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We are facing a fundamental problem, one that requires a collective response. Our communities across Canada need a collective effort to combat and dismantle hate groups and racism. ANCHOR is building a lasting infrastructure to create public spaces for the Black community to share and celebrate our rich history, ancestry, culture and legacy. We are using our voice, resources and networks to work with government, industry, media and organizations to raise the issues pertinent to the dismantling of racism.
The name ANCHOR (African-Candian National Coalition Against Hate Oppression and Racism) was selected to represent the new name of the Vaughan African Canadian Association (VACA). In 2020, during the racial pandemic that swept across the globe, we found out the city of Vaughan was named after “Benjamin Vaughan”, who owned slaves in Jamaica and fought against emancipation, refusing to emancipate his slaves.
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ANCHOR effectively responds to injustice against African-Canadians and racialized communities. As a local organization turned into a national force, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more just society for the Black community. Since 2003, we have advocated on behalf of students, families, children in foster care, Black business owners, our elders and seniors. We offer charitable tax receipts for donations through our Foundation, the Black Youth Foundation.