Peel CAS & BCAN: #PullingTogether


On behalf of the Black Community Action Network and Peel Children’s Aid Society, we would like to invite you to join us in celebrating our unique collaboration on bringing the #PullingTogether Initiative to fruition, as we launch the Akoma Wraparound Service Model - first of its kind in the GTA!

This wraparound service model for Black children and families in the child welfare system would not be possible without you!

Join us Thursday, February 6th, 2020! We are indeed stronger together!

Thursday, February 6th, 2020 

The Gospel Café, 

5120 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 4K2

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM



#PullingTogether: BCAN/Peel CAS Purpose & Strength Forum


Happy New Year Community Leader!

The BCAN/Peel CAS #PullingTogether Collaborative once again expresses our appreciation to you for attending the Purpose and Strength Partnership Forums in November of 2018. We can still feel your energy, your commitment and your proactive vision for supporting African Canadian families as we worked and learned together during the Forums.

As promised we are doing it again! We are therefore so pleased to remind you of Part 3 of the BCAN/Peel CAS Purpose & Strength Forum(s).

Join us as we follow through with the ‘community report back‘ YOU indicated as being the next step in our collective goal to create a Wraparound protocol that will highlight how we can collaborate and partner together to better serve African Canadian youth and their families in Peel!


Saturday, January 26th, 2019 

The Gospel Café, 

5120 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 4K2

12 PM – 4:30 PM


We truly appreciate your continued support. Looking forward to seeing you on January 26th!

Peel CAS & BCAN: #PullingTogether


Peel CAS and BCAN have formed an alliance to lead the development of an anti-racism, community capacity-building and systems change initiative with African-Canadian families, the organizations that serve them, and community leaders. The goal of this partnership is to build regional capacity in Peel so that African-Canadian families receive relevant, meaningful and appropriate services and supports, while promoting greater systemic equity. This partnership and project will launch on January 25, 2018.

This partnership came about formally out of a BCAN position paper that examined the impacts of systemic racism on African-Canadian families involved with the child welfare system. Racial disproportionalities in child welfare are caused by a variety of complex factors that lie beyond the child welfare system and include various mainstream organizations, policies and practices that are deeply rooted in Canadian history, culture, politics and the economy. Based upon research and community conversations, BCAN identified nine key causal factors that contribute to racial disproportionalities: Anti-black racism, racialized poverty, family structure, immigration stress, biased decision making, agency-system factors, placement dynamics, policy impacts and lack of culturally relevant services. The goal of this partnership is to build regional capacity in Peel so that African-Canadian families receive relevant, meaningful and appropriate services and supports, while promoting greater systemic equity.

Mississauga News


Peel CAS and BCAN Partner Together to Help Youth

Peel CAS and BCAN Peel sign memorandum of understanding with the shared goal that African-Canadian families receive relevant, meaningful, culturally safe and appropriate services and supports. From left: Peel CAS CEO Rav Bains, Peel CAS board president Juliet Jackson, BCAN Community Development Manager Sophia Brown Ramsay and BCAN board member Dr. Julian Hasford.

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2017 J.S.Woodsworth Award Nomination

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BCAN was honoured with the 2017 J.S. Woodsworth Award. Hosted by Andrea Horwath and the Ontario New Democrats for the celebration of human rights and equity, in recognition of the International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination. The 17th annual award recognized Ontarians working towards the elimination of racial discrimination by promoting human rights and equity.

BCAN Collaborative Brunch



In December 2015, the Black Community Action Network of Peel launched its position paper – Pathways and Prevention of Africa-Canadian Disproportionalities and Disparities in the Child Welfare System. Within this paper we offered ten recommendations to develop a ‘framework of rigorous monitoring and accountability’ to address the ongoing issues affecting the African-Canadian community; especially our youth.

In continuing the ongoing conversation on transforming our systems while strengthening our community and our youth, BCAN put together a collaborative lunch where we were able to discuss how far we’ve come within the year since the launch of our position paper, while also looking at the ‘next steps’ that we will take together!

This conversation was enriched by a number of our community organizations and included appearances from the following: Kike Ojo- One Vision One Voice, Sharon Douglas – FACES Report, Chief Jennifer Evan – PRP, Rav Bains- CAS-Peel, Peel District School Board – We Rise Together Report, Chair Amrik Ahluwalia- PPSB, Dr. Julian Hasford-BCANPeel enriched by an number of our community organizations.

F.A.C.E.S. Report

The F.A.C.E.S. report – Facilitating Access, Change and Equity in Systems – examines the social well-being of Black youth in Peel Region and the supports needed to ensure the opportunity to thrive. The research presented is a compilation of demographic and socio-economic data as well as key interviews with service providers and Black youth themselves.

