Document and propose solutions to the challenges faced by young Afro-Quebecois
MONTREAL, June 14, 2021 / CNW Telbec / – In order to better document the issues faced by black youth and, above all, to offer concrete solutions to these challenges, the Socio-economic Summit for the Development of Youth in Black Communities ( Youth Summit) is proud to announce the creation of the Observatory of Black Communities of Quebec, a first Quebec and Canada, thanks to the support of its 51 member organizations and the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation.
With a budget of $ 6 million over five years, the Observatory will have four main axes:
Research aimed at documenting, analyzing and better understanding the socio-economic realities of black youth. The work will focus on the multiple impacts of anti-black racism in Quebec, socio-economic development and community practices of black communities. The research will also shed light on the knowledge and expertise of members of the black community.
Community development to directly support organizations working with black youth by providing them with resources and training.
The mobilization of various stakeholders to promote collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and skills; for example, between researchers, practitioners and young people.
Communication to promote accessibility, and wide dissemination of knowledge to promote its appropriation by Quebec population.
A lever to fight against the inequalities specific to black communities
The events of the past year have brought to the fore several forms of racism and discrimination that young Afro-Quebecers unfortunately continue to experience, whether in terms of jobs, economic opportunities, education, access. public services, racial profiling, etc.
Created by the community, the strength of the Observatory will be to make the link between research and the field, and will thus propose concrete solutions developed with the actors concerned, that is to say the members of black communities and especially young people.
The Observatory’s first mandate is to draw a comprehensive portrait of black youth through Quebec over the next 18 months. This exercise will provide a better understanding of their reality, particularly with regard to issues of racialization and anti-black racism. In addition, over the next two years, he will promote the integration of black youth into the research community through an internship program.
“The launch of the Observatory of Black Communities in Quebec marks an important step in the fight against anti-black racism. Quebec is home to nearly 320,000 people of African descent, which represents one in 25 Quebecers. To build a stronger, fairer and more equitable society, we must do everything in our power to ensure that these Quebecers have access to the same opportunities and can achieve their full potential. This project, designed with our community organizations and our members, would not be possible without the substantial contribution and collaboration of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation. “
– Édouard Staco, President of the Youth Summit
“The Observatory of Black Communities in Quebec is committed to lasting social transformation. The available data confirms the need to specifically address the inequalities affecting black communities. I am convinced that the research we are going to conduct will allow us to make an accurate diagnosis of the situation of blacks. young people in Quebec and to propose concrete solutions adapted to their reality by relying on their knowledge. “
– Désirée Rochat (PhD), program director at the Observatory of black communities in Quebec
“We have been supporting this Summit project since it was just an idea two years ago. Black populations face a number of major issues that need to be documented in order to be better addressed. We are proud to support this project. It will promote dialogue within our society, encourage us to work together for the socio-economic inclusion of young people and ensure that Quebec is a fairer and more inclusive society that takes into account the needs and realities of all communities. “
– Jean-Marc Chouinard, President of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation
About the Youth Summit: Composed of some forty organizations, the Socio-economic Summit for the Development of Young People in Black Communities is an innovative network whose mission is to contribute to the economic and social development of Quebec and Canada focusing specifically on the contribution of black youth.
SOURCE Socioeconomic Summit for the Development of Youth in Black Communities
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