To the Participant,
My name is Kombii Nanjalah, I spoke to you early this week and you asked me to send you an email, I’m writing you this email looking for support or partnership to help create the awareness of unity among the people of African Descent in Metro Vancouver, we are organizing a Pan-African Parade/Carnival and a Dialogue of Metro Vancouver, for 9th and 10th July. We would like to protect, support and promote the declaration made by the United Nations on the People of African Descent on Recognition, Justice and Development. Looking at Africa many questions come to mind, many times we ask ourselves what would happen if Ladipo Solanke, Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba, were to rise up and see what is happening, Many time we ask ourselves, what would happen if W.E.B Du Bois, Martin Luther King Junior and others were to rise up and see what is happened, because what they would be confronted with is an Africa at is war, war going on everywhere, where the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea are un-settle , as we sit here to write this document now Central African Republic, Niger, Senegal, Egypt, Somalia, South Sudan the Nuer have arisen against the Dinka in our youngest Nation that has descended into bloody civil war fighting between its two main tribal groups threatening to tear South Sudan apart, with very little on the front pages of our news papers and the media as we don’t control them and we talk about all of them mutedly. Africa is suffering and at war with herself. The Africa which statistically and romantic economy say is growing but in truth is stagnated. We are confronted with the Africa that don’t tell her own story, we have the Africa whose story is told by Europe and America, the CNN, Global Radio Dutchville, CBC, Radio France. This is the time we people of African Descent should and must start to think and make the contributions. The questions are come: Are we thinking, are we ready to a Rise, Unite and Shine with special emphasis on our roots, culture, heritage, traditions and customs
The Ant and the Grasshopper – titled The Grasshopper and the Ant (or Ants) – The fable describes how a hungry grasshopper begs for food from an ant when winter comes and is refused. The situation sums up moral lessons about the virtues of hard work and planning for the future. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ant_and_the_Grasshopper. Honey bees are social insects, which mean that they live together in large, well-organized family groups. These fascinating behaviors make social insects in general, and honey bees in particular, among the most fascinating creatures on earth. https://agdev.anr.udel.edu/maarec/honey-bee-biology/the-colony-and-its-organization/
United family in one-ness
We seek to share, generate knowledge, promote and encourage diversity on the emerging artistic practices, within Canada and with artistic communities of the people of African Descent globally.
Engage, Empress, Celebrate and Appreciate our cultural Uniqueness. Working collaboratively with groups of people with special interest or similar situations by addressing issues affecting our well-being
To organize in accordance with our Mission, Vision, Values and mandate. People of African Descent: Africa – There is no continent blessed with striking beauty and diversity than the African Motherland. It was this physical and genetic diversity that allowed Africans to parent the rest of humanity. Indigenous Africa is a testimony to the full spectrum, of skin, tones, and hair textures, rich religious and cultural practices. However, all this diversity has political destiny which merges into one African family, the people of African descent. To promote the declaration made by the United Nations on the People of African Descent on Recognition, Justice and Development.
- Recognition – This will be a new movement towards the elimination of racial discrimination, supporting the Challenges and achievements from the Durban Declaration. It is also a unique opportunity to build on the International Year for People of African Descent, which was observed by the international community in 2011, and to further underline the important contribution made by people of African descent to our societies and to propose concrete measures to promote their full inclusion and to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The promotion and protection of human rights of people of African descent has been a priority concern for the United Nations. The Durban Declaration and Programme of Action acknowledged that people of African descent were victims of slavery, the slave trade and colonialism, and continues to be victims of their consequences.
Connecting the same to the March 21 that is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The date was selected by the United Nations to honour the 69 people who were killed by police at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960. In South Africa, March 21 is a public holiday, “Human Rights Day,” to commemorate the lives that have been lost in the fight for democracy and human rights.
Recognize through providing guidance, structures through processes that will promote the connectedness within and outside the people of African Descent. Basic needs to be met to foster a good quality of life and access social housing, education, employment, healthcare, safety, democratic processes, open and accountable governance structures.
