We're almost at the two-year mark of having this beautiful, necessary space for African community-building, cultural reclamation and healing. In this short period, our activities have already provided opportunities for learning, healing and growth to more than a hundred community members of African descent! And we're just getting