Black Canadian Community Organizing For Urgent Action In Support of Permanent Legislative Policy for Black Canadians

Black Canadian Community Organizing For Urgent Action In Support of Permanent Legislative Policy for Black Canadians

Join us at our upcoming UNDPAD meetings:
Saturday, September 30th
9:00am – 10:30am PST
12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

Saturday, October 7th
10:00am – 11:30am PST
1:00pm – 2:30pm AST

Saturday, October 14th
9:00am – 10:30am PST
12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

Saturday, October 21st
9:00am – 10:30am PST
12:00pm – 1:30pm EST

Save your seat at ALL our UNDPAD meetings below:

Why is a permanent legislative policy urgent and important for us?

It’s our doorway into the government permanently regardless of what party is in power

A permanent seat at the table where we as a community contribute solutions to issues that affect us – anti-Black racism, employment, health, etc that are by us, for us & actually work for our community

Every other equity-seeking community e.g. our Indigenous brothers & sisters, LGBTQA+, persons with disability, veterans, and others have a permanent legislative policy but the Black community

What is the Durban Declaration Program of Action | DDPA?
DDPA was declared in 2001 asking for the following concrete actions in support of people of African descent around the world.

Investments in health systems, education, housing, electricity, drinking water, and environmental control measures and promoting equal opportunities in employment

Ensuring access to education and to new technologies, in particular to women and children

Inclusion of the history and contribution of Africans and people of African descent in the education curriculum

What is the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent | UNDPAD?
Established in 2014, (13 years after the DDPA), the UNDPAD is;

"A consultative mechanism for people of African descent and other relevant stakeholders as a platform for improving the safety and quality of life and livelihoods of people of African descent, as well as an advisory body to the Human Rights Council, in line with the program of activities for the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent and in close coordination with existing mechanisms".

In 2021 (20 years after the Durban declaration) the UN finally established a Permanent Forum on People of African Descent and held its 1st session in Geneva 2021.

June 2023, the 2nd session, brought together hundreds of academics, representatives of organizations, agencies, human rights institutions, and civil societies working to advance the rights of people of African Descent – 900+ people from around the world.

HISTORY OF PROGRESS

2001

Durban Declaration Program of Action [DDPA]
Canada votes against DDPA

2015

UNGA established International Decade for People of African Descent [IDPAD]

2018

Canada finally endorsed UNDPAD

2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Happens George Floyd Murdered

2021

The First Session of UNDPAD (see Canada's actions and initiatives for the Black community below)

2023

The Second Session of UNDPAD

In 2021, in response to Covid & Black Lives Matter protests, Canada put forward temporary programs that end in 2024/5 in support of the Black community

1. Black Entrepreneurship Program

30m to FACE Coalition [100m committed in non-government guaranteed loans through BDC]

100m Ecosystem funding

6.5m BEKH funding

2. 25m SBCCI granting program

We are now in 2023 and UNDPAD ENDS in 2024!

URGENT: WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

We need answers now from our government by becoming part of the conversation in parliament by reaching out to them & making our voices heard!

1. What is the permanent legislative policy for Black Canadians resulting from UNDPAD? Where is the progress of the working group recommendations from 2017?

2. The Employment Equity measure of 2021, when will the recommendations from the measure be actioned?

3. Can we receive confirmation that our Canadian government acknowledges the urgency and importance of the matter, and will vote in favor of:

Establishing a permanent forum for people of African Descent at the United Nations?

Extending the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent for another decade, considering Canada’s engagement has been limited to only six of the initial ten years, with much work remaining for our country and community?

4. What plans does the government have to sustain, with increased funding including for operations, for the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI) program, with the possibility of making it a permanent initiative?

What is our goal for urgent mobilization?
To provide ESDC a unified and strong voice asking for answers to how the Government of Canada can address the priorities of Black communities in Canada to promote long-term development under the Decade as part of their current and ongoing request for feedback from the community.

Here are different ways YOU can support this unified voice of Black Canadians for change:

Add your voice by writing a letter to the Ministers and our MPs! Simply copy and paste the email below with subject: Urgent request for response, UNDPAD, what happens now?

Hello Minister Gould,

I trust this letter finds you in good health.

We extend our deepest gratitude for including us in the recent round-table discussion on the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent (UNDPAD). This important initiative, launched in 2014 and later joined by Canada in 2018, is set to conclude next year in 2024. Recognizing the urgent need to assess the accomplishments of the Government of Canada in meeting UNDPAD’s objectives, we, as representatives of the Black community, humbly request an opportunity to confer with you regarding the current status and future direction of the program. Specifically, we are asking the following:

  • What is the permanent legislative policy for Black Canadians resulting from UNDPAD? Where is the progress of the working group recommendations from 2017?
  • The Employment Equity measure of 2021, when will the recommendations from the measure be actioned?
  • Can we receive confirmation that our Canadian government acknowledges the urgency and importance of the matter, and will vote in favor of:
    • Establishing a permanent forum for people of African Descent at the United Nations?
    • Extending the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent for another decade, considering Canada’s engagement has been limited to only six of the initial ten years, with much work still remaining for our country and community?
  • What plans does the government have to sustain, with increased funding for the Supporting Black Canadian Communities Initiative (SBCCI) program, with the possibility of making it a permanent initiative?

We eagerly await your response and a schedule for a meeting.

