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Mississauga’s Black Community Engagement

These consultations have been derived from Council Resolution 207 passed in June 2020 in an effort to address anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism, which have been identified as historic, pervasive, institutional and systemic issues in Mississauga that must be addressed.

As part of Resolution 207, the Mayor established a Black Caucus composed of Black community members who are an advisory body working with the Mayor on issues pertaining to the Black community in addressing racism, discrimination and systemic changes in Mississauga.

The Black Caucus has been instrumental in the development of the consultation plans and will be pivotal to the process.

Sessions

These consultations are designed to empower and encourage Mississauga’s Black communities to gain greater insights and access to the City’s resources as well as its social and political institutions.

The goal will be to develop mutual understanding, trust, and partnership between the City and its Black residents through the following:

Engage the Mississauga Black communities to better understand their lived experiences, challenges and identify opportunities to improve access to:

  • Social, library and recreational services
  • Employment and housing
  • Local, provincial and federal political institutions
  • Positive promotion of Black history and culture

Identify pathways that will lead Mississauga’s Black communities to achieve better outcomes through effective political engagement, as they aim to resolve challenges relating to:

  • Economic development
  • Housing and health care
  • Education and child/youth welfare
  • Policing, justice and law enforcement

Improve the lived experience and wellbeing of members of the Black communities within Mississauga and Peel Region.

Purpose

These consultations are designed to empower and encourage Mississauga’s Black communities to gain greater insights and access to the City’s resources as well as its social and political institutions.

The goal will be to develop mutual understanding, trust, and partnership between the City and its Black residents through the following:

Engagement with Mississauga’s Black communities to better understand their lived experiences, challenges and identify opportunities to improve access to:

  • Social, library and recreational services
  • Employment and housing
  • Local, provincial and federal political institutions
  • Positive promotion of Black history and culture

Identify pathways that will lead Mississauga’s Black communities to achieve better outcomes through effective political engagement, as they aim to resolve challenges relating to:

  • Economic development
  • Housing and health care
  • Education and child/youth welfare
  • Policing, justice and law enforcement

Improve the lived experience and wellbeing of members of the Black communities within Mississauga and Peel Region.

Engagement

  • Each session will be facilitated by a moderator and subject matter experts to guide the community engagement session
  • Each session will focus on one subject
  • The consultations will use data-driven open questions and will also include online surveys
  • There will be an email address dedicated to the community engagements for further correspondence and for the community to share any feedback they wish in addition to the consultations
  • Throughout each session, emphasis will be placed on identifying the correct political agencies that govern the subject being addressed. This will ensure community action plans include effective advocacy strategies.
  • The sessions will be virtually hosted and publicly accessible via Webex

Outcomes

  • The feedback from each consultation session will be generated into a comprehensive report that will be used to develop a set of recommendations for Mississauga’s City Council.
  • The recommendations will also pinpoint strategies for advocacy and recommendations for Peel Region, the Province and the Federal Government.
  • The consultations will be designed to foster stronger ties between Mississauga’s Black residents and the City.