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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
  • YOF prioritizes collaboratives led by Black organizations*
  • If the collaborative is not led by a Black organization, at least 1/3 of the collaborative members are Black organizations that have a significant and clear role in the design,delivery and decision making of the initiative.
  • Black youth are clearly central to the initiation, design, delivery, and decision-making of the initiative. 
  • Initiative is designed explicitly for Black youth, recognizing the diversity of the Black communities they are serving, with significant input by Black youth. 
  • Collaborative emerged explicitly to change or rebuild the oppressive systems impacting Black youth.
  • Through its work, the collaborative is committed to elevating Black cultures, histories and healing. 
  • Collaborative members/individuals have legitimacy and acceptance in the community they are working in - as demonstrated through a proven track-record of allyship towards  the Black community.
  • Collaborative remains continuously committed to engaging, listening, and learning from the community in which they serve.
  • Ending anti-Black racism and the systemic oppression of Black people – specifically Black youth - underpins the mission and strategies of the collaborative’s work. 
  • Collaborative aims to challenge and transform the status quo through systems change.
  • Collaborative aims to increase access to, and build power in the Black community.

* 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
  • YOF prioritizes collaboratives led by Indigenous (First Nation, Métis or Inuit) organizations.
  • If the collaborative is not led by an Indigenous  organization, at least 1/3 of the collaborative members are Indigenous organizations that have a significant and clear role in the design, delivery, and decision-making of the initiative.
  • Indigenous youth are clearly central to the initiation, design, delivery, and decision-making of the initiative. 
  • Initiative is designed explicitly for Indigenous youth, recognizing the diversity of the Indigenous communities they are serving, with significant input by Indigenous youth.
  • Collaborative emerged explicitly to change systems to improve the lives of Indigenous youth. 
  • Initiative is rooted in Indigenous history and values, and is reflective of Indigenous cultures, traditions and spirituality.
  • Collaborative members/individuals have legitimacy and acceptance in the community they are working in.
  • Collaborative remains continuously committed to engaging, listening, and learning from the community in which they serve.
  • Ending oppression, and creating opportunities and spaces for Indigenous peoples to be their full selves, and changing or rebuilding systems impacting Indigenous youth are central to the work. 
  • Collaborative aims to challenge and transform the status quo through systems change. 
  • Collaborative aims to increase access to, and  build power in the Indigenous community.

* 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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