On September 30th the nation will mark its first Truth and Reconciliation Day, to reflect, and take action on the historic and current mistreatment of Indigenous people. The holiday was originally proposed back in 2015 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which called on the federal government to dedicate a statutory holiday “to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”
London’s Ward 13 councillor, Arielle Kayabaga, has just made history again - this time as the first Black candidate to be elected into the House of Commons representing the electoral district of London West.
The farmworker migrant crisis in Canada cannot be ignored this Labour Day. While we pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of all workers, it’s important we also campaign for the rights of those in need of better working conditions.
PHOTO: Untitled, 7 Women (2019), a unique picotage on inkjet print, coloured pencil and spray paint on museum board by Paul Anthony Smith (101.6 x 127 cm). Part of the Hott Collection, New York. courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York In Derek Walcott’s 1992 Nobel Lecture The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory, he illustrates the essence of Caribbean culture as created by its cities; boundaryless, vibrant at its core, and rhythmic in its movement. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) new exhibit Fragments of Epic Memory, titled in honour of Walcott’s speech, encompasses the very beauty he imagined for his people.
Overlooking the heart of Downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, the DMZ is a world-leading incubator for tech start-ups based in Ryerson University and is committed to providing a space for entrepreneurs to focus on scaling their business. From networking and investment opportunities to being placed in a community of like-minded individuals, the incubator connects founders with tailored support to meet them where they are.
(PHOTO CREDIT: Robin Pueyo) Black Lives Matter (BLM) - Canada announced earlier this month, a 10,000-square-foot Victorian building would become the new home for the Wildseed Centre for Art and Activism. A soft launch was held on Wednesday with an emphasis on nurturing creativity to birth ideas of resistance. But some are questioning just how radical BLM - Canada can get with its ideas, when it has agreed to accept funding from the state. There are also lingering questions being asked around the parent organization, BLM Global Network’s financial transparency.
Photo: CEO Kerin John, Black Owned Toronto | Now that the conversation is shifting to focus on ways to support the Black community - we can all agree opening your purse is key. But searching for local Black-owned businesses to support doesn’t have to start at google.