City's International Decade for People of African Descent Advisory Committee Members Announced

Today, to mark the United Nations’ first International Day for People of African Descent, the City of Victoria is announcing the nine Council-appointed members to its new advisory committee, which will support the City’s commitment to the International Decade for People of African Descent (IDPAD) 2015-2024.

The UN’s first International Day for People of African Descent aims to promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.

The City’s IDPAD Advisory Committee will engage the community to develop a three-year action plan to implement the United Nations’ proclamation of promoting respect, protection and fulfillment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, as recognized in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

IDPAD Advisory Committee members represent a range of ages and lived experience and/or expertise in issues of Black communities and include:

  • Olubunmi Bolaji-Owonifari
  • William Goldiet
  • Barbara Hudlin
  • Hissein Idriss
  • Natalie Justin
  • Dr. Cristian O. Kumi
  • Dominique Makay
  • Aziza Moqia Sealey-Qaylow
  • Ariel Reyes Antuan

Advisory Committee members will meet for the first time in September and will serve a three-year term to the end of 2024.

The three-year action plan will identify actions for the City to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Black Victorians, promote equitable outcomes on issues relating to racial profiling and eliminating institutionalized stereotypes of people of African descent, and support housing, employment and entrepreneurship initiatives.

In addition, the advisory committee will identify best practices for raising awareness in the community about the heritage and culture of people of African descent, advise Council on emerging issues and trends of significance to Black communities, and look at how to ensure the interests and needs of Black communities are reflected in City programs and services.  

The International Decade for People of African Descent initiative aligns with the City’s current work to develop a Welcoming City Strategy and an Equity Framework. In July 2020, the City of Victoria joined the Government of Canada and several other Canadian cities in acknowledging and recognizing the International Decade for People of African Descent.

Quotes:

Mayor Lisa Helps:
“I would like to thank all those who applied to be part of our International Decade for People of African Descent Advisory Committee and to congratulate those appointed. Your contributions will help address Anti-Black racism and help make Victoria a more inclusive and welcoming city.”

Councillor Sharmarke Dubow:
“I am pleased we are able to announce the IDPAD Advisory Committee members today, timed with the United Nations’ first International Day for People of African Descent. This is one of the first intergenerational committees of its kind in British Columbia and each member brings not only their lived experience but their wisdom, passion, expertise and skills for the betterment of our community."

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