Thank you and kindest regards,

[your names]

[Name of the organization you represent]

[Number of people represented by your organization]

Monsieur Le Ministre Gould,

Nous vous exprimons notre profonde gratitude pour nous avoir inclus dans la rĂ©cente table ronde sur la DĂ©cennie des Nations Unies pour les Personnes d’Ascendance Africaine (UNDPAD). Cette importante initiative, lancĂ©e en 2014 et rejointe plus tard par le Canada en 2018, doit prendre fin l’annĂ©e prochaine en 2024. Reconnaissant le besoin urgent d’Ă©valuer les rĂ©alisations du gouvernement du Canada en vue de rĂ©pondre aux objectifs de l’UNDPAD, nous, en tant que reprĂ©sentants de la communautĂ© noire, demandons humblement l’opportunitĂ© de vous consulter sur l’Ă©tat actuel et l’orientation future du programme. Plus prĂ©cisĂ©ment, nous demandons ce qui suit:

  • Quelle est la politique lĂ©gislative permanente pour les Canadiens noirs rĂ©sultant de l’UNDPAD? OĂą en sont les progrès des recommandations du groupe de travail de 2017?
  • Concernant la mesure sur l’Ă©quitĂ© en matière d’emploi de 2021, quand est ce que les recommandations de cette mesure seront-elles mises en Ĺ“uvre?
  • Pouvons-nous recevoir la confirmation que notre gouvernement reconnaĂ®t l’urgence et l’importance de la question et votera en faveur de:
    • L’Ă©tablissement d’un forum permanent pour les personnes d’ascendance africaine aux Nations Unies?
    • La prolongation de la DĂ©cennie des Nations Unies pour les Personnes d’Ascendance Africaine pour une autre dĂ©cennie, compte tenu du fait que l’engagement du Canada n’a Ă©tĂ© limitĂ© qu’Ă  six des dix premières annĂ©es, avec encore beaucoup de travail Ă  faire pour notre pays et notre communautĂ©?
  • Quels sont les plans du gouvernement pour soutenir, avec un financement accru, , y compris pour les opĂ©rations, le programme de l’Initiative de Soutien aux CommunautĂ©s Canadiennes Noires (SBCCI), avec la possibilitĂ© d’en faire une initiative permanente?

Nous attendons avec impatience votre réponse et un calendrier pour une réunion.

Merci et meilleures salutations,

Hello,

My [names are] [from city/town] (kids under 20, include your age too) I am writing to add my voice to those of other Black Canadians on the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent [UNDPAD] and what should happen next from our communities perspective.

As you are aware, the UNDPAD was established in 2014 with Canada signing on in 2018, and 2024 will mark the end of the program. Taking stock of the Government of Canada’s initiatives towards meeting the objectives of IDPAD, we the Black community urgently request answers on the state of the declaration across the three pillars: recognition, justice, and development. Specifically, we ask the following:

  • What is the permanent legislative policy for Black Canadians resulting from IDPAD?
  • The Employment Equity measure of 2021, when will the recommendations from the measure be actioned?
  • Can we receive confirmation that our Canadian government acknowledges the urgency and importance of the matter, and will vote in favor of:
    • Establishing a permanent forum for people of African Descent at the United Nations?
    • Extending the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent for another decade, considering Canada’s engagement has been limited to only six of the initial ten years, with much work still remaining for our country and community?

We eagerly await your response.

Thank you and kindest regards,

[your names]

Bonjour,

Je m’appelle [votre nom] et je viens de [votre ville/village] (incluez Ă©galement l’âge des enfants de moins de 20 ans). Je vous Ă©cris pour ajouter ma voix Ă  celles d’autres Canadiens noirs concernant la DĂ©cennie des Nations Unies pour les personnes d’ascendance africaine [UNDPAD] et ce qui devrait se passer ensuite du point de vue de nos communautĂ©s.

Comme vous le savez, l’UNDPAD a Ă©tĂ© crĂ©Ă©e en 2014 et le Canada a adhĂ©rĂ© en 2018 or 2024 marquera la fin du programme. En faisant le bilan des initiatives du gouvernement Canadien pour atteindre les objectifs de l’IDPAD, nous demandons instamment des rĂ©ponses sur l’Ă©tat de la dĂ©claration dans les trois piliers : la reconnaissance, la justice et le dĂ©veloppement. Plus prĂ©cisĂ©ment, nous posons les questions suivantes :

Quelle est la politique lĂ©gislative permanente pour les Canadiens noirs dĂ©coulant de l’IDPAD ?

Les recommandations de la mesure sur l’Ă©quitĂ© en matière d’emploi de 2021 seront-elles mises en Ĺ“uvre prochainement ?

Pouvons-nous obtenir une confirmation que notre gouvernement canadien reconnaĂ®t l’urgence et l’importance de cette question, et votera en faveur de :

– L’Ă©tablissement d’un forum permanent pour les personnes d’ascendance africaine aux Nations Unies ?

– La prolongation de la DĂ©cennie des Nations Unies pour les personnes d’ascendance africaine d’une autre dĂ©cennie, compte tenu de l’engagement limitĂ© du Canada Ă  seulement six des dix annĂ©es initiales, alors qu’il reste encore beaucoup de travail Ă  faire dans notre pays et notre communautĂ© ?

Nous attendons avec impatience votre réponse.

Merci et meilleures salutations,

[Vos noms]

Who can sign this petition? EVERYONE CAN! By signing this petition you are supporting your Black friends, family, neighbours and fellow Canadians. Have your voice be heard today!