Summary – Research findings from 4 reports


  • This report is about the social well-being of Black youth in Peel Region and the supports they need in order to improve their quality of life and achieve their aspirations. It was commissioned in 2014 by F.A.C.E.S. of Peel (Facilitating Access, Change and Equity in Systems) - a collective made up of organizations and individuals who strive to improve the state of equity and inclusion in Peel’s human services sector, with a major emphasis on racialized and marginalized groups, especially Black youth. The information in the report – mostly qualitative and perception data - was collected from consultations with Black youth, adult Black residents, service providers and key informants in Peel Region (a total of 103 respondents). The findings and recommendations are based on the acknowledgment of systemic anti-Black racism in Canada and are focused on issues of equity and inclusion in the Peel community, with emphasis on the educational system, employment and poverty, the Police and community-based services in Peel Region. The main audiences for this report and its recommendations are service providers, funders of public and social services, Black youth, and community leaders in the Black community.

    Report - Fighting an uphill battle

  • As of 2011, there were 116,265 Black people living in Peel Region (a growth of 21.8% since 2006). This report provides an overview of selected demographic and socio-economic characteristics of the Black population in Peel. The information provided may be useful for determining priorities for social services and community development for the Black community in Peel Region as a whole and within specific Peel municipalities.

    Report - A Socio-Economic Profile of the Black Population in Peel, 2006 & 2011

  • Many studies on how to improve the quality of life of citizens recommend focusing public policy and social programs on where people actually live: local neighbourhoods. This paper provides a preliminary comparative analysis of the socio-economic status of the Black population across neighbourhoods in Peel Region. Thirty-one (31) neighbourhoods in Peel are included in this study. The focus of analysis is on three areas of socio-economic status: education, employment, and income. A total of twelve (12) social indicators related to these three areas of socio-economic status are chosen for analysis.

    The taxonomic method is used to measure and analyze variations among the neighbourhoods with respect to the socio-economic status of Blacks in Peel. The findings of this research reveal many differences among Blacks in Peel both within and among neighbourhoods, with the neighbourhood of Urban Caledon (L7C) having the highest percentage of Blacks of high socio-economic status, and that of East Brampton (L6T) having the highest percentage of Blacks of low socio-economic status. The findings of this study can be used to inform the development of public policy and the provision of services for the Black community.
  • Number of Black-focused Organizations in Peel Region

    • Fourteen (14) Black-focused organizations in Peel Region.
    • Three (3) mainstream agencies offering specific services for the Black community (for Black seniors).
    • Four (4) agencies in Toronto serving the Black population in Peel. (mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, youth in the criminal justice system)

    Report - An Inventory of Agencies that Serve the Black Community and Youth in Peel Region

Toronto Star articles

2016 BCAN Honours

On Friday, November 13, 2016 the Black Community Action Network (BCAN) honoured some of our community’s Trailblazers, and celebrated the contributions of leaders who inspire us in the area of SERVICE, LEADERSHIP, COMMUNITY and EXCELLENCE! In the wake of the historic election south of the border and the ensuing uncertainty and civil unrest, this event brought some much needed inspiration and conversation to Peel Region!


Kike Ojo – Project Manager, Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies (One Vision One Voice); Amrik Ahluwalia – Chair, Peel Regional Police Services Board; Sharon Douglas – Director of Community Investment, United Way of Peel Region; Ingrid Berkley Brown – Superintendent, Peel Regional Police; Nicholas Davis – Manager, CBC Radio; African Canadian Legal Clinic; Christien Levien – Founder, Legalswipe; Sean Liburd – Owner, Knowledge Bookstore; Wambui Karanja – Executive Director, African Community Services; Rick Williams – Trustee, Peel District School Board; Orlando Bowen – Executive Director, One Voice One Team; Adaoma Patterson – President, Jamaican Canadian Association; Anthony Morgan – Lawyer, Falconers LLP; Sharon Telfer – Owner, Potluck Restaurants & Caterers.


The evening’s presenters included a range of esteemed guests, including Shelly White – President/CEO, United Way of Peel Region; Jagmeet Singh – MPP, Bramalea/Gore/Malton; Jennifer Evans – Chief, Peel Regional Police; Norma Nicholson – Vice-Chair, Peel Regional Police Services Board. Toronto’s Carlos Morgan and Greg Jackman did a fantastic job of entertaining and inspiring throughout the evening.

The 2016 BCAN Honours was hosted Craig Wellington – Director, AMCTO (The Municipal Experts) and Dr. Vidoll Regisford was one of our inspirational speakers for the evening.


Racial Profiling