The deaths of George Floyd in America and Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Canada sparked international protests, with people demanding justice for an end to systemic racism and police brutality. Now more than ever, businesses can leverage their platforms and stand in solidarity with Black communities here in Canada.
Recognizing What We Can Do
HeartPress’ #BrokersOfGood was created to give all charities – no matter their size or cause – a level playing field. It’s a place where organizations are partnered with companies based on shared values. This week, as we participate in #AmplifyMelanatedVoices, we’ve had a look at how #BrokersOfGood supports anti-racism and BIPOC communities. Although our team is racially diverse, we were not conscious of the fact that there are limited anti-racism charities in our #BrokersOfGood matching platform. This is something that we are making a conscious effort to change.
Support Black and Anti-Racism Charities in Canada
Canadian businesses and individuals wanting to make an immediate difference can consider making a donation to one of the many charities who fight systemic racism, inequality and injustice here in Canada.
Black in BC COVID-19 Community Support Fund | Vancouver – Donate to the Black in BC COVID-19 GoFundMe to provide immediate financial support to black people who are disproportionately experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19.
Black Business and Professional Association | Toronto – The BBPA aims to advance Canada’s Black communities by delivering programs that support business and professional excellence, higher education and economic development.
Black Health Alliance | National – The BHA works to improve the health and wellbeing of Canadian Black communities by addressing health inequalities, building connected communities and targeting anti-black racism.
Black Lives Matter | Toronto – The BLM Toronto chapter aims to “forge critical connections and to work in solidarity with black communities, black-centric networks, solidarity movements, and allies in order to to dismantle all forms of state-sanctioned oppression, violence, and brutality committed against African, Caribbean, and Black cis, queer, trans, and disabled populations in Toronto.”
Black Lives Matter | Vancouver – The BLM Vancouver chapter supports the organizing work of black folks and allies in undoing systemic racialized violence. It centres and upholds the voices of BIPOC and those who are otherwise marginalized.
Black Space | Winnipeg – Spreading perspectives of Afrocentrism, and Pro-Black conversation, Black Space Winnipeg creates safe spaces for people of colour through hosting community events, artist demonstrations and workshops.
Black Women in Motion | Toronto – Their mission is to empower, celebrate and support the advancement of Black women. Through collaboration with local partners and community agencies, we deliver programs and connect our clients to resources that support their needs.
Black Youth Helpline | National – Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools.
The Come Up | Edmonton – This youth collective comes together to create and strategize community-based solutions to issues and challenges relevant to their experiences. Overall, their mission aims to encourage individual and collective empowerment from within their communities.
Federation of Black Canadians | National – The FBC advances social, economic, political and cultural interests of Canadians of African descent.
Harriet Tubman Community Organization | Toronto – Harriet Tubman Community Organization is dedicated to building meaningful and developmental relationships with young people, experiencing racialization between the ages of ages of 8 – 25 years old.
Hogan’s Alley Society | Vancouver – HAS is committed to researching, preserving and presenting Black history and the contributions of Black settlers to the province of BC.
Nia Centre for the Arts | Toronto – The Nia Centre is committed to supporting artists working across disciples, and ranging in experience levels. They strive to build the creative capacities and support the development of a healthy identity in Black youth.
SURJ Toronto | Toronto – Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Toronto works to collaborate with local and national racial justice and decolonization organizing efforts led by BlPOC organizers.
The Urban Alliance on Race Relations | Toronto – The Urban Alliance conducts research and provides education to address anti-racism in Toronto.