BOTS was launched 11 years ago as a grassroots solution to meet needs we saw in our community, and to bring people together to celebrate and support people of African descent here in Canada. Through the support of the community we launched a Summer Camp program based on an African values system, then what has become our annual festival. This was followed by the Education program in schools and the Youth Leadership Program and finally a Mentorship program. Over the last 10 years we we have hosted numerous pop events across the region including plays, dance workshops, educational panels, Diversity cafes in rural communities and more. Black founded, Black led on both an organizational and governance level, our commitment is to support success for the Black community, with a special focus on youth. We have been operating for over 10 years, but only registered as a not for profit in 2019 in order to upscale our activities.
“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.
Our values include:
collaboration, culture and storytelling, listening, excellence, respect,