The application process is now open to become a part of the Anti-Black Racism Partnership & Accountability Circle. The deadline is July 27. Details on how to apply are below.

 

The City of Toronto is seeking 12 Black Torontonians (African descent or origin, African Black Caribbean, African-Canadian, Canadians of African descent) who would like to join the Anti-Black Racism Partnership & Accountability Circle (PAC) to guide and support the full implementation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. The Partnership and Accountability Circle will be supported by the City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit.

Online

Complete the online application form.

Fax Your Application Form

Attn: Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit
416-392-4976

Download the application form or contact the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit for a copy:  CABR@toronto.ca or 416-392-6487.

  • Applications will only be accepted via the online application or via fax, in person or by mail.
  • Only one application should be submitted per person. If there is someone you think would be a good fit for the PAC, encourage them to apply; you are not able to submit an application on their behalf.
  • If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian will need to provide permission to allow you to participate, and sign a consent for authorizing the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit to use any images or video footage taken of you.
  • It will take approximately 45 minutes to one hour to complete the application depending on the amount of experience you have or wish to include.
  • All personal information provided on the application will only be used for selecting members for the PAC.
  • If you submit your application online, a “thank you” message will be displayed, therefore confirming that your application has been received. No confirmation will be provided for fax submissions.

Eligibility

  • Black Torontonians (African descent or origin, African Black Caribbean, African-Canadian, Canadians of African descent).
  • You must be over the age of 12 at the time that you apply.
  • You must reside in Toronto.

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on July 27, 2018, and will not be accepted after that time.

Extensions will not be granted under any circumstances.

Selection Process

Once the application period is closed, City of Toronto Staff from the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit will review and evaluate the applications received and contact only those selected.

Selected members will be contacted by email in early August 2018. Final decisions on membership will be made by City of Toronto staff from the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit.

Candidates who are selected to become members of the PAC will be asked to write a brief biography that will be posted online. This biography should be written by the members themselves and only contain information that the members want to include.

Composition

The membership of the PAC will consist of 12 Torontonians of African descent or origin with diverse lived experience which 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).

You can only apply to represent one of the groups (elder, youth or representing key stakeholder groups).

 

Anti-Black Racism Partnership & Accountability Circle will partner with the City on municipal efforts to help the City of Toronto better serve Torontonians of African descent. The Circle will:

  1. Provide guidance and advice to City staff in the planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism;
  2. Contribute insight, analysis, information, and strategy to City service and policy planning that impacts outcomes for Torontonians of African Descent;
  3. Advise on areas where the City should be taking a lead, facilitating or convening to effectively advance positive outcomes for Torontonians of African Descent;
  4. Support partnership development with Black communities, leaders, organizations and institutions to advance positive outcomes for Torontonians of African Descent; and,
  5. Facilitate transparent and effective communication and engagement with Toronto’s communities of African descent.

As a PAC member, you will:

  • Commit to a two-year term beginning September 2018. You can leave the PAC at any time, but please notify the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit.
  • Participate in a two-day training and orientation retreat (September 15 and 16) and another retreat to be scheduled in March 2019
  • 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 will 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.

As a PAC member you will receive:

  • Training and skills development opportunities
  • Recognition
  • TTC fare, parking, child care and food (for meetings and workshops)
  • Honorarium ($100/meeting and $200/full-day activities

Attendant care/accommodation will be available upon request for members with special needs

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). Membership of the Partnership & Accountability Circle will consist of 12 Torontonians of African descent or origin with diverse lived experience, education, profession expertise, and historical knowledge of anti-Black racism in Toronto and include the following:

  • 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).

Once the application process closes, you can still get in touch with the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit by email.

To stay connected and up-to-date on the PAC and other Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit activities, visit toronto.ca/abr to sign up for email updates.