• The Tubman Games is a track and field event created for the
African, Caribbean and African-Canadian community.
• Since its inception in 1971, the original founders of the The
Black Track Meet: Ken Jeffers, Marlene Green, Marlene
Rock, Alexander Francis, Horace Campbell and Maurice Robb
made the Games a national and international success.
• The Tubman Games was a means to mobilize the African
Diasporic community through sports.
• It was eventually taken over by HTCO as part of their
• Despite its decline in the 1990’s, HTCO has revived the
Tubman Games and will recreate its glory days for the
community to celebrate.
• Matanga Festival is an annual summer event that promotes
African-centred healing and spiritual wellness.
• Through workshops and guest speakers, the goal of the Matanga
Festival is to promote and enhance the well-being of the African
Diasporic community by addressing the issues faced within the
communities and discussing ways to learn and grow from our
• Previous workshops from the Matanga Festival included:
• Established in 1973, Afropan Steel Band is Toronto’s oldest steel
• It was started by a group of pannists under the name of “Harriet
• Afro Pan has won several Caribana competitions thus garnering the
name “The People’s Band.”
• Through their early years at Harriet Tubman Centre, Afropan has
contributed to the community by offering steel pan classes to
• Afropan still continues to share the art of steel pan to the Toronto
community at large.
The African Canadian Legal Clinic
• The African Canadian Legal Clinic (ACLC) is a not-for-profit
organization established in October 1994 expressly to address antiBlack racism in Canadian society.
• It originated as part of Harriet Tubman’s Court Workers’ Program
that was created to provide legal advice to young men and women
who were having difficulty navigating the Criminal Justice system
• ACLC administers the African Canadian Youth Justice
Program, Adult Justice Program and the Youth Justice Program.
Youth Honoring Community Achievements
• This is an exciting skill development program for young people.
The purpose of the program is to cultivate, nurture and support
marginalized groups of young people in their journey to develop
leadership, research and documentary film-making skills.
• The youths meet and learn from community leaders to appreciate
their heritage by visiting historical organizations and landmarks.
A Different Booklist
The Freedom Train, August 1st, 2013
Itah Sadhu & Shannon Ashman
The Freedom Train
The Freedom Train
• On July 31st, 2013 at 11:30 pm, passengers boarded the TTC
subway in honor of the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s
• The gather began at Union Station and headed northbound to
Downsview Station, arriving at the stroke of midnight to welcome
Emancipation Day on August 1st, 2013.
• Throughout this historical and symbolic underground train
ride, the passengers listened to songs and speeches about freedom
and the tenacity of Harriet Tubman.
• The Freedom Train not only commemorated Harriet Tubman, but
also paid tribute to all freedom fighters who courageously fought
for liberty and rights for all.
Harriet Tubman Institute for Research
on the Global Migrations of
Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the
Global Migrations of African Peoples
• Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African
Peoples studies and preserves the history of African migration around the
• The institute was launched on March 25th, 2007 on the 200th anniversary
of the British Act to abolish the slave trade.
• It was named after Harriet Tubman in honour of her spirit, courage and
perseverance in guiding slaves through the Underground Railroad to
• Harriet Tubman Institute is a part of an international network
representing 24 institutions around the world known as the UNESCO
“Slave Route” project.
• MACPRI celebrates its 25th year!
• Independent and innovative, this organization has won the Harriet
Tubman Innovation Award.
• Their concepts such as the African Image Revolution (AIR) was
designed to capture the images of African people in all their glory.
• The Oware Tournament is a revolutionary strategy to engage all
ages in an ancient board game, widely played across Africa.
• Their African-to-Toronto imports and Sankofa tours to Ghana have
been made available to HTCO for our young people to experience
Africa in its glory. The largest amounts of donations for our silent
auction came from MACPRI.
Sozi Vizuri: Eat Well
• HTCO partnered with the Africentric Alternative School on
developing a nutritional program for children under the leadership
of Thando Hyman Anan.
• We wanted to get major funding to provide healthy traditional
meals to assist with better learning outcomes but were
• However, we received $4000.00 to provide healthy snacks before
and after school.
Woodgreen Rites of Passage
• Based on the West African tradition, Rites of Passage guides youths
through a transitional process into adulthood.
• The mentors are paired with the youths by helping them to
connect and identify their African heritage which is often
repressed from their everyday lives.
• The guiding principles of Rites of Passage are:
• Self- determination
• Responsibility of the community around them
• It has seen success within its young participants where many have
successfully found meaningful employments and becoming
Young & Potential Fathers
• Young & Potential Fathers seek to promote parental engagement
between young fathers and their children.
• Their goal is to “strengthen the capacity of individuals, families
and the community at large to provide direct support to young
fathers and their children.”
• Some of the programs they offer:
Super Dads, Super Kids
Play and Learn
The Incredible Years
The National Rites of Passage Institute
• The National Rites of Passage Institute (NROPI) is one of the oldest
and largest children, youth and family based non-profit
organization in North East Ohio.
• NROPI works primarily with African-American youth in identity
development and resiliency as they work to answer critical
questions about themselves and their relationship to the
• HTCO has been greatly influenced by the NROPI and has worked
closely with them to incorporate their principles into the
programming that HTCO offers.
Redemption Reintegration Services
• Redemption and Reintegration Services (RRS) grew out of the
community it serves, working to provide youth offenders with the
programs and services they need to become skilled, active and
engaged members of the community. RRS focuses on youth as
assets to society, and works to increase resilience, capacity and
agency among youth.
• Some of the programs and services RRS offer are:
Anew-U Social Enterprise
Drugs Oppress People Everyday (D.O.P.E)
African Book Collective
Transitional School Program (A Partnership with TDSB)
• IMPACT’n Communities is a non-profit organization that
focuses on communities in the Kingston-Galloway area.
• Their programming is geared towards promoting
healthy communities and individual well-being.
• Programs include:
IMPACT’n Youth Drop-In
The Great Debate
Theatre for Peace
Adult Fitness: Caribbean Style!
Sankofa.In.Cipher Knowledge Building & Media
• Sankofa.In.Cipher has supported HTCO by engaging young people
in open and honest dialogue and through inspirational dub poetry.
• Sankofa.In.Cipher is an organization designed to uplift the African,
Caribbean and African-Canadian Community through its services
Diversity & Anti-racism workshops
Scholarships and Bursaries