Toronto Community Housing is pleased to join with its staff, tenants and community partners in celebrating African Heritage Month. African Heritage Month is always an exciting time at Toronto Community Housing. It's a month full of entertainment and celebrations. However, African Heritage Month isn't just about fun events. It's a time to think about the challenges that face the black community and honour the achievements of African Canadians.
Our goals for African Heritage Month:
- To raise awareness of African contributions to society;
- To unlearn racism and bias;
- To encourage fuller participation of Toronto Community Housing staff and community partners;
Every year, our Community Housing Units and business units organized and hosted educational, creative and fun events for African Heritage Month.
Have a look at some of the events that took place during Africian Heritage Month.
CHU 25 in partnership with St. Clair Services for Seniors and York West Senior Citizens Centre hosted a wonderful African History Month Celebration that featured a full interactive program of singing, dancing, performances and historical skits on African leaders past and present, may performed by seniors from Toronto Community Housing communities. It was a day of sharing and celebration that brought together people of all ages and communities.
CHU 10 in partnership with AGO, Downtown Grapevine Newspaper and University Settlement Recreation Centre (USRC) hosted a Grange Community Black History Celebration at USRC. We had two artists Camille Turner and Cat Campbell who instructed children and adults on the art making of Adinka Story Pouches. The two artists had previously interviewed a black woman who attended the church in the Grange community for many years. She shared her story of struggle as a black person in a white community. Her story was featured on a story board and her struggles inspired questions about our own lives that each participant chose to answer and put in their own story pouch. Music was provided by a flautist and an acepella singer in tribute to black artists. There was also Caribbean treats for everyone to try. The event was also attended by MPP Rosario Marchese. A good time had by all!
CHU 12 Tenant Council had a great celebration on African Heritage Month with tenants, community agencies, and John Parker, City Councillor in partnership with City of Toronto (Park, Forestry and Recreation). Rev. Dr Charles A Swan gave out a very inspiring speech about change, hope and faith. Hammed Shaqq played wonderful African music with steel pan. Julian, tenant of the Overlea volunteered to share her trip experience in Africa last year with showing pictures. Participants learnt more about African culture and the event helped build a better understanding among different culture groups.