Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) presents a Two day Sunshine “Pan-African Carnival, Parade and Dialogue of Metro – Vancouver” that takes place on the weekend of 9/10th July 2016.  The theme: Arise and Unite we People of African Descent for recognition, justice and development.   Pan Afri-Carnival will bring people of African Descent, their friends, and spectators together to celebrate, share and have fun together, marking this important event with the focus on ensuring safe event that does not negatively affect the community but include and celebrate the diversity together with others in the community respecting their different cultures, beliefs and customs.  We would like each one of the participants to be from our communities, building, belonging and being part of the memorable Pan-Africa Carnival of Metro Vancouver 2016.  It’s going to inclusively take all of us doing our part to defeat the hate, discrimination and racism when we arise and stand up for unity in solidarity.

As per the United Nations Declaration:

We shall unite to participate, learn, share and therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, during this Decade for People of African Descent.  As proclaimed by the General Assembly, the theme for the International Decade is “People of African descent: Recognition, Justice and Development.”

Programme of Activities

Programme of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (resolution 68/237) citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.


As proclaimed by the General Assembly, the theme for the International Decade is “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.”  The main objectives of the International Decade are as follows:

The Programme of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, which was endorsed by the General Assembly, is to be implemented at several levels.  At the national level, states should take concrete and practical steps through the adoption and effective implementation of national and international legal frameworks, policies and programmes to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance faced by people of African descent, taking into account the particular situation of women, girls and young males in the following areas:

At the regional and International levels, the international community and international and regional organizations are called, among other things, to raise awareness, disseminate the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, assist states in the full and effective implementation of their commitments under the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, collect statistical data, incorporate human rights into development programmes and honour and preserve historical memory of people of African descent.  There are also a number of steps and measures to be taken by the United Nations General Assembly, including the appointment of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to act as coordinator of the Decade, the establishment of a forum to serve as a consultation mechanism, convening of a final assessment of the Decade, and ensuring the completion of the construction and the inauguration, before the mid-term review in 2020, of a permanent memorial at UN Headquarters to honour the memory of the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.  See the full text of the Programme of Activities (PDF).

 Pan-African Carnival of Metro Vancouver will draw a crowd of participants, spectators and funs- lovers to Parade with African drumming, dancing, bands, traditional fashion show and performing in the streets of Vancouver preceded by an open Dialogue.  It will be the largest Multicultural and Artist event ever performed collectively by the Peoples of African Descent in BC. Canada.  We appreciate any contribution in making it possible to enable our event a success, acknowledging our History, Cultures, Heritages through cultures and Arts to promote Equality, improving Social Justice, Advocating for Sustainable Development and pressing for policies to be improved on Education, Health Care, Social/affordable Housing and Employment to upgrade the living standards of our people.

 This First Annual Event will bring together Artists, Writers, Cultural Dancers/performers, Comic in different attire/regalia, Choruses, and Singers from Central, North, South, East and West Africa, Central, South and North America, (The Americas) and Caribbean. India – The Siddi, Siddhi, Habshi or Makrani the ethnic group inhabiting India and Pakistan the descends from Bantu Peoples from Southeast Africa. Philippines – The Aeta -EYE-TA or Agta indigenous people who live in scatted, isolated mountainous parts of the Island of Luson in Philippines “The Negrito”  Guatemala.   In St. Vincent in 1635, two slave ships wrecked there and the African slaves escaped to freedom.

Mixing with the native Caribs, they gave birth to a new Afro-Caribbean culture- The Carifuna (Gareefoonah) in the centuries since; the Carifuna migrated and founded villages along the Caribbean coast of the Central America.  As well in Belize “The GARIFUNA, commonly referred to as “Garifuna” these people are properly called “Garinagu” their culture and language are “Garifuna” The Garinagu are recent arrivals to Belize, settling the southern coast of Belize in the early 19th century. The epic story of the Garinagu begins in the early 1600’s on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent.,  Brazil:  More than four million slaves were shipped to Brazil from the coast of Africa during the 16th century and onward.   Practice of slavery was abolished in 1888 when abolitionists brought the issue to the forefront. Todays, descendants in Danda – community – a Quilombo fight for their right to land that their ancestors once lived and worked on for generations.  Just to mentions few but of course those from the continent and within America and Canada.

