CCACH Vision & Mission
The Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH) exists to undertake and support activities to enhance the social, economic and educational life of the African and Caribbean heritage communities.
Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH) has been in existence since January 1985 and was previously known as the Council of Black Organizations (CBO).
The organization was formed when African Canadians (Black Edmontonians) of Edmonton, AB, decided that there was a need for a united voice in the community to speak on their behalf. At that time, 25 organizations, mainly Caribbean societies, came together and the CBO was born to address issues of common concern.
In January 1996, the name of the organization was changed to Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH). This change reflected CCACH’s preference to organize and identify as nationalities and not as racial groupings.
For more than 30 years, CCACH’s membership base consists of affiliate organizations and individuals contributing volunteer time, talent and financial resources to keep the organization vibrant. CCACH aims to support and collaborate with other African and Caribbean heritage communities that share similar values. CCACH also provides services to members of our community regardless of age, sex, gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin;
Over the last 10 years, CCACH has focused its efforts on undertaking and supporting activities that enhance the social, economic and educational life of the African and Caribbean heritage communities within Canada. CCACH promotes an understanding of the benefits of cultural diversity as an integral component of Canadian life, and increase awareness of our participation in and contribution to society.
The CCACH logo depicts a well grounded, rooted tree of learning that branches off into many directions, much like our students. The three circles in the background showcase the unity of the “Afro” diaspora in the Caribbean, Africa and Canada. The colours of the CCACH logo capture pan-African colours showcased on many flags.
The AfroQuiz logo depicts the quizzical nature of the annual CCACH event. Since answers are given in the form of a question, the question mark encapsulates the playful eyes through which our youth view the world. The trivia quiz show reflects the “Afro” diaspora contributing to the world. The colours of the AfroQuiz logo capture pan-African colours showcased on many flags.
CCACH presents Dr. George Elliott Clarke
The Living History Group and CCACH present Dr. George Elliott Clarke, poet and scholar from the University of Toronto.
CCACH hosts book launch event
The launch is with Fernwood Publishers for Joseph Mensah’s book “Black Canadians”.
CCACH Saturday Tutoring Program begins
Local university students begin tutoring young students for free.
CCACH welcomes Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to the University of Alberta
The visit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
CCACH and The Living History Group host their first public event
CCACH hosts the Honourable Stanley Grizzle to discuss his book, “My name Ain’t George”, based on his life experiences as a sleeping car porter, trade union activist and social justice activist. The meeting includes sleeping car porters from Edmonton who talk about their experience working on the railways.
CBO changes organization name
CBO changes name to Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH)