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    PROFILES ON BLACK CANADIANS

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    Perhaps more so than any other sport, figure skating embodies the balance between athleticism and artistry. That marriage is part of the reason watching sports is so compelling.  Those attributes also perfectly personify Canadian figure skater Elladj Baldé. 

    Dean Chambers and Craig Brown are Black Torontonians who founded a financial literacy firm called Checks Over Strikes. Both founders grew up in a community that didn't have resources in part because of financial illiteracy. “We've started a trend to teach financial knowledge to our kids so that our grandkids can enjoy the fruits of our labour,” says Dean Chambers. We spoke with them to learn about their story and to find out why and how they wanted to support their community through financial management and entrepreneurship.

    “I want my children and grandchildren to be proud of themselves, to be in love with what they are and to see themselves everywhere. I don't want them struggling with what I got to struggle with,” says Lisa Julien, a licensed esthetician and a skincare specialist in Ontario.

    (COVER PHOTO: "Mind" Courtesy Alexis Eke)

    The BLACK Legal Action Center (BLAC) is a not-for-profit community legal clinic launched to combat individual and systemic anti-Black racism.

    Freelance illustrator Jenelle Lewis is a generation-next creative who burst out of the gates right after high school.

    What does it mean to steer a ship? 

    Although Canada claims to have the best health care system in the world, racialized groups living with mental health issues know that there are some gaps in the system.

    “If you know who someone is, where they come from, and how they’ve shaped themselves to be a human being just like everybody else, your perspective changes,” says Nadia Thompson, Chair of Black History Manitoba (BHM).

    Attending a full day of lectures, working a minimum wage job that has you on your feet for several hours, then having to complete assignments or study all in a single day can be very draining.

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