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UPlift Black is a social service agency working to UPlift the complete wellbeing of Black people who live in Simcoe Muskoka. Our work is culturally based and anchored in 2SLGBTQPNIA+ inclusivity striving to achieve the ultimate goal of racial equity through a conscious community..

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UPlift BLACK in Action

Chris and Courtney at Drors in Barrie.

Accepting donations for the UPlift Black Youth Care Packages Project 2020

June 30th, 2020

Showing our Support for Black Lives Matter

Courtney holding a Support BLM sign

June 30th, 2020

Donations for the Black Youth Care Packages from Indigo.

Donations of books, toys, sports equipment and personal care items for the Youth Care Package Project in 2020 were given by organizations and individuals and sorted at Drors in Barrie by many volunteers.

June 25th, 2020

UPlift Black TV First Episodes

Shelly and Courtney began filming UPlift Black TV – July 21, 2020

Choosing Bikes for Youth at Firebird in Barrie

Bicycles were generously paid for by donation to the Youth Care Package Project 2020 and purchased at Firebird in Barrie.

September 2020

Kwanzaa Live from Adinkra Farm on Facebook

November 2020

UPlift Black at Sonder Studios Holiday Market

Ramona and Jess at Sonder Studios

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UPlift Black Voices 2021 Black History Month Special Edition Newsletter
UPlift Black Voices 2021 Black History Month Special Edition Newsletter

It’s February, we have made it past the first months of cold temperatures, lockdown and a journey into the unknown of what 2021 will have in store for us. It’s also the beginning of a month long celebration of the contributions of the Black community to Canada. It’s a reflection into the past and a commitment to truth telling. Black History Month is a chance for the Black Community to have a platform to engage in conversations that otherwise go unspoken.
To everyone who has stood up for Black lives in the last year, to the Advocates, Activists and Allies, Thank You. Black History Month is here but don’t forget to continue to UPlift Black voices, spread a message of hope and sustainable change and remember to UPlift Black 365!

Shelly Skinner, President, UPlift Black

Adult Book Club – Muslim Cool

Hello, from the Book Club! Welcome to the second cycle of the UPlift Black Book Club! Every two(ish) months we will select a book of Black excellence to read as a community in an attempt to amplify and UPlift the Black Voice within Simcoe Muskoka. This month, we have...

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Land Acknowledgement - Close to Continue to the UPlift Black Website

Land Acknowledgement - Close to Continue to the UPlift Black Website

As people of Afrikan descent,  

we offer this land recognition in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island

in the efforts and deliberate intentions toward decolonization. 

We acknowledge the land of Turtle Island,  

that was never meant to be owned.  

We recognize that most of the land  

that was entrusted to the Indigenous peoples, was in some cases shared by choice,  

but all too often taken by force. 

We recognize the historical colonialism,  

and the ongoing colonialism,  

that has led to the present-day situation  

where land acknowledgements  

are offered in place of land.  

As people of Afrikan descent,  

many of us have come here by choice,  

while many are here as a result of historical force.  

We acknowledge the complexities  

where we were promised land  

that was never given,  

By those whose it never was to give. 

As people of Afrikan descent,  

we acknowledge the land of Turtle Island that sustains us, express deep gratitude to its Indigenous peoples,  and pledge to honour our dignity and divinity  that ultimately connects us all.  

 

~ ©by Kaye Johnson 2020

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