial and federal levels. These include:

Justice Murray Sinclair
As Associate Chief judge, Senator Sinclair was appointed Co-Commissioner, along with Court of Queen’s Bench Associate Chief Justice A. C. Hamilton, of Manitoba’s Public Inquiry into the Administration of Justice and Aboriginal People (The Aboriginal Justice Inquiry). The AJI report was an extensive study of issues plaguing the relationship between Aboriginal people in Manitoba and the Justice system. It has had a significant impact on changing the law and legal policy in Canada. It was referred to in the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples of Canada (RCAP) as well as by the Canadian Bar Association in its report on Aboriginal People and the law of Canada.

Justice Michael Tulloch (Ontario Court of Appeal)
Justice Michael Tulloch has presided over an independent review of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the Office of the Independent Police Review Director (OIPRD), and the Ontario Civilian Police Commission (OCPC). The review dealt with carding and racial profiling within the police force, and it sought to recommend ways government could enhance the transparency and accountability of the police oversight bodies while preserving fundamental rights, through such things as legislation. Justice Tulloch sits on the court of appeal and, although seconded to these areas, is still able to sit on cases that involve police and allegations of racial profiling

For absolutely clarity, Justice Donald McLeod, is not permitted to communicate with any government official, or their designates, on behalf of the FBC.

What is Donald McLeod’s role within the organization?

Donald McLeod is the founder of the FBC. He served as the Leadership Advisor to the Steering Committee and the Executive Team and sat in a non-voting capacity on both committees. He joined his voice with the other members of the Representative interim board of the FBC in a joint spokesperson capacity.
Further, McLeod remained committed and able to participate, if requested in roundtables to help shape the narrative relying on his judicial perspective, and lived experience, in the formulation of public policy.

Donald McLeod resigned from the FBC for personal reasons and due to the growth of the corporations work.

Why was Ebyan Farah sitting on the Steering Committee when her husband is Ahmed Hussen, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship? Is there not a conflict of interest?

Ebyan Farah joined the FBC FCN Steering Committee to engage Canadians originating from continental Africa.  With executive-level experience serving the Canadian Somali Congress, Ebyan Farah provided strategic insight on how the FBC FCN could frame its strategic mandate to engage community stakeholders from a variety of continental African backgrounds.

Recognizing the perception of conflict, Ebyan had not engaged in any discussions with the government since June of 2016, when the work began to establish the FBC FCN as a non-profit organization. Further, Ms. Farrah received the appropriate clearances from the Liberal Party Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commission to join the Steering Committee.

Ebyan Farah’s term of service on the Steering Committee ended on February 25, 2018, at her request, and she remains a supporter of the FBC FCN vision.


Does the FBC FCN to speak for or represent all Black Canadians?

Since its inception, FBC FCN has been clear that it does not speak for all Black Canadians, but that it is adding its voice to a chorus of organizations working across the country to improve the lives of Canadians of African descent.

Does the Federation get money from the community?

The FBC is positioned to fund its operations through grants, donations and social entrepreneurial initiatives. We have received micro-donations from the public grants and members of the FBC team.

How does the FBC FCN respond to social issues and injustices that affect Canadians of African Descent?

FBC FCN considers international, national, regional and local matters that negatively affect Black Canadians and raise matters of concern directly during its meetings with government officials and political parties. Presently, the FBC FCN responds to issues of concern based on the following criteria:

•        Be national in scope and have a direct impact on Black Canadians;
•        Be time sensitive where the loss of life, liberty or security is imminent; and
•        Be relevant to FBC FCN partners in principle and/or relevant stakeholders.

How was the FBC FCN created?

The genesis of FBC FCN is a meeting of 37 concerned Black Canadians, following the murder of a young Black woman in the GTA. Those present decided to work together to establish an organization, which could collaborate with groups across the country to affect change.

FBC FCN is a non-partisan not-for-profit organization, which will continue to maintain its apolitical status and independence.


Was Donald the spokesperson of the Federation?

Donald McLeod was one of several spokespeople for the FBC. Our Communications department manages the majority of the outbound communications, and other members of the Steering Committee represent the FBC in strategic roles with third parties and partners.

Donald McLeod resigned from the FBC for personal reasons and due to the growth of the corportaions work.

Who are the paid staff of the FBC?

There is presently no paid staff at the FBC. We actively pursue secondment and interchange partnerships with third-party organizations which embed professionals in the FBC who can mentor the organization via the transfer of knowledge and expertise.

From the period of December 2018 to September 16 we had two interchange resources embedded in FBC who were paid by third-party organizations.


Does the FBC FCN have Bylaws? How is FBC FCN governed?

