"Worlds Within: Diverse Histories, Identities, and Experiences of Black People of African Ancestry in British Columbia" is an output of the African Ancestry Project highlighting the diversity of Black people in BC. It shares our stories in our own voice by centering stories of over 160 project participants.
LATEST NEWS: The Youth Dialogue Event is November 2022 – May 2023; a series of three virtual youth dialogues curated to engage 40 young people between ages 15 and 19 with the contents of Worlds Within report.
The first session took place on November 26th. The second session will be Saturday, February 11th; the third session is taking place on May 6th. The project is still recruiting. All the details about the Project, this Series, Resources, Participation, Dates, Recruitment, Registration are HERE!
“We hope this resource will inspire dialogue around emergent themes and issues including multiculturalism and anti-racism and contribute towards positive social change. The report will be a resource for everyone in British Columbia, and particularly Black communities and those engaged in work around multiculturalism and racial equity. Understanding and acknowledging the diversity of the Black communities is an important step towards building authentic connections. The report will also form part of our historical records.” Alice Mũrage, project lead and author
About the project:
This project is facilitated by Alice Muthoni Mũrage in partnership with BC Black History Awareness Society. It is funded through the B.C. Multiculturalism Grant, the UBC Partnership Recognition Fund, the SFU Community Engagement Initiative, and contribution from the SFU African Studies Working Group and the SFU Labour Studies Program.
The project became operational in February 2020 beginning with the research component of the project. Research was conducted through a survey, interviews, and focus group discussions until the end of December 2020. Line of inquiry was around participants’ histories, identities, and experiences in British Columbia.
The survey allowed for a quantitative data collection that gave context to the stories that were shared through the interviews and focus group discussions. The survey was completed by 162 people of African ancestry; 40 survey respondents further participated in five focus group discussions and 18 interviews. We are deeply grateful to those who took the time to participate and share their stories.
These stories were woven together in a report to give a glimpse of the vast diversity of people of African ancestry.
Preliminary findings were shared in the African Ancestry Dialogue event held in February 2021.
A community review was conducted between September and October 2021 to seek feedback on how the report resonated and to ensure that shared stories were interpreted and presented as intended. 40 reviewers (including participants of the African Ancestry Project and other community members) shared their feedback through six focus group discussions and two interviews.
Report Launch event was held on March 5, 2022, online.
*A presentation of key themes explored in the report, Alice Mũrage, project lead and author.
*“We are not a monolith': New study spotlights diversity in B.C.'s Black community” CBC News article, March 5, 2022
*“Project highlighting diversity among those with African ancestry in B.C. draws attention to experiences of Black workers” SFU interview January 11, 2022
*You can reach the project and research lead, Alice Mũrage, by filling out this contact form. For further engagement, follow the project’s Facebook page