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For the Brown Canada Project.
Brown Canada: Komagata Maru Plays Volunteer Posting
(Part Time – Until end of June)
Start & End Dates : May- end of June 2012
Brown Canada, lead by CASSA, is a community-led history project to encourage South Asian communities to create and document their histories in Canada creatively, through writing, video, interviews, art, theatre or other means. Our collective entry point for this project is through the Komagata Maru incident of 1914, when a ship of South Asian people was denied entry into Canada due to restrictive immigration policy known as the continuous journey regulation. Through this project, we are creating an interactive website, offering educational and creative workshops, producing a short video as well as seeking to tour a short theatre piece to raise awareness of the incident and spark community dialogue within Ontario.
The Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) is currently recruiting a team of volunteers to help out with the final Komagata Maru Play that will be held on June 27.
We are looking for a team of volunteers to be responsible for assisting in media relations, community outreach, stage hands, costume design . These positions will work closely and report to the project coordinator.
CASSA is committed to employment equity & encourages applicants from equity seeking groups.
Brown Canada & CASSA
Position Type: Arts / Crafts, Community Outreach, Event Helpers, Performing
Duration: Short term (Less than 6 months)
Great For: Youth (ages 13-18), Youth (over 18), Groups, 40 hour high school program, Physically Challenged, English as a Second Language, Virtual (can be done remotely), Wheelchair Accessible
African Canadian Heritage Association is a non-profit and community supported organization, which operates a curriculum-based heritage program for families with children from five – 16 years of age. The programs objectives are achieved by including the seven principles of Kwanzaa in all the activities and events. The children are taught about the history of African people in Canada, Africa and the Diaspora. They learn this through the media of creative arts, classroom instruction and other real life applications. The African Canadian Heritage Association started out as the Black Heritage Program in 1969. It was first located in a church basement in the Thorncliffe Park area of East York. The program was formed by concerned African Canadians who thought it was necessary to provide Black children with an avenue to learn Black history.
In 1975, the program moved to Valley Park Middle school in East York and remained there for over 20 years. In 1989, the name of the program was changed to the African Canadian Heritage Association to reflect the African heritage of all Black Canadians regardless of where in the Diaspora, they may have been born.Due to government cutbacks and subsequent financial challenges in 1998, the program ended it relationship with Valley Park and moved to the Harbourfront Community Centre. After four years at Harbourfront….the program moved to our current location at Centennial College – Progress Campus in Scarborough. .Centennial College has opened the college facilities to ACHA and we continue to build on the partnership that we have established.
ACHA is a self-sufficient and self reliant non-profit association. All the program funding comes from registration fees and fundraising activities that are scheduled throughout the program year. The major fundraising activity is an annual walkathon that usually generates about 50% of the funding required for the program. Other fundraising activities include an annual brunch, event raffles, t-shirt sales and at times, donations from program supporters.
Some examples of the innovative programming offered by ACHA include:
Entrepreneurs’ Day (encourages the spirit of entrepreneurship among our youth)
African History Challenge (students in the program are organized into teams to complete for prizes in an annual quiz about African Diasporic history)
Kwanzaa Open House (a community-based tradition in which the seven Kwanzaa principles are highlighted)
An annual fundraising Walkathon for Youth, usually with an historical perspective
Live stage performances to showcase students and community talent
An outdoor family winter ice skating event at Harbourfront
Field trips to community events, the local food bank and other places of interest
An annual hike and farm visit to Milton
Youth programming that features Rites of Passage and a weekend Youth Retreat