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    Ethiopia, known for its rich oral literature, is the oldest East African nation.

    “Covert forms of racism are the worst. I think most people don't even realize that they may be contributing to racism by participating in the system that facilitates it.”  - David "Click" Cox

    On May 31, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the $291.3 million Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund. The fund aims to address systemic barriers that many Black Canadian entrepreneurs face when starting and growing their businesses.

    It’s been a year since the world witnessed the horrific murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin.

    Having access to resources makes a world of difference. This also rings true for Black entrepreneurs in Canada.

    “Freedom is something that everyone should value and that’s what Emancipation Day is all about, the beginning of freedom,” says Rosemary Sadlier, the woman who spearheaded the effort to get the Government of Canada to officially recognize Black History Month (recognized nationally in 1995) and Emancipation Day (recognized nationally in 2021).

    The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) released its new report entitled, “Building Black Businesses in Canada: Personas, Perceptions & Experiences,” which aims to explore the financial needs of Black-owned Businesses in Canada.

    “The fight against anti-Black racism is not a singular isolated event. It’s a journey. This research is the first step I took on this journey to pave the way for a better world for our children,” says Sabrina Clarke Duffy, founder of On Point Insight, and the lead on a new study on racism in North America.

    In an effort to prevent incidents of racism, the Parents of Black Children (PoBC) launched a new online tool for educators and school staff across Canada on March 2, 2021. The tool will allow PoBC to track incidents involving anti-Black racism perpetuated against students and employees in school compounds. The idea is to document stories of racism that often go unnoticed, or are swept under the rug by school authorities. The new system will foster more transparency and accountability, and enable data-driven policy change. 

    (PHOTO: Rodney Diverlus photographed by Robin Pueyo) Building on its successful fundraising at the height of the pandemic in Toronto, BLM-Canada has launched the Canada Black Mutual Aid Fund nationwide. These are micro-grants offered to Black people across Canada, who have experienced hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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