In December 2017, City Council unanimously approved the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism (“Action Plan”). On February 12, 2018, Council approved our request to begin implementation of the confronting anti-Black action plan, as well as our request to develop a Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit to support this implementation.
The Anti-Black Racism Partnership & Accountability Circle (“PAC”) is comprised of diverse Torontonians of African descent to support the implementation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism in effective, collaborative and accountable ways.
The PAC is a recommendation that emerged directly from the Action Plan:
|19: Increase opportunities for Black Torontonians to participate in City decision-making.
||19.2: Outreach, recruit and appoint diverse people of African descent to program-level advisories in City divisions.
||Social Development, Finance & Administration
As part of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism, the Confronting Anti-Black Racism (“CABR”) Unit of the City of Toronto engages 12 Black Torontonians (African descent or origin, African Black Caribbean, African-Canadian, Canadians of African descent) as part of the Partnership & Accountability Circle (“PAC”). The purpose of the PAC is to guide the CABR Unit and support the full implementation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. The PAC will be supported by the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit.
Through direct and ongoing engagement with the CABR Unit, Anti-Black Racism Partnership & Accountability Circle partners with the City on municipal efforts to help the City better serve Torontonians of African descent. The PAC will:
- Provide guidance and advice to CABR Unit staff in the planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism;
- Contribute insight, analysis, information, and strategy to CABR Unit service and policy planning that impacts outcomes for Torontonians of African Descent as reflected in the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism;
- Advise the CABR Unit on areas where the City should be taking a lead, facilitating or convening to effectively advance positive outcomes for Torontonians of African Descent;
- Support partnership development with Black communities, leaders, organizations and institutions to advance positive outcomes for Torontonians of African Descent; and
- Facilitate transparent and effective communication and engagement with Toronto’s communities of African descent.
At all times during their membership, all PAC members must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Black Torontonian (African descent or origin, African Black Caribbean, African-Canadian, Canadians of African descent).
- Be over the age of 12 at the time of applying to be a member.
- Reside in Toronto.
The membership of the PAC consists of 12 Torontonians of African descent or origin with diverse lived experience, and includes:
- Four elders (who self-identify) who represent the wisdom of the community to hold the integrity of the Circle’s principles, values and practices;
- Four youth (ages 13 to 29 years old) with diverse lived experiences; and
- Four people who represent key stakeholder groups from African descent or origin communities (key stakeholder groups include health services, social services, arts and culture, business and corporate sector, government).
The Anti-Black Racism Partnership & Accountability Circle is intended to be inclusive and reflect the diversity of Black Torontonians (African descent or origin, African Black Caribbean, African-Canadian, Canadians of African descent).
PAC Membership Terms of Service
All PAC members will:
- Commit to a two-year term. PAC members can leave the PAC at any time, but must notify the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit in writing immediately upon deciding to discontinue their term of membership;
- Participate in a two-day training and orientation retreat and at least one other retreat to be scheduled during the course of their membership;
- Meet once every three months, for a total of four times a year to discuss issues that matter to you, Black Torontonians, and the City of Toronto. Meetings may take place on weekends, but PAC members must be provided with a meetings schedule in advance;
- Interact outside of meetings to discuss ideas and upcoming activities;
- Engage with their communities;
- Have to sign a media waiver authorizing the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit to use any images or video footage taken of you. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian will have to sign this waiver on your behalf.
Benefits of PAC Membership
Members of the PAC are entitled to receive:
- Training and skills development opportunities
- TTC fare, parking, child care and food (for meetings and workshops)
- Honorarium ($100/meeting and $200/full-day activities)
Reasonable efforts will be made to provide attendant care/accommodation to PAC members, upon receipt of reasonably timely receipt of the request(s) from members.
Download the Terms of Reference.