The Case for AfriCana Village & Museum:
History is clear, the historical facts are there for any one who wants to take the time investigate the matter. African-Canadians are de-facto ONE of the founding non-aboriginal peoples of Canada. Mathieu Da Costa , a Black Explorer who spoke the Mic Mac language was guide and interpreter to French explorer Samuel De Champlain. Canadian history books informs us that Samuel De Champlain discovered much of Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region. In some history books Mathieu Da Costa is mentioned, but given short shrift. However the question lingers....how can one be the guide and interpreter for someone if they have not explored the area before them? A question for another day perhaps?
As historically documented above African-Canadians are one of the "Founding Peoples" of Canada, the Province of Ontario and in particular South Western Ontario. We look forward to working with all three levels of the Canadian government to establish the African-Canadian Healing & Development Fund to assist in executing this grand vision. The African-Canadian Healing & Development Fund will be used for the economic and cultural empowerment and development of African-Canadians and indeed Canada. We are also seeking private investors, philanthropic organizations, ethical and social finance funds who are seeking "Blended Value"and "Social Impact Investments" Return on investment. Yes its possible to generate an excellent ROI while making Canada a better place for ALL Canadians. Yes YOU can make a difference by investing and or contributing to AfriCana Village, a social enterprise that will create jobs targeting African-Canadians, new immigrants and youth, giving them hope for a better tomorrow.
AfriCana Village & Museum will be a special place where ALL Canadians can learn about the richness and diversity of the African-Canadian experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all. AfriCana Village will tell the story of a people rising from "Slaveships to Championships", a story of formerly enslaved African people's surviving, living, shaping and contributing to the building of Canada and indeed western civilization ... we believe it’s one of the greatest story never told!. We look forward to you, your family and friends visiting AfriCana Village in the future, our goal will be to Entertain, Enlighten, Educate and inspire you while you Explore and Experience the rich and varied Afri-centric cultural heritage of African-Canadians, The African Diaspora and Continental Africa. We invite ALL progressive people of goodwill and good heart to join us in building this Grand Vision that will economically and culturally empower a people still yearning to be truly free. we invite you to support this transformational project that will bring pride to a historically marginalized community, city and country.
In light of the above:
We intend to formerly request and petition the Federal Government of Canada to grant 40+- acres of federally owned land in Toronto’s Waterfront- Portlands in-order to develop AfriCana Village & Museum. Commencing in mid to late 1700’s The Portlands was home to enslaved Africans known as the “ Black Empire Loyalists”. As kith and kin and descendants of these enslaved Black Empire Loyalists- we believe we have a moral and possibly a legal claim to a portion of the the Portlands. We believe slavery in Canada and Federal government immigration laws were designed to harm Canadians of African descent in particular. We request that the Government of Canada take steps to remedy the historical and present damage inflicted upon African-Canadians and peoples of African descent. As a form of reparation and compensation we believe the federal government should donate 40+ acres of Portlands property to an African- Canadian owned and controlled Foundation or social enterprise entity- which will be charged with developing AfriCana Village & Museum into a cultural tourism destination and economic engine for the benefit of African-Canadians in perpetuity.
A recent study from University of Toronto Prof. David Hulchanski flags the role of discrimination and in particular anti-black racism in economic inequality and systemic poverty.
“It’s starker than we would expect,” Hulchanski said in an interview.
The Toronto Star September 30th, 2018 sounds the alarm with the following article.
"Toronto is segregated by race and income. And the numbers are ugly"
Its time for the Canadian government to step in and address this ticking time bomb of racial and economic injustice.
We believe AfriCana Village & Museum can be part of the solution.
Founder, Executive Director
AfriCana Village & Museum