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Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah) - from the fourth of seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa - is a collective voice based on the Afrocentric principles of respect and integrity to eliminate systemic barriers and empower the African Nova Scotian community to reach its full potential.

The initiative is supported by some of Nova Scotia's most influential leaders from the African Nova Scotian community and the Greater Halifax Partnership.

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    1. 1. Empowering the African Nova Scotian community to reach its full potential<br />
    2. 2. WHAT DOES UJAMAA MEAN?<br />Ujamaa (oo-JAH-mah): from the fourth of seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa<br />cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.<br />
    3. 3. Branches<br /><ul><li>Outcomes
    4. 4. Tangible results and success
    5. 5. Community moving forward </li></ul>in all the strategic areas<br /><ul><li>Symposiums, discussions, conversations
    6. 6. Energy
    7. 7. Advocacy
    8. 8. Research
    9. 9. Policy Implementation</li></ul>Trunk<br /><ul><li>Ujamaa Association
    10. 10. Afro centric philosophy
    11. 11. Cohesion
    12. 12. Coordination
    13. 13. Synergy
    14. 14. Research
    15. 15. Policy development
    16. 16. Advocacy
    17. 17. Gap analysis of key </li></ul>focal areas<br /><ul><li>Outcome monitoring
    18. 18. Resource monitoring
    19. 19. Network maintenance</li></ul>Roots<br /><ul><li>Network capacity building
    20. 20. Leadership/community capacity </li></ul>building<br /><ul><li>Information sharing
    21. 21. Program/project development
    22. 22. Stimulus for communities overall </li></ul>economic growth<br />
    23. 23. GUIDING PRINCIPLES <br />
    24. 24. AFROCENTRIC PHILOSOPHY<br />People of African descent working together to respect and promote each other and to celebrate our collective history, identify and adopt an Africentric world view.<br />
    25. 25. WHY IS UJAMAA NEEDED?<br />Historically, African Nova Scotia (African Nova Scotia) community has been successful implementing projects to address community, economic and social issues<br />BUT<br />Long-term sustainability continues to be a challenge<br />
    26. 26. WHY IS UJAMAA NEEDED?<br /><ul><li>Only three government initiatives specifically target the needs of African Nova Scotian communities:
    27. 27. Black Business Initiative (BBI)
    28. 28. Council on African Canadian Education (CACE), and
    29. 29. African Canadian Services Division
    30. 30. African Nova Scotians are virtually absent from government-affiliated volunteer agencies, boards, and commissions.
    31. 31. Existing statistics state that African Nova Scotian community members:
    32. 32. Earn less than average citizens of the province
    33. 33. Participate in the labour force less
    34. 34. Experience higher levels of unemployment, illiteracy and incarceration than the average citizen
    35. 35. Have higher rates of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes
    36. 36. Greater numbers live in inadequate housing</li></li></ul><li>BLACK AND AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN POPULATION<br />Compared to Average Nova Scotia, African Nova Scotians have:<br /><ul><li>Lower participation rates in the economy
    37. 37. Higher unemployment
    38. 38. Lower income
    39. 39. Poorer health outcomes
    40. 40. Poorer justice outcomes
    41. 41. Lost potential to Nova Scotia of about $100 million each year</li></ul>African Nova Scotian Stats:<br /><ul><li>9,805 African Nova Scotian and 19,225 Black persons in Nova Scotia in 2006;
    42. 42. 94% per cent of African Nova Scotians are 64 years of age or younger
    43. 43. 20 per cent are 14 years of age or younger, compared to 16.2 per cent for the general population of Nova Scotia</li></li></ul><li>Work to Date<br />
    44. 44. ROUNDTABLES<br />July 2007 Roundtable<br />Hosted by the Greater Halifax Partnership at the Preston Area Board of Trade focused on labour market development and economic development in African Nova Scotian communities. <br /><ul><li>Recommendations</li></ul>Stakeholders gave a formal endorsement of the work the Greater Halifax Partnership was doing to enable the community to build the capacity required to create sustainable economic opportunities.<br />The need for a satellite office in Preston. <br /> <br />Action<br />October 2007 - Greater Halifax Partnership opens a satellite office in Preston in partnership with NSCC and Black Business Initiative<br />
    45. 45. ROUNDTABLES<br /><ul><li>September 2007 Roundtable
    46. 46. Hosted by Greater Halifax Partnership focused on Community Capacity – participants included the AGS, Martin Luther King Project, Beechville, Preston Board of Trade, and the African Canadian Music Association.
