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Behind the scenes at Afrofest

20 Jul 2021

An interview with Peter Toh, the Executive and Artistic Director of Music Africa Canada — the parent company of Afrofest, which is the largest free African Music Festival in North America. We speak about the history of the festival, its driving mission, and why Music Africa has an important role to play to support Pan-African artists and the community at large.

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Community empowerment through the Black Opportunity Fund

23 Mar 2021

 

Spearheaded by a coalition of black Canadian executives and established in 2020, the Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) is Canada's most ambitious investor fund dedicated to ​supporting Black community organizations, businesses ​and entrepreneurs. The fund's primary aim is to enable the black community to access a pool of long-term funds to help combat the impact of systemic anti-Black racism and promote social and economic empowerment across Canada. It represents a dynamic partnership involving businesses, philanthropists, foundations, and the Black community.

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It takes a village: How Ounce of Prevention (Oz) is tackling the classroom to prison pipeline

05 Sep 2020

 

Sobering statistics highlight that while African-Canadians make up 3% of the general population, they account for 10% of the federal prison population. Black Canadians represent the fastest-growing group in federal prisons and are vastly overrepresented behind bars. Sadly, the trends continue to head in the wrong direction, as a recent study revealed 70% more black Canadians in federal prisons today than there were ten years ago.

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