(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. 

    For a long time, Lori Beazer would go to farmers’ markets and never see Black farmers.

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    Every thriving entrepreneurial culture requires strong support systems for founders taking financial risks to launch new businesses.

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    “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).

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