- Justice – Justice that affects people of African descent, including adequate access to legal aid, racial equality, diversity in the recruitment, training, employment, adequate and equal representation, fundamental human rights and elimination of violence, including police violence which affects people of African descent that are still of particular relevance, where our bodies are threatened well before they are human.
- Development – As per the Development our focus will address Social sustainabilitywhich has been the least defined and understood of the different ways of approaching sustainability and sustainable development. Social sustainability has had considerably less attention in public dialogue than economic and environmental sustainability Several approaches to social sustainability, the first which posits a triad of environmental/economic and social sustainability which is the most widely accepted as a model for addressing sustainability that needs to be adopted by us. The “social sustainability” in our approach will encompass topics such as: cultural competence, social equity, social capital, placemaking, social justice, rights community development, community resilience, livability, health equity, human rights, human/cultural adaptations and social responsibility.
We are supported and working with the United Nations Geneva, a Working Group and for the International Decade for people of African Descent. As a BCGEU Member, Shop steward, Community Leader, devoted community activist, particularly on the Downtown East Side, Canadian citizen, a mother and a woman. I know and appreciate how much some of the companies, NGOs, Civil Societies, Community Organizations, Universities and individuals have been in the Fore – front in the fight against injustices, advocating and promoting peace and unity and condemning Human Rights injustices globally.
We are looking for support in terms of monetary assistance and or in kind. We need TO FUND RAISE, design website, form planning committees and at the event we shall sell exhibition tables/booths. We are looking for material/articles to share; we are inviting 40 groups or more of 1000 participants and 5,000 spectators, locally and globally of the people of African descent. (Anyone, any group that comfortably identifies itself among the people of African Descent is welcome).
We shall parade, peacefully in the sun-shine on the streets with different fashion, drums and other old and modern musical instrument. The parade will be celebrated through “The arts that represent an outlet of expression to help build a sense of pride, appreciating who we really are. This first annual event will bring together performing groups, representing Central, North, South, East and West Africa, Central, South and North American, (The Americas) Caribbean, Indians and Philippines to preserve our history, culture and custom, reflecting on the social life and pass same to our future generation.
We want to unite the people of Africa and those in the Diaspora during the Pan-African Carnival in Vancouver, to learn and appreciate one another, acknowledging our uniqueness, our experiences and finally telling it by ourselves. Learn and share those who came before us (our ancestor/pioneers). The main focus will be to unite and shine through our cultures, history and experiences on social aspect, religious practices, ethnic identity, customs, and traditions that will help shape our lives, these will help us appreciate our ancestor and the time in which they lived, what they achieved and the way forward in the coming 9 years as declared by the United Nations 2015 to 2024.
We are in a blessed country (Canada) that is made of immigrants with very rich multiculturalism. Vancouver as a City is a mix of different religions, abilities, sexual orientations, ethnicities with cultural groups from all over the world and Canada’s Aboriginal communities. It’s 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 that can perform the following: Show-case traditional attire and costumes through fashion, performances and Drums through Storytelling. To empress the African original/traditional Dance, Samba from Brazil, choruses, Songs, painting, Poetry, Sculpture-Installation, Pika- Picha ( Photography), Hip-hop (Dance), Digital Creation as well as reflecting, remembering, sharing and honoring the accomplishments and achievements all together past and present. Literature welcome, presenters are encouraged to register to give a talk.
The groups and individuals who are invited to participate MUST attend and use both the stage and the parade. Show case how well the music and dance work together, interpretation (movement, musicality and emotion). Time to network and share the experience gained from each other. I take this opportunity to thank you and look forward for a prompt reply in this regard, as we don’t have lots of time ahead of us. IF YOU CAN WALK YOU CAN DANCE, IF YOU CAN TALK YOU CAN SING, LET’S SING THE DRUM, DANCE THE SONG.