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Straight talk, No chasers: Economic Justice for Black women-led Nonprofits in and beyond the Decade for People of African Descent.

Moderator: Tanya Hayles (Founder of Black Moms Connection

Time: 11am-1pm

Date: February 9, 2022

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Meet Tanya Hayles


Tanya Hayles is an award-winning creative storyteller using various mediums to evoke emotions, create change, build movements, and color in white spaces. 


From event planning to freelance writing, from anti-Black racism advocacy to public speaking - Tanya brings her fresh brand of authenticity everywhere she lands. 


She and her words can be found on CBC, Global TV, CityNews, Globe and Mail, CityLine, Toronto Star, Today’s Parent, HuffPost, and more. 

She was the 2019 BMO for Women award recipient for Community & Charitable Giving, 2020 L’Oreal Woman of Worth honoree, and selected as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence in 2021.


Find more of her work at, and 

About the Event


Building on the recently held “Virtual Policy Conversations: Solutions to Funding Inequities,” hosted by Imagine Canada, the Canadian Women’s Foundation and the Network for the Advancement of Black Communities; this panel discussion aims to take a further deep dive into the specific economic justice challenges faced by Black women-led nonprofit organizations in Ontario. 


This panel brings together leading Black voices on the challenges experienced by these Black leaders in achieving Economic Justice during and beyond the Decade for People of African Descent. The panellists collectively have a long history of advocating with government, corporate and community organizations on the significant economic realities facing B3 nonprofits. 


This panel event will facilitate a deeper understanding of the specific implications of funding inequities and how these barriers prevent economic justice for B3 women-led nonprofits. This event facilitates a deeper dive into this nuanced experience and positions the narrative on how economic policymaking can be utilized to address funding inequities. 


Access to Funding

Black-serving organizations received only 0.15 percent of funds in the 2017 and 2018 fiscal years." UNFUNDED report 2020.


Financial impact on Black-women entrepreneurs

(78.5%) of applicants agreed or strongly agreed that access to financing was an issue. Rise UP: A Study of 700 Black Women Entrepreneurs. Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, Black Business and Professional Association 2021.


Nonprofit sector realities due to covid-19

900,000 workers who relied on the CRB, as well as those laid off in the response to the end of the CEWS, turn to our organizations for help. Imagine Canada. Concerned changes to emergency measures will put pressure on the nonprofit sector. 2021.

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"Economic justice is a human right for People of African Descent. Moving the socio-economic impact needle requires adequate and targeted investments that improve systemic outcomes for Black Communities."


– Candies Kotchapaw, DYLOTT

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