Saturday 14 December 2019
Some fifty people from the national capital were at the Impact Hub on Slater Street to participate in the launching of the Ottawa Hub of the Federation of Black Canadians. The event was presided over by national Interim Board of Directors’ Chair Dahabo Ahmed Omer. Also present were two Interim Board members: Edmonton-based Robert Tyndale, and Toronto-based Adejisola Atiba. In her welcome address she recounted the activities and achievements of the Federation since its inception three years ago. Canadian Labour Congress Executive Vice President Larry Rousseau described the various ways his labour union had supported the Federation in making the transition to a fully fledged national organisation representing the increasing numbers of Canadians of African descent, now some 22 per cent of the country’s population. Among those in attendance were June Girvan, President, Black History Ottawa; Abdi Karod, Executive Director, Somali Centre for Family Services, and Richard Sharpe, of 613/819 Black Ottawa Hub.