Welcome to AfriCana Village
WELCOME TO AFRICANA VILLAGE....WE HAVE A DREAM TODAY!!
Our VISION is to develop an iconic African-Canadian and African Diaspora Heritage Tourism, Entertainment, Arts and Learning destination on the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Waterfront. AfriCana Village & Museum is a proposed Afri-centric- Caribbean themed destination inspired by the "Freedom Seekers "of the "Underground Railroad" and tales of the "Great City of Timbuktu" and other Great African civilizations such as Kemet ( Egypt), Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Zanzibar, Zimbabwe, Ashanti Empire, Benin.etc. This initiative is also inspired by UNESCO's Slave Route Project and Bermuda-based African Diaspora Heritage Trail Initiative. AfriCana Village is African-Canadian's response to UNESCO's call for intercultural dialogue and acknowledgment of Africa and the African Diaspora contribution to the world's cultural heritage. AfriCana Village will be a global destination and centre of arts and learning excellence that celebrates and showcase indigenous African-Canadian, African Diaspora and Continental African arts, history,culture, music and cuisine. Three cultural strands shaped by different forces but linked together by a common history and ancestry. If you love Africentric art, music, history, culture, cuisine, then AfriCana Village is your DESTINATION!. Our vision is to create a hybrid social purpose- enterprise that leverages Africentric arts, culture and heritage to create a unique cultural tourism destination that speaks to the "Africanness" of ALL of humanity. Funded by public/ private partnership investments, AfriCana Village will represent a significant investment in African-Canadian and Diaspora history, heritage, and culture in Canada and North America. AfriCana Village & Museum will be a unique and dynamic addition to the much touted cultural renaissance taking place in the GTA and Toronto's waterfront. It will add variety and spice to the cultural- heritage tourism offerings and product mix in the GTA, Ontario and Canada. We truly believe variety and diversity is indeed the spice of life and our goal is to tell our collective stories at AfriCana Village with the intent of fostering intercultural dialogue with fellow Canadians, while adding to the cultural enrichment of Canada and the world. From early 1600's enslaved Africans to the "Black Empire Loyalists" of the mid-1700's to "Underground Railroad Freedom Seekers" African-Canadians were some of the first non- aboriginal First Nations settlers and pioneers in Canada. They left their mark from Prince Edward Island to Vancouver Island. In particular you find their mark and legacy in S.W. Ontario, Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Niagara Falls Region, Halifax, Vancouver. Frankly you can find early African- Canadian presence in just about every province and city in Canada, from North Battleford Saskatchewan to Preston Nova Scotia. Although AfriCana Village will be located in the GTA, we envision AfriCana Village as a national expression of our collective African-Canadianess!. We strongly believe that global cultural travelers of all racial and ethnic background are looking for new attractions, something fresh, inspiring, and different when visiting Canada and the GTA. We strongly believe AfriCana Village will represent something NEW and exciting in cultural tourism offerings and will be an excellent place to start for global cultural travelers interested in exploring the great Black-African-Canadian story. From leisure travelers and visitors, to meetings and conventions attendees, we believe AfriCana Village will be a star attraction and a global destination of Africentric excellence in Arts, Culture, Enterntainment & Learning. Beyond its economic and cultural impact AfriCana Village will be a "Gathering Place" for ALL peoples who are drawn to the beat of the universal African drum which therein resides the heart beat of ALL humanity. AfriCana Village will be a world cultural heritage site and tourism destination that provides an authentic and accurate historical representation of African-Canadians and African people's contributions to the cultural and scientic enrichment and learning of Canada and the world's civilizations.
We envision a world class Afri-centric "Underground Railroad" and African-Caribbean-themed tourism destination on the GTA's waterfront featuring a unique 300-room Caribbean/Africentric themed hotel and conference centre as well as The National Museum of African-Canadian History & Culture (NMACHC). Our vision consists of a world class global cultural heritage tourism/entertainment destination that will tell the story of a people who AGAINST ALL ODDS endured the trials and tribulations, the pain and the glory of 400+years of African-Canadian and Diaspora history and their defining physical, cultural and intellectual contributions to Canada, The Americas, and indeed the World. Our proposed Grand Opening date is 2015, to coincide with the Grand Opening of Toronto's 2015 Pan Am Games.
As historically documented below African-Canadians are one of the "Founding Peoples" of Canada, the Province of Ontario and in particular South Western Ontario. We look forward to working with all three levels of the Canadian government to establish the African-Canadian Healing & Development Fund to assist in executing this grand vision. The African-Canadian Healing & Development Fund will be used for the economic and cultural development of African-Canadians and indeed Canada. We are also seeking private investors, philanthropic organizations, ethical and social finance funds who are seeking "Blended Value" and "Social Impact Investments" Return on investment. Yes its possible to generate an excellent ROI while making Canada a better place for ALL Canadians. Yes YOU can make a difference by investing and or contributing to AfriCana Village, a social enterprise that will create jobs targeting African-Canadians, new immigrants and youth, giving them hope for a better tomorrow.
AfriCana Village will tell the story of a people rising from" Slaveships to Championships", a story of formerly enslaved African people's surviving, living, shaping and contributing to the building of Canada's Great White North and indeed western civilization ... we believe its ONE of the greatest story NEVER told!.
We look forward to you,your family and friends visiting AfriCana Village in the future, our goal will be to Entertain, Enlighten, Educate and inspire you while you Explore and Experience the rich and varied Afri-centric cultural heritage of African-Canadians, The African Diaspora and Continental Africa. We invite ALL progressive people of goodwill and good heart to join us in building this Grand Vision that will economically and culturally empower a people, a community, and a country.First black people in Canada:
The history of blacks in Canada prior to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, though extensive, is rarely mentioned in Canadian media, tourism studies, or educational circles. Seemingly African Canadians have been virtually wiped out of official Canadian history. The first recorded black person to set foot on land now known as Canada was a free man named Mathieu de Costa, who travelled with explorer Samuel de Champlain, or arrived in Nova Scotia some time between 1603 and 1608 as a translator for the French explorer Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Monts. The first known black person to live in Canada was a slave from Madagascar named Olivier Le Jeune, who may have been of partial Malay ancestry. As a group, black people arrived in Canada in several waves. The first of these came as free persons serving in the French Army and Navy; some were enslaved. Later, some were indentured servants, as were some white immigrants. (Wikipedia 2008)