ONE VISION ONE VOICE: Changing the Ontario Child Welfare System to Better Serve African Canadians

One Vision One Voice is a program led by the African Canadian community. It is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services through the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies and addresses the overrepresentation and experiences of disparities faced by African Canadians after coming into contact with the child welfare system.

Phase III of the One Vision One Voice (OVOV) program is underway. The focus of this next phase is the ongoing implementation work of the 11 Race Equity Practices. The third part of the Practice Framework series has been released, a toolkit that will help agencies assess their implementation of the Race Equity Practices to date, determine what more is needed, and develop further implementation plans. It is available here.

Other priorities for the next phase of work include ongoing engagement with the African Canadian community, developing a leadership mentorship program for African Canadians working in the child welfare sector, launching additional Power Up! youth gatherings, and evaluating existing programs and service delivery models.

PHASE III: Anti-Black Racism Needs Assessment (November 2020)

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We Welcome Your Ongoing Feedback

Email: onevisiononevoice@oacas.org

Join the Conversation Online

Join the conversation on social media through Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram by telling us how Ontario's child welfare system can better serve the African Canadian population.

Follow us @1Vision1VoiceCA and use the hashtag: #1Vision1Voice

Join us every month on the last Thursday for our Community Chat!

Contact us at onevisiononevoice@oacas.org to register—your participation access link will be sent out via email, the morning of the discussion. Please feel free to send your questions and topics in advance!

Community Chat Flyer

Welcome to PowerUp! Our OVOV Youth Portal

This section of the OVOV website has been created specifically for African Canadian children and youth. Please feel free to send us your feedback and content suggestions at onevisiononevoice@oacas.org!


PowerUp! Event

PowerUp! Banner
On Wednesday, February 24, 2021 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the One Vision One Voice program will present the second edition of PowerUp!, a symposium for Black/African Canadian youth. PowerUp! is the first Canadian event specifically designed for Black youth in care, and this time we’re going virtual to connect, empower, and inspire unity and togetherness amongst Black youth across Ontario in the child welfare system.


Social Media Accounts for Youth

PowerUp! Youtube
Link to YouTube channel
A channel for African Canadian youth to share, create, celebrate, and educate!
Do you have any music, spoken word, poetry, creations, artwork, or storytelling that you’d like to contribute to our page? If so, please send us a message and we’ll happily share your work!
PowerUp! TikTok
Link to TikTok page
A video channel for African Canadian youth to dance, sing, share, and celebrate culture!
Share your duets and best dance moves! This channel is just for you, to contribute your most uplifting creations! Tag us or send us your original videos and we’ll share your work!

Social Media Guidelines

Let’s keep our social media channels safe, entertaining, and uplifting! Here are a few recommendations on how you can make the most of the OVOV PowerUp! youth portal:

  • Think before you post! Remember that your teachers, parents, and caseworkers may see your online posts.
  • Do not show personal information like your name or addresses: keep it private!
  • Promote positive interactions and opportunities—let’s use social media to feel good and inspire others!
  • You can use social media to connect with other African Canadian youth with similar life experiences; it’s a great way to share and express your feelings and ideas.
  • Be sure to have approval to communicate with others through social media. Please do not interact with family members or others who are not supposed to contact you.
  • Remember, communication online may be considered legal documentation of interaction between youth, agencies, and families.
  • Be specific about the social media accounts you are using, and what your goals are. Make sure to review each account’s privacy settings.
  • Be aware, and report any inappropriate contact, cyber bullying, or suspicious behaviour. Do not respond to mean comments—you can easily block harassing comments, and let a trusted adult know.

Reference: childwelfare.gov


African Canadian Arts for Children and Young Adults

We are gathering a list of African Canadian authors and artists who are dedicated to creating fun, reflective, and empowering products and resources for children and young adults.

I want to Be book cover
"I Want To Be"
by Angela Walcott
Link
Loving Me book cover
"Loving Me" and "Boy! I Am Loving Me"
by Angelot Ndongmo
Link
A Likkle Cute’n in that Hat book cover
"A Likkle Cute’n in that Hat" and "Heights"
by Karee Shea-Walker
Link
Sweet and Sour Honey book cover
"Sweet & Sour Honey"
by Michelle Richards Graham
Link
What Are You Gonna Do With That Hair? book cover
"What Are You Gonna Do With That Hair?"
by Ndija Anderson-Yantha
Link
I Am Beautiful book cover
"I Am Beautiful: When I Look in the Mirror I See"
by Simone DaCosta
Link
My Soca Birthday Party book cover
"My Soca Birthday Party with Jollof Rice & Steel Pans"
by Yolanda T. Marshall
Link

Want to learn more about ONE VISION ONE VOICE?

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OACAS is pleased to welcome Keishia Facey as the Project Manager for Phase III of One Vision One Voice. Keishia can be reached at onevisiononevoice@oacas.org.

Our Resources

What are the Race Equity Practices?

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