 We must preserve, protect and promote our cultures, our history, and the experiences and finally tell it by ourselves.  Canada is made of immigrants, and as per our mandate:  Unite in community development activities, engage, connect and build strength through understanding, sharing and cross-cultural diversity, making meaningful improvements that respect each other’s traditions, values, beliefs, customs and aspirations; Multiculturalism builds the new national identity of Canada. “Canada is strong because of the many diverse and vibrant cultures that come together to form the base of its identity, it’s why each generation has welcomed newcomers seeking liberty and the promise of a better life.  “We seek to be greater, we do greater things, with more compassionate, more accepting, more open to those who have differently cultures from others and we are strengthened by these” with very rich multicultural history.  Vancouver as a City is a mix of different religions, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, ethnicities and different cultural groups from all over the world  and Canada’s Indigenous communities and indigenous peoples of the world that we the people of African descent respect and value as we share so much in common.   Vancouver is valued as diverse city, diversity being the source of the city’s strength, vitality, and prosperity with the commitment to diversity and inclusiveness that is reflected in the city’s mission statement.

 We are inviting groups and individuals who can perform and showcase in the following:  Art, Poetry, Performers in traditional attire, traditional fashion, Bands, “Drumming through storytelling, African Song and Dance – Traditional/Hip Hop,  Painting, Comic, Illustration, Sculpture and Installation,  Pika-Picha” (Photography), Literature, Sustainable Art,  Digital Creation as well as Reflecting, and we shall sell the wares, carvings, beadwork, needlework, embroidery, traditional and other media is welcome.  The invitation letter will be send to the group/individual/media, the governments departments and ministries through respective countries’ Embassies in Canada.  After registration and payment is made, we shall send invitation letters through the Email.   When registering please forward the Name of the group, Country of origin, how many in a group, their Names, Passport copies and the name of the persons in-charge.

  • Each group will finance their own tickets and accommodations.
  • Participants for the dialogue will pay $100 each at the door lunch and refreshments included.
  • Individual registration $ 50
  • Group registration $250
  • Those to present a paper $500
  • Tables $150 At the Dialogue Hall/field- “Locally and internationally
  • Booths $500 At the Dialogue Hall/At the Ceremony – “Locally and internationally”
  • Register for local Historical tours $ 300 per person, Group of 5 $1,000 “2nd and 3rd day”
  • Special Dinner the first day @ $60- Hosted to engage the participants to network and develop coalitions with others.
  • Participants be in attendance either first, second event or both, on the 2nd and 3rd day Historic tour open to everyone.
  • All are welcome to participate in activities, open dialogue/Forum, Performance, talks and network
  • Dateline for register – 15th May 2016 – 12.00 AM.

Special instructions for international participants, we encourages groups and individual participations by international guests.  If you will be travelling from another country to attend and you will require a VISA to enter Canada, then please read carefully the following information. Due to the VISA application process, it is recommended that you register in advance.  Invitation letters for the purpose of securing a VISA will be sent by Africa Great Lakes Networking Foundation (AGL) under the following conditions:  Registration is completed and paid in full. Credit Card/PayPal, Western Union and Money gram are the only payment methods accepted from international guests.  No cheques will be accepted.  Prove of Hotel reservations or alternative Lodging within Vancouver.  Please note that participants must specifically request a letter of support for a Visa application, by emailing to, before 30th of April 2017.

Cancelation policy

  1. Registration may be transferable at any time.
  2. Registration may be deferred to the following year, up until 30 days prior to the first day of the event.
  3. Cancellation request received up until 30 days prior to the event will be refundable minus $75 cancelation fee. Cancellation requests received less than 30 days will not be refundable. If fees have been paid and a Visa is required to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

If you have paid and subsequently your Visa request is denied, you may transfer your registration to next years’ event as this will be an annual event at no cost. Exceptions will be considered. All cancellation and deferred requests should be submitted to

There is much work that needs to be done in our communities; our goal is to make a major impact and progress when we meet again 2017.

Thank you for the interest to attend the Pan-Afri-Carnival 2016.  We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver.

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