We, the Afrikan people from all corners of the globe, come together in unity and strength. Guided by…
Afrikan-Centred Rites of Passage
Building Community Through
Research, Training, and Activism
Exhorts all Afrikans and justice-loving peoples to help break down persistent policy, financial, physical, organizational, attitudinal, and other systemic and structural barriers to promote
Given the deep crisis currently faced by the Afrikan community in many critical areas (health, income/employment status, education, criminal justice, social service, children and youth in care)
Grounded in the knowledge, assurance, and certainty of the strength, skills, assets, resilience, tenacity, self-reliance, and historic achievements of Afrikan people
A spiritually enriched life is often more fulfilling and purposeful than one that is not
Empowered by the diversity, richness, and limitless possibilities of Afrikans
Supported and energized by our Divine Creator, our Glorious Ancestors and our loving, sacred Mother Earth
- Provide innovative, culturally safe, and data-informed training, mentoring, and coaching opportunities to address priorities in the areas of African-centred community leadership, professional development and workplace dynamics, mental health, education, health, food security, child welfare, economic development, and other related areas of need.
- Support and advance community issues and priorities through advocacy, collaboration, joint planning, and collective work.
- Provide active leadership in supporting the development and engagement of a robust community-based African-Canadian research agenda.
- Initiate, develop, and lead African-centred Life Cycle (Rites of Passage) processes and activities for members of the African Canadian community.
Tiko Ba Si Igi Le Hin Ogba Ogba Ma Nwo
Over the past 18 years, Tabono Institute has
- Organized and delivered 5 Rites of Passage Cohorts as well as provided expertise and advice to many similar initiatives in Toronto
- Engaged in Income Inequality research and collective action for African Canadian communities
- Organized community deputations on a variety of issues to municipal and Provincial governments-e.g. Amendments to the Child Welfare Act, Policing, building an agenda to address anti-Black racism in the City of Toronto
- Coordinated and organized a broad-based community initiative to challenge and address anti-Black racism in a major community-based research project
- Provided intensive mental health and resilience training and support to African Canadian inmates (male and female) in 4 Federal Correctional facilities over 3 years
An Action Framework in which we declare:
Our right to social, economic, and political justice as residents of Canada.
Our commitment to supporting plans, activities, and initiatives in the public sphere that recognize and meaningfully address racism/racialization, heterosexism, gender inequality, economic disparity and income inequality, youth alienation and oppression, and all other forms of exclusion and oppression as fundamental social determinants impacting on the health and well-being of the Afrikan community.
We recognize the intersecting identities and compounding impact of various forms of marginalization on Afrikan people, including race, national or ethnic origin, class, spirituality or faith, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical dis/ability (visible and invisible), immigration, family status, language capacity, region and identities arising from these, on Afrikan individuals’ and communities’ state of well being.
This Action Framework further declares that long-term, integrated, social changes are required in our society to challenge and address the serious and persistent levels of income disparities, the inequitable distribution of wealth, as well as structural and systemic barriers in health, education, criminal justice and children and youth welfare.
Years of Collective Experience
“If fence does not have props it will collapse”
Supporting Afrikan Youth