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Mississauga’s Black Community Engagement

From May to June 2021, the City of Mississauga, led by Mayor Bonnie Crombie, will conduct a series of six consultation sessions with Black communities to generate greater insights into their lived experiences, challenges and opportunities to create a more inclusive and accessible City and Region.

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

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Register

WebEx terms and conditions

Personal information is being collected under the authority of s.11 of the Municipal Act 2001 and the City Council Resolution 207. The information will be used for event registration and confirmation, to invite participants to future community Webex consultations on racism and discrimination, and to share our final report, and for no other reasons. By registering, you hereby consent to providing the above information for these purposes. If you do not wish to receive future emails, please let us know and we will remove you from the list.

The event will only be viewed and accessible to those registered. Upon registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with a Webex link. Your name may appear and shown to other participants on Webex during the event. No further information will be requested from participants at that time and the event is not being recorded by the City. However, we cannot control, and accept no responsibility for, unknown, unauthorized recordings by other parties.

The first three digits of your postal code are collected to evaluate participation across the City.

Questions about this collection should be directed to Senior Stakeholder Relation Advisor, BCE@mississauga.ca and 905-615-3200 ext. 5065.

About this session

Accessing Political Power in Canada specifically aims to empower Black communities by inviting them to learn more about Canada’s political structures and how to best utilize those structures to enrich their lives in Mississauga.  To do so, the session will first acknowledge the historical challenges Black communities have had accessing political spaces. Then, the session will host a presentation given by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who will discuss the powers of each level of government and explain what each level of government oversees and how best to access them.

SME presentation segment will include Mississauga’s Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Peel Regional Chair, Nando Iannicca, MPP Michael Coteau and MP Greg Fergus who will all discuss the powers and limitations of each level of government.

Following the SMEs presentation, community members will have the opportunity to respond to and interact with the SMEs to gain further clarification on Canada’s political structures.  This clarity will then inform the community’s participation in the following breakout sessions:

  1. How can the Black community use political engagement as an economic tool?
  2. How can faith-based leaders elevate Black political power?
  3. How can Black youths find empowerment through political engagement?

6 to 8:30 p.m.

Register

WebEx terms and conditions

Personal information is being collected under the authority of s.11 of the Municipal Act 2001 and the City Council Resolution 207. The information will be used for event registration and confirmation, to invite participants to future community Webex consultations on racism and discrimination, and to share our final report, and for no other reasons. By registering, you hereby consent to providing the above information for these purposes. If you do not wish to receive future emails, please let us know and we will remove you from the list.

The event will only be viewed and accessible to those registered. Upon registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with a Webex link. Your name may appear and shown to other participants on Webex during the event. No further information will be requested from participants at that time and the event is not being recorded by the City. However, we cannot control, and accept no responsibility for, unknown, unauthorized recordings by other parties.

The first three digits of your postal code are collected to evaluate participation across the City.

Questions about this collection should be directed to Senior Stakeholder Relation Advisor, BCE@mississauga.ca and 905-615-3200 ext. 5065.

 

Accessing Mississauga’s Resources specifically aims to empower Black communities by both inviting them to learn more about how to access the resources of the City of Mississauga as well as provide feedback to the City on how it might deliver those services to better serve Black communities and their needs. Furthermore, this session will explore ways to better promote Black culture and history. The session will first acknowledge the historical challenges Black communities have had accessing resources in the City of Mississauga. Then, the session will host a presentation given by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who will discuss the vast number of resources the City of Mississauga’s offers.

Following the SMEs presentation, community members will have the opportunity to respond to and interact with the SMEs to gain further clarification on the vast resources of the City of Mississauga.  This clarity will then inform the community’s participation in the following breakout sessions. Each session will focus one two themes: Resources for senior and those with accessibility needs, as well as Resources for families and youth.

The three breakout sessions will be:

  1. How can we make programs be more accessible or supportive of Mississauga’s Black Families and youth?
  2. How can we make programs be more accessible or supportive of Mississauga’s Black Seniors and those with accessibility needs?
  3. How can the City of Mississauga better promote Black culture and history?

6 to 8:30 p.m.

More details about this session will be available soon.

6 to 8:30 p.m.

This session will focus on:

  • Improved access to housing and health care

More details about this session will be available soon.

6 to 8:30 p.m.

This session will focus on:

  • Education, child/youth welfare
  • Senior services

More details about this session will be available soon.

6 to 8:30 p.m.

This session will focus on:

  • Exploring the status of employment, small business and entrepreneurship within the Black community of Mississauga
  • Emphasis on how COVID-19 has impacted local Black business owners

More details about this session will be available soon.

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.

Contact us

For more information about these consultations, please email Mississauga Black Community Engagement at BCE@mississauga.ca.

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