Yes, the corproation has By-laws which were created using the standards present within the Non For Profit Corporations Act. The FBC FCN is currently governed by the interim Board of Directors which is made up of a few founding members, and appointed members from various parts of Canada to bring a diverse perspecive and oversight.

How does the FBC FCN collect and register our members?

FBC FCN is currently inviting the public to sign up to be a formal member of the FBC FCN. You can get connected here.

What is the FBC FCN Interim Board of Directors?

The Interim Board of Directors is an interim group of volunteers tasked with setting up FBC FCN’s regional coalition infrastructure and governance model for ratification by the new Board.

Comprised of Black community members from across the country, the coalitions will participate in the election of the FBC FCN Board of Directors.


What is the Interim Board of Directors working on?

The Interim Board of Directors has been working on:

• Collaborating with Black community organizations to establish regional coalitions across the country;
• Drafting a proposed FBC FCN governance structure to be ratified by the new Board;
• Creating an inclusive, clear and deliverable manual of operations for ratification by the Board;
• Establishing partnerships with community organizations and individuals;
• Consulting with Black community organizations and individuals to identify activities and collaborative work; and
• Sharing the outcome of its non-partisan discussions with government officials.

What is the organizational structure of the Federation?

The FBC is Not For Profit corporation duly registered on November 28, 2017, according to the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act).

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Is FBC FCN partisan?

No the FBC FCN is not a partisan group. FBC FCN has engaged with several political parties at all levels of government, including the municipal level. This engagement has included presentations to the Prime Minister as well as to leaders of the federal and Ontario Conservative and New Democratic parties.

Outreach events like Lobby Day and the National Summit of Black Canadians have engaged representatives and spokespersons from a variety of federal, provincial and municipal parties.


What is Lobby Day/Black Voices on the Hill?

Lobby Day (also known as Advocacy Day) has been renamed to Black Voices on the Hill. This is an event used by non-governmental organizations like FBC FCN for select days, often annual when lay members meet politicians or public servants at various levels to advocate on a variety of relevant issues.

FBC FCN participates in this event because it provides a face-to-face opportunity to address federal laws, policies and programs that affect Black Canadians and recommend ways to remove racial barriers and improve quality of life of Canadians of African descent.


Which political parties were involved in Lobby Day?

Participants at Lobby Day met with representatives of the federal liberal, conservative, NDP and Green parties.


What are the community action documents FBC FCN is working on?

FBC FCN is working on two main documents that focus on community engagement.

A National Working Paper: A Roadmap Towards Recognition, Development and Justice

The first one was developed out of the initial meeting of 37 concerned citizens and Black community organization representatives in 2016. It is entitled “A National Working Paper: A Roadmap Towards Recognition, Development and Justice,” of which an iteration of the document has been presented to government officials.

Canadian International Decade Strategic Action Plan: 2018-2024

The second document, which has not been presented to any elected official, is the “Canadian International Decade Strategic Action Plan: 2018-2024”, which is still being finalized based on the outcome of the strategic planning sessions at the National Black Canadians Summit, responses to online surveys and discussions at town halls being hosted across the country. Once completed and presented to the Black communities, it will be presented to external stakeholders and government officials.

What is the current mandate of the FBC FCN?

FBC FCN is a national organization that collaborates with Black communities, organizations and people in 13 provinces and territories across Canada. We provide a space for these organizations to share ideas, best practices and strategize while advocating with them to governments, parliaments, regional and multilateral organizations, businesses and faith-based organizations.

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Which political parties were invited to speak at the National Black Canadians Summit?

The National Black Canadians Summit featured over 48 speakers including the Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship; Jagmeet Singh Leader of the New Democratic Party; Patrick Brown then leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party; and John Tory, Mayor of Toronto.


Who organized the National Black Canadians Summit?

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation organized the National Black Canadians Summit, in partnership with the Federation of Black Canadians, the Somali Center for Family Services and various other organizations.


What is the relationship between the FBC FCN and Michelle Jean Foundation?

The Michaëlle Jean Foundation is the partner with which FBC FNC has co-hosted the National Black Canadians Summit in the past. It uses its unique arts for collective impact model to enable underserved youth to use creativity to change their lives and their communities. The FBC has also received a micro grant in the past to help the work get started. The funds have been used to support the first town hall meetings, and to acquire resources to develop the large scale national project i.e (software, communications network, etc). It is important to note that these funds helped to get the work started but did not cover everything needed.


Does FBC FCN represent a political party?

The FBC FCN is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, which seeks to address issues of concern to Black communities with all major federal, provincial and municipal parties.