Black-in-BC and COVID-19 - A Documentary

Hi all. 
I trust you are all doing well. As part of our Black in BC and COVID-19 project, we had to produce a documentary that is now ready to watch on Youtube. Please email us your feedback if you feel like so at issambacentre@gmail.com



In concordance with our theme for Black History Month 2023, “Building Bridges” we have thoughtfully curated a series of events that honor the legacies of many black Canadians who have contributed to shaping Canada’s diversity and building cross-cultural connections.  

We invite all Canadians to learn more about these heroes, and how they continue to help shape the story of Canada. 


January 28, 2023,

Design Thinking 


Supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada (inc.), we are engaging Persons of African Descent in BC to understand the impact of the current pandemic response on the community and to develop an advisory crisis management plan that can be adopted during future widespread emergencies. It is our hope that as we utilize the iterative stages of design thinking, we develop innovative solutions that address future crises in ways that build a stronger, more resilient, and connected community.   


Black History Month Launch 

7 pm - 11:30 pm

Sit down to hot and spicy african food at our invite-only dinner to mark the start of Black History Month followed by a dance party To request invitations: https://forms.gle/2HaiC4XDkEsG8TnY6 

(Pablo Cardenas confirmed)

February 1, 2023,

Black Author Boxes

A mobile library featuring authors of African descent traveling through local elementary schools in Victoria. Interested elementary schools/educators: https://forms.gle/7yLZ1zDRZM2eT33P6 

February 11, 2023,

753 View Street

Victoria, BC, V8W 1J9

Black-in-BC Symposium

A progress report on the Black-in-BC Action Plan Report forwarded to the Government of BC at the end of the Black-in-BC convener project in February 2022  


February 17 - 19, 2023

ISSAMBA Showcase

7:30 pm (Show starts at 8pm)

Internationally acclaimed artist, Mamadou Diabate with Percussion Mania and Montreal-based artist Naxx Bitota will take us on the musical experience of a lifetime – ISSAMBA showcase: a Journey through the depths of African-rooted Rhythms in Victoria, Nanaimo, and Vancouver.

Feb 17th - Concert Victoria

Early Bird Ticket for only $25 Get yours here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/478341380947

February 18th - Concert Nanaimo  https://www.porttheatre.com/events/issamba-showcase/

February 19th - Concert Vancouver  

Early Bird Ticket for only $25 Get yours here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/478341380947

February 20, 2023

Family Day Camp with Mamadou 

1:00 pm 

From beginner level to advanced, Mamadou teaches African percussion while immersing families in the sights, sounds, and tastes of African Culture.


Celebrate Black History Month by volunteering with us: https://forms.gle/zMNK2mbtib2cc42g6



African Food Pop Up Eatery

 Mama Put - La Calebasse du Nomade

Let's take you on a culinary journey across West Africa with mouth-watering, soul-healing foods from the motherland in our curated African food hub: Mama Put - La Calebasse du Nomade. 

Join us at Victoria Public Market at The Hudson on September 25, 2022, from 11 am - 6 pm for Victoria’s first ever curated African food eatery featuring various certified culinary vendors from different parts of West Africa. Try out flavourful delicacies from our feature countries - Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon and weigh in on the age-old feud, #jollofwars,  by casting your vote to decide which country makes the best jollof rice - Ghana or Nigeria (Hint: It's Nigeria!). Drop in or pre-order (https://forms.gle/DiWFhEnva69X4MvC8) to secure a plate.

 We have spice levels from mild to burn it all down for those culinary firemen who can handle the heat! Afro beats and authentic West African meals - We can’t think of a better combo! 

More details at https://www.issambacentre.ca/events


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