Key Themes from Engagement Sessions
(African Canadian Community)

SETSI’s engagement sessions with organizations that serve the African and Caribbean Canadian communities have helped us to identify key issues and concerns. Many participants in the early engagement sessions identified the following needs:

  • Acknowledge and develop ways to address systemic racism in the SE/CED sector.
  • Improve communication about social financing and social economy support services, policies, practices, and government-funded opportunities.
  • Widespread outreach from the SE/CED sector is needed in communities and the organizations that serve those communities.
  • Improve the capacity of social finance intermediaries and service providers to engage the aforementioned communities.
  • Provide services in a manner that addresses the intersecting needs of the African and Caribbean Canadian social entrepreneurs.
  • Address barriers to accessing government services and opportunities faced by the African and Caribbean Canadian communities.
  • Acknowledge and develop ways to address systemic racism in the SE/CED sector.
  • Written submissions. The SETSI Steering Committee invites individuals and organizations to provide written submissions of actionable insights related to the engagement sessions. Online written submissions can be sent to [email protected]
  • In-person group engagement sessions. SETSI invites recommendations highlighting specific priority issues, around which in-person focus groups could be convened. Open discussions will take place in select cities across Ontario with interested individuals and organizations. (Windsor, London, Ottawa, Hamilton, Brampton, Durham, Toronto)
  • One-on-one consultation sessions with targeted individuals and organizations.
  • Other requested approaches suggested by interested parties are appreciated and will be considered.

Questions and suggestions can be also addressed
directly to the following people:

Jessica Rayne
SETSI Steering Committee
e: [email protected]

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