African Canadian

Fanta Ongoiba: Toronto's Passionate Advocate Who Is Making Headways

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

The lakeside village of Port Stanton is an almost two hours' drive away from Toronto. Located near the City of Orillia, ON -- the seaside cottage comm...

Should Idle No More Include African Canadians?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

There is a small but vocal fringe in the Idle No More movement which advocates for the deportation of said "settlers". This unfortunate sentiment has turned potential friends into foes -- especially in the black community where it's a chilling reminder of the first time Africans were forced to traverse the Middle Passage. The similarities between aboriginals and black Canadians abound: both were oppressed people, both were driven/captured from their homelands by mostly Europeans. Both were dehumanized and denigrated as wild, suspicious and uncivilized.

The RNC Needs a Diversity Makeover

Donald D'Haene | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

The Republican convention's most telling moments happened every time the camera scanned the delegates in Tampa, Florida. Yes, it was a 2012 political convention but it still looked predominantly white from my vantage point. Republicans could take a paint-by-number lesson from Canada's political play book -- primarily from one Preston Manning.

How I Realized I Was Part Black

Dianne Lawrence | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada
Dianne Lawrence

My second "wow" moment came as I made friends with my black neighbours and they asked me about my racial background. I would tell them I wasn't sure and they would invariably tell me I looked like a family member or a good friend who was considered "high yellow." High yellow blacks often pass for white. So at the age of 29 my identity as a white person ended..