Our Purpose

To positively impact children and youth of African/Black descent by providing a creative and positive space to explore identity and heritage through the arts.

To create a positive community space for people of African descent to explore and celebrate African culture and identity within a Canadian context.

Our Mission

Challenge stereotypes around Black identity, diversity in Africa and “Africans”.

Use arts, projects and events to support and create positive change working towards eradicating the negative impacts of discrimination.

To positively impact children and youth of African/Black descent by providing a creative and positive space to explore identity and heritage through the arts.

Our Vision

“Umuntu ngubuntu ngabantu….I am because we are…A person is a person because of people”. Spotlighted by Nelson Mandela, this African value statement means that we cannot exist in our humanity alone. We need each other to be fully human.

Empower people from cultural minorities specifically those of African descent.

Break down stereotypes and build bridges between diverse communities by highlighting and sharing cultural commonalities.

Encourage the bridging of generational and cultural gaps within families, community and organizations.

Our Goals

To build on shared visions with other African organizations in strengthening the African community in the Waterloo Region by building “a strong and confident African community”.  (African Canadian Association of Waterloo and Region)

Stimulate discussion around issues of African/Canadian identity and the development of our African Canadian identity.

To highlight the successes, positive values and the beauty of Africa and its various cultures, as well as outlining the richness common to all  African cultures.

Umuntu Ngubuntu Ngabantu

I am because we are; A person is a person because of people