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New Executive Director Announcement

May 5, 2023

Africa Centre is pleased to announce that Samuel Juru will become our new Executive Director, effective May 22, 2023. Sam will succeed Sharif Haji who is embarking on a political aspiration following four years of leadership at Africa Center. We are grateful for Sharif’s exemplary leadership and invaluable contributions to the Black community as we…

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Realities Keep Changing: New Africa Centre to Transform Old School Site

April 10, 2023

The old Wellington school site in north Edmonton is undergoing transformation as the Africa Centre is poised to rise in its place. Between the time the 13160 127 St. junior high school was shuttered in 2005 and the building was demolished in 2016, Edmonton’s Africa Centre had been operating out of the rundown structure, offering…

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Africa Centre now offering ‘Black-focused’ Counselling Services

April 10, 2023

Edmonton’s Africa Centre has partnered with United Way and Alberta Black Therapists Network to offer Free Counselling Services. The program is the first of its kind in Western Canada, because it’s free and it’s Black focused. + Read the Full Article

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Council Approves Funds for Anti-racism Committee

February 23, 2022

Council Approves Funds for Anti-racism Committee Edmonton City Council has unanimously approved $2 – million in funding to establish an anti-racism committee. “It is a good starting point, but it will not address systemic racism in our city” — Sharif Haji, Executive Director, Africa Centre + View the CTV News Video

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Racism in North America

December 7, 2021

REAL TALK ON APPLE PODCAST WITH RYAN JESPERSON – DECEMBER 7, 2021 Lawyers Reakash Walters and Joshua Sealy-Harrington along with the Africa Centre’s Sharif Haji discuss the recent verdict in Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, the acquittal in the Ritten House Trial , and $26M awarded in damages.

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Building Safer Communities with Anne Stevenson

October 7, 2021

An outstanding panel of community activists, including Rajah Maggay, Gurpreet Bolina, Sharif Haji, and Haiqa Cheema, join Anne to talk about a significant safety issue in our city. + Listen Now

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Edmonton’s Africa Centre Youth get Hooked on Fishing

July 17, 2021

Africa Centre’s mentorship program spent Saturday afternoon at Hermitage Park in Edmonton teaching 50 youth who have never fished before how to drop a line, bait a hook, and what to do with a fish out of water. Despite not catching any fish, participants were enthused to meet in person and test the fishing waters.

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Africa Centre Vaccine Clinics See Big Turnout among North Edmonton Community

May 31, 2021

Emmanuel Onah, the centre’s project manager, said they have held two clinics at 6770 129 Ave. alongside Alberta Health Services. They plan to hold at least two more in the coming weeks to get shots in the arms of those who can’t make it to other centres. He said they and other community hub clinics…

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Edmonton’s Africa Centre on Helping Youths Find Work

March 22, 2021

Last week, about 15 teens donned workout gear, headed to their bedrooms or basements, and then logged in to join a virtual physical training session. This isn’t how organizers of Africa Centre’s basketball program planned on restarting practices — but it’s better than nothing at all. + Read more

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Edmontonians Step up to keep Food Bank open at Africa Centre

March 13, 2021

Servus Credit Union offered to help after reading about the food bank’s unique Service that provides culturally appropriate food to clients. Food hampers are tailor-made for each family whether it’s injera, an Ethiopian fermented flatbread, or turtle beans, popular in the Caribbean. + Read more 

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