About the observatory

About the observatory

Our Vision

A lever to address inequalities that are specific to Black communities

To become a recognized actor of social and systemic transformation through the creation of communities for practice and production of knowledge.

MISSION OF THE OBSERVATORY

To document and understand the realities of Black communities, especially youth, from a socio-economic development perspective.

STRATEGIC ORIENTATIONS

Research

To document, analyze and better understand the socio-economic realities of youth in Black communities. The work will focus on the multiple impacts of anti-black racism in Quebec, the socio-economic development and community practices of black communities.

Education

To support organizations and stakeholders working with youth by providing them with resources to improve and standardize their practices.

Mobilization

Foster collaboration and the sharing of competencies and knowledge among researchers, practitioners and youth, for instance.

Communication and Outreach

To promote the accessibility of the knowledge of Afro-Quebecers and its appropriation by the Quebec population.

Experimentation

Support an innovative approach to research and socioeconomic development for youth in Black communities.

Black Communities Observatory

Beginning
1st Summit

Adoption of the common declaration in which we express the need to document, share and monitor our issues.

2nd Summit

January 26, 2019, the 2nd Summit agrees to work on the establishment of an observatory on Black community issues and concerns.

3rd Summit

January 25, 2020, the conceptualization team presents its work at the 3rd Annual Summit.

Today

We are proud to announce the creation of the observatory with a budget of $6M for the next 5 years.

Currently

Approaches

A scientific and ethical committee will be set up to accompany the Observatory’s research team and ensure the scientific and ethical quality of the work carried out. The scientific committee will also propose recommendations for the development and improvement of the Observatory’s programs

The creation of the Black Observatory of Quebec marks an important milestone in the fight against anti-black racism. Quebec is home to nearly 320,000 Afro-descendants, or one in 25 Quebecers. To build a stronger, fairer and more equitable Quebec, we must do everything possible to ensure that these Quebecers have access to the same opportunities and develop their full potential. This project, conceived with our organizations and the members of our communities, would not be possible without the substantial contribution and collaboration of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation.
Édouard Staco
SdesJ President
The Black Communities Observatory of Quebec aims at sustainable social transformation. The data that exists confirms the need to specifically address the inequalities that affect Black communities. I am convinced that the research we will conduct will allow us to make an accurate diagnosis of the situation of Black youth in Quebec and to propose concrete solutions adapted to their reality based on their knowledge.
Désirée Rochat (Ph.D)
Program Director of the Black Communities Observatory of Quebec
We have been accompanying this Summit project since its ideation phase two years ago. Black populations face several major issues that are important to document in order to act efficiently. We are proud to support this project. It will allow us to create a dialogue within society, to act together for the socio-economic inclusion of youth and to make Quebec a more equitable and inclusive society that takes into account the needs and realities of all communities.
Jean-Marc Chouinard
President of the André and Lucie Chignon Foundation

The Observatory benefits from the financial support of the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, which contributes to the prevention of poverty by focusing on academic excellence.