Foundation for Black Communities secures assured funding

In a significant move recognizing the invaluable contributions of Black Canadians, the Canadian government reaffirmed its commitment to the United Nations (UN) International Decade for People of African Descent, which commenced in 2015 and concludes this year.

Kamal Khera

The government underscored the UN declaration as a pivotal framework aimed at fostering inclusive programs to empower individuals of African descent and combat racism, discrimination, and xenophobia both domestically and globally.

Since 2018, the government has allocated up to $860 million towards initiatives specifically tailored to address the needs and aspirations of Black communities, spanning from initiatives focused on racial justice to fostering entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.

A key component of this commitment is the establishment of the Foundation for Black Communities, entrusted with the management of the Black-led Philanthropic Endowment Fund. This fund aims to provide sustainable, long-term financial support to charities and non-profit organizations dedicated to combating anti-Black racism and enhancing social and economic well-being in predominantly Black communities across Canada. Notably, this initiative has facilitated the establishment and growth of numerous Black-owned businesses in Canada.

Commenting on the significance of the UN Decade and the ongoing commitment to Black communities, Kamal Kera, Minister of Diversity, emphasized its role as a guiding framework to acknowledge the rights, culture, and achievements of the over 1.5 million people of African descent residing in Canada today.

Minister Khera noted that while the UN Decade concludes this year, the government’s dedication to supporting Black communities will persist well into the future.

“The contributions of the Black diaspora to Canada have endured for generations,” Minister Khera said.

“Therefore, our commitment to recognition, justice, and development for Black communities extends far beyond the confines of any single decade. I remain steadfast in my pledge to uphold and support Black communities across Canada through 2028 and beyond.”