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DEFINITION: Black collaboratives

A Black collaborative meets the following criteria:

Collaborative Membership and Leadership Culturally and Community Anchored Work Equity and Anti-Oppression Focused
  • The lead organization is a Black organization*.
  • If the lead is not a Black organization, the majority of collaborative members must be Black organizations. Where the lead is not a Black organization, the lead must explain this decision and describe how the collaborative aims to include Black leadership in the design, delivery, and decision-making of the initiative.
  • Black youth are clearly central to the design and delivery of the initiative. They also play a key role in decision-making.
  • Initiative is designed explicitly for Black youth with significant input from Black youth.
  • The collaborative is committed to centering, honouring, and elevating Black culture, histories, narratives, futures, and prioritizes healing.
  • The collaborative has connections, relationships, trust, and acceptance in the communities in which they work.
  • The collaborative aims to challenge and transform the status quo through systems change; end anti-Black racism and systemic oppression of Black people; create opportunities for Black youth to be their full selves; and build power and put decision-making in the hands of Black communities.

* Black organizations are defined as organizations where Black identity is at the centre of programming; where programs address anti-Black racism and are delivered through a critical race lens; and Black leadership is found at all levels (i.e., staff, executive, board members, etc.)

 

DEFINITION: Indigenous collaboratives

An Indigenous collaborative meets the following criteria:

Collaborative Membership and Leadership Culturally and Community Anchored Work Equity and Anti-Oppression Focused
  • The lead organization is an Indigenous organization*.
  • If the lead is not an Indigenous organization, the majority of collaborative members must be Indigenous organizations. Where the lead is not an Indigenous organization, the lead must explain this decision and describe how the collaborative aims to include Indigenous leadership in the design, delivery, and decision-making of the initiative
  • Indigenous youth are clearly central to the design and delivery of the initiative. They also play a key role in decision-making.
  • Initiative is designed explicitly for Indigenous youth with significant input from Indigenous youth.
  • Initiative is rooted in Indigenous history and values, and is reflective of Indigenous cultures, narratives, worldviews, traditions, spirituality, and centering Indigenous histories, healing, and futures.
  • The collaborative has connections, relationships, trust, and acceptance in the communities in which they work.
  • Collaborative aims to challenge and transform the status quo through systems change; end oppression against Indigenous people; create opportunities for Indigenous youth to be their full selves; and build power and put decision making in the hands of Indigenous communities.

* Indigenous organizations are defined as organizations that not only serve Indigenous people, but have significant Indigenous leadership and cultural values woven into the fabric of the organization. [1]

 

[1] The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Emerging Trends in Philanthropy for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Communities in Canada: A Focus on Manitoba.

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