    47. 47. Recommendations
    48. 48. While there are a number of vendors in the African Nova Scotia community, there are a limited number of events where the vendors have the opportunity to showcase and sell their products. The idea of the African Village Bazaar was born.
    49. 49. Action
    50. 50. The Partnership and the Black Business Initiative organized and held an Afrikan Village Bazaar on February 2007 at the WTCC.</li></li></ul><li>ROUNDTABLES<br /><ul><li>November 2007 Roundtable </li></ul>Greater Halifax Partnership hosted the November 2008 roundtable exploring a multi-year, multifaceted funding process that would allow the African Nova Scotian community to achieve it goals without having to worry about the year-to-year funding cycle. <br /> <br /><ul><li>Recommendations:</li></ul>More research is required.<br /><ul><li>Action: </li></ul>Establish a Reference Group to give voice and action to African Nova Scotia concerns in HRM. <br />Achieve commitments for significant, long-term funding focused on African Nova Scotia priorities to:<br />reduce and ultimately eliminate systemic challenges and barriers to success <br />build a stronger, sustainable and empowered future for the African Nova Scotia community.<br />
    51. 51. 13<br />REFERENCE GROUP - PURPOSE<br />Establish a multi-year, multi-party “framework” for full integration of various objectives held by the three levels of government, local institutions, business and community NGOs.<br />
    52. 52. Dr. Burnley “Rocky” Jones, Co-chair<br />Burnely Jones & Associates<br />Joan Jones<br />Nova Scotia Legal Aid<br />Calvin Gough<br />African Canadian Services Division<br />Irvine Carvery<br />Africville Genealogy Society <br />Dr. Wayne Adams<br />Adams Consulting & Management Group<br />Dr. Les Oliver<br />Black Cultural Centre<br />Cynthia Dorrington, Co-Chair<br />Greater Halifax Partnership Director<br />Yvonne Atwell<br />Community Justice Society<br />Reverend Rhonda Britton<br />Cornwallis St. Baptist Church<br />Reverend Wayne Desmond<br />Cherry Brook United Baptist Church<br />Gordon Doe/Rustum Southwell<br />Black Business Initiative<br />14<br />REFERENCE GROUP<br />Reference Group was drawn from community, public and private sector to advise and guide process<br />
    53. 53. REFERENCE GROUP – 2008 <br /><ul><li>Full day working session to synthesize the feedback and recommendations from the roundtable discussions
    54. 54. Reviewed best practice models and governance structures, e.g. East Vancouver Tri-partite Agreement
    55. 55. Developed a Terms of Reference
    56. 56. Seconded staff from Department of Education (3 months) to assist with the development of the initiative
    57. 57. Completed baseline research of reports and services provided for the African Nova Scotian community
    58. 58. Gathered research in the area of Afro centric organizational development, which allows organizational framework to be culturally centered from the initial stages. </li></ul>Key Deliverables :<br /><ul><li>Agreed to a network model of operation that will allow for association of organizations to develop and monitor the economic situation of the African Nova Scotia community
    59. 59. Agreed to an internal operation structure that would focus on research, advocacy and policy needs of the African Nova Scotian community
    60. 60. Agreed to the desired approach and building blocks for community consultation and engagement</li></li></ul><li>The network model allows for community groups and individuals to fully participate in this process. <br />The council will support the capacity of these networks, as they become the life blood of the organization. <br />As the networks build, they also provide membership for the Council. <br />Also built into these networks is regional representation.<br />REGIONAL <br />WORKING<br />GROUPS<br />.<br />Social Service Organizations<br />Heritage, Historical, Cultural Organizations<br />YOUTH<br />JUSTICE <br />Ujamaa<br />Network<br />Religious and Spiritual Organizations<br /> Business<br />Organizations<br />HEALTH<br />.<br />EMPLOYMENT <br />Educational Organizations<br />ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT<br />
    61. 61. 17<br />
    62. 62.
    65. 65. REFERENCE GROUP - 2009 <br />Hosted Network Sessions<br /><ul><li>Feb - Employment Network Session
    66. 66. Feb & Mar - Regional Education Planning Sessions
    67. 67. Feb , Mar, May & September – Justice and Corrections Network Sessions
    68. 68. Mar , April & September – Youth & Employment Network Session
    69. 69. June – Joint Networking Session</li></ul>Hosted Information Sessions & Presentations (examples include):<br /><ul><li>Antigonish – Guysborough Community Development Association
    70. 70. Cape Breton Service Providers Network
    71. 71. Capital District Health Authority
    72. 72. Digby Family Services Association
    73. 73. Black Employment Partnership – Provincial Committee
    74. 74. Black Business Initiative
    75. 75. Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children
    76. 76. Black Cultural Centre
    77. 77. East Preston Recreation Centre/ East Preston Ratepayers/Preston Area Board of Trade/Preston Trails Association
    78. 78. Nova Scotia Regional Development Association (Executive Director)
    79. 79. NDP Caucus
    80. 80. Liberal Caucus</li></ul>Ongoing Community and Stakeholder Relations and Presentations throughout the Year<br />Building the Governance Model for the Organization<br />
    81. 81. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM <br />THE NETWORK SESSIONS <br />CULTURAL:<br />Engage regional working groups to ensure needs of various communities are addressed and met<br />Develop programs that fit the needs of the community<br />Offer cultural development programs for youth<br />Develop policy to increase support for cultural institutions in the African Nova Scotia community<br />HEALTH:<br />Train more continuing care workers<br />Increase and provide broader access to mental health services<br />Increase youth aptitude in math and sciences to increase opportunities in the health professions<br />Research possibility of holistic health services and centers for the African Nova Scotia communities<br />HOUSING:<br />Conduct a land inventory<br />Develop a provincial strategy<br />Research and evaluate affordable housing opportunities in the African Nova Scotia community<br />Research and evaluate home ownership (for data purposes)<br />YOUTH:<br />Engage cultural mentors<br />Train and build access to skilled child and youth care workers with a deep respect for Africentric principles<br />Create more Drop-in Centres<br />Increase the number of Black community officers, in partnership with RCMP<br />
    82. 82. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM <br />THE NETWORK SESSIONS <br />JUSTICE:<br /><ul><li>Create mobile legal clinic
    83. 83. Increase the number of court support workers
    84. 84. Expand curriculum for community legal advocate training
    85. 85. Develop policy re: issue of sentencing inequities
    86. 86. Ensure access to legal information
    87. 87. Train 30 Corrections Officers over the next two years to work in Corrections Facilitates
    88. 88. Extend the existing crime prevention models being delivered by the Community Justice Society into other African Nova Scotian communities across the province
    89. 89. Increase dollars for prevention programs, provided by organizations like the Community Justice Society.</li></ul>EMPLOYMENT:<br /><ul><li>Engage government in discussions on the present criteria for EI and Income Assistant, the present criteria excludes the majority of the African Nova Scotian community whom are unemployed.
    90. 90. Evaluate and improve present Life skills and transition to employment programs
    91. 91. Create a data base for stats on employment in the African Nova Scotia community: Where we are where we are not
    92. 92. Create a strategy for hiring, and retention
    93. 93. Evaluate existing best practices in equity hiring programs. Devise a strategy for these programs to be rolled out province wide.
    94. 94. Develop a Cultural Competency program (equity) for employers, to support African Nova Scotia members that are presently employed, and as incentive for employers who hire members of African Nova Scotian community</li></li></ul><li>EDUCATION:<br /><ul><li>Partner with Africentric Learning Institute (ALI), on community initiatives.
    95. 95. Create a mechanism to measure, what success looks like in the African Nova Scotia community with respect to education
    96. 96. Increase support for and education of parents
    97. 97. Create opportunities for community dialogue with all intuitions and agencies that are responsible for education in the province</li></ul>RECOMMENDATIONS FROM <br />THE NETWORK SESSIONS <br />ECONOMICS:<br /><ul><li>Create comprehensive evaluation of community land holdings in African Nova Scotia communities that can have a major impact on sustainable development.
    98. 98. Engage planning department within municipalities and the province in conversations, about land use, “Community Streetscapes”, beautification, and development, to have a community centered approach to building our communities
    99. 99. Create a clear and comprehensive municipal planning and development policies related the African Nova Scotian communities
    100. 100. Create a Talent Strategy (how we retain youth with post secondary education) with a specific focus on the African Nova Scotian community</li></li></ul><li>REFERENCE GROUP – 2010<br /><ul><li>Signed Memorandum of Understanding with the Greater Halifax Partnership
    101. 101. Created the Bylaws
    102. 102. Hosted Ujamaa Dialogue Lounge
    103. 103. July 2010
    104. 104. August 2010
    105. 105. October 2010
    106. 106. December 2010 </li></ul>Key Deliverables<br /><ul><li>August 2010 - Ujamaa incorporated under the Societies Act
    107. 107. Transition Reference Group to the Interim Council</li></li></ul><li>Joan Jones<br />Nova Scotia Legal Aid<br />Irvine Carvery<br />Africville Genealogy Society <br />Dr. Wayne Adams<br />Adams Consulting & Management Group<br />Dr. Burnely “Rocky” Jones, Co-chair<br />Burnely Jones & Associates<br />Cynthia Dorrington, Co-Chair<br />Greater Halifax Partnership Director<br />Yvonne Atwell<br />Community Justice Society<br />Reverend Rhonda Britton<br />Cornwallis St. Baptist Church<br />26<br />INTERIM COUNCIL<br />Role of the Interim Council is to guide the process to operationalize the new organization.<br />
    108. 108. INTERIM COUNCIL – 2011<br />2011 (January – March)<br /><ul><li>Prepared drafting funding proposal for two-year operations
    109. 109. Implementing a stakeholder relations plan to advance the funding to the three levels of government
    110. 110. Issued Call for Expression of Interests for Ujamaa Council Members
    111. 111. March 31, 2011 – Transition Interim Council role and responsibilities to Ujamaa Council</li></li></ul><li>UJAMAA COUNCIL - 2011<br />Joan Jones<br />Lillian Searl<br />Malik Adams<br />Roberta Morrison<br />Dr. Wayne Adams<br />Dr. Burnley “Rocky” Jones, Chair<br />Carm Robertson<br />Darlene Lawrence<br />Evan Williams<br />George Gray<br />Irvine Carvery<br />28<br />
    112. 112. UJAMAA COUNCIL <br />March 30th - Transition role and responsibilities from Interim Council to Ujamaa Council<br />Priority Agenda Item<br />Securing funding to operationalize Ujamaa<br />
    113. 113. Economic Data <br />for the<br />African Nova Scotian Community<br />
    114. 114. AFRICAN NOVA SCOTIAN COMMUNITY PROFILES<br />Source: Nova Scotia Community Counts<br />
    115. 115.
    116. 116.
    117. 117.
    118. 118.
    119. 119.
    120. 120. Distribution of the Black and Total Population by<br />Education - No certificate diploma or degree <br />Nova Scotia Census 2006<br />50%<br />Nova Scotia<br />40%<br />Visible minority: Black<br />30%<br />20%<br />10%<br />0%<br /> 15 to 24 years<br /> 25 to 54 years<br /> 55 and over<br />
    121. 121.
    122. 122. Percentage of Population (15+) with Employment <br />Income, Nova Scotia Census 2006<br />Total - Population<br />74.0%<br />71.6%<br />Visible minority: Black<br />70.4%<br />72.0%<br />70.0%<br />68.0%<br />66.3%<br />65.9%<br />65.9%<br />66.0%<br />64.0%<br />61.4%<br />62.0%<br />60.0%<br />58.0%<br />56.0%<br />Total - Sex<br />Male<br />Female<br />