This blog posts shares relevant resources for those looking to celebrate Black History month, acknowledge the contributions people of African descent have made, and deepen their learning about Anti-Black racism.
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African Ancestral Acknowledgement
We acknowledge those who came here as settlers – as migrants either in this generation or in generations past – and those who came here involuntarily, particularly those brought to these lands as a result of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery. We pay tribute to those ancestors of African origin and descent.
“Democracies flourish when large numbers of citizens acquire the capacity to shape civic and economic life. Social Entrepreneurship is a process that enables citizens to do that.”
– Azadeh Tajdar
The Social Economy through Social Inclusion (SETSI) model aims to tell a story, change minds, shift perspectives, and grow communities. Our coalition was developed as a response to some of the emerging trends and challenges we have collectively witnessed in the social economy, social finance, impact investing and cooperative ecosystems. We are a broad coalition of young executives, social entrepreneurs, community organizers, economists, researchers, lawyers, and social justice advocates.
Our mission is to create prosperity and abundance in our society, utilizing social innovation and enabled by diversity and inclusivity. We want to build a world where all organizations have an intentional, positive, social benefit. Business leaders and entrepreneurs internationally are realizing that by innovating their business models they can create significant positive social impact, while also increasing their financial sustainability. In Canada the need for incubation, mentoring and co-working services for entrepreneurs is obvious and as we at SETSI convene, organize and mobilize.
We are creating a more inclusive and thriving ecosystem for start-ups and emerging leaders. In an increasingly complex and changing world, it is clear to our members that ‘traditional’ social frameworks simply don’t match the change around us anymore. Through our strategic focus and direction, learning and honouring lived experience and shared social values we aim to evolve the aforementioned sectors and ecosystems.
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Black History Month 2023 Leadership Series
Every February, people across Canada participate in Black History Month capacity-building gatherings, and events that honour the legacy of Black Canadians and our communities. The 2023 theme of our collective Black History Month leadership series is: UBUNTU FOREVER – “Ubuntu” is a Bantu term meaning "I am Because We Are” No matter where you live, we invite all Canadians to learn more about Black communities, peoples of African descent and how we continue to advance the development of Canada.
Black people are often given the double burden of experiencing racism and discrimination, and then being expected to fix it. During this Black History Month, Canadians celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians and their communities who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada a culturally diverse and prosperous country. Thought leaders and practitioners across Canada will gather to unpack and build on the intersectionality of our collective work and impact. Through panels, presentations, and capacity building trainings and workshops, we will reimagine the future of an inclusive Canada.
If you have the financial capacity or access to a professional budget within your organization your ticket purchase provides access to all gatherings and capacity building sessions below.
For any inquiries including accessing accessible tickets, please email email@example.com.
When She Leads Panel – Virtual
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 @ Noon EST
Banking While Black Panel – Virtual
Thursday, February 9, 2023 @ Noon EST
Cyber Security & Black-led Non-Profits Panel – Virtual
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 @ Noon EST
The Black Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Canada Panel – Virtual
Friday, February 17, 2023 @ Noon EST
Foodpreneur Ecosystem Round Table - Virtual
Monday, February 20, 2023 @ Noon EST
The Future of Black Communities & Philanthropy in Canada Panel – Virtual
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 @ Noon EST
Black Communities, The Labour Movement & Decent Work Panel – Virtual
Wednesday, February 22, 2023 @ Noon EST
Health Is Wealth Panel – Virtual
Thursday, February 23, 2023 @ Noon EST
Social Procurement & Black Business in Canada
Thursday, February 23, 2023 @ 6pm EST – Virtual
Black Communities & Charitable Status in Canada Panel – Virtual
Friday, February 24, 2023 @ Noon EST
The Black Food Sovereignty Movement in Canada Presentation – Virtual
Friday, February 24, 2023 @ 6pm EST
Black Communities, Law Enforcement & Justice Panel – Virtual
Saturday, February 25, 2023 @ Noon EST
Educational Attainment & Black Communities Panel – Virtual
Monday, February 27, 2023 @ Noon EST
Black Communities & Affordable Housing in Canada Panel – Virtual
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 @ Noon EST
Liberation for Black Canadians with Disabilities - Keynote Address – Virtual
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 @ 7pm EST
Rites of Passage & Black Communities in Canada
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 @ Noon EST