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Ottawa, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism announced Jan 23 at Twitter Canada in Toronto that Ontario is investing $1 million in the public awareness campaigns -- which will run from January through March 2018 -- to help them rise above racial prejudices to promote Ontario's Black children, youth and families, media reports said.
Michael Coteau. Image credit: Twitter handle
These campaigns will be delivered by three organizations to promote strong Black cultural identities through community outreach, online videos, live local events, traditional media and social media.
“Anti-Black racism and prejudice pose barriers for Black youth..I believe these campaigns will be the start of a new chapter for everyone,” Coteau was reported to state.
This year’s recipients, Urban Rez Solutions and Innovate Inclusion, in partnership with La Passerelle-I.D.É., will lead campaigns in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Windsor and Ottawa, and Empowerment Squared will create a Hamilton-focused campaign.
The initiative is part of the Ontario Black Youth Action Plan, a four-year, $47 million commitment to bridge disparities for more than 10,000 Black children, youth and families in Ontario's communities.
The Ontario Black Youth Action Plan is a result of 40 years of research and designed with help from an External Implementation Steering Committee made up of Black youth and leaders in business, education and the community.
Community engagement also played an important role in the plan’s design.
To date 45 community engagement sessions in 13 communities, engaging more than 1,300 people from the Black community had been held by the government.
“Ontario’s Black Youth Action Plan is a bold and courageous plan that will inspire governments throughout the world to address anti-black racism...and discrimination...We are very encouraged by the selection committee’s recognition of this,” Farley Flex, Co-founder, Urban Rez Solutions was reported to state.
Applications for organizations to develop next year’s campaigns are now reportedly open.
25 percent of hate crime in 2012–2014 were against Black people, Statistics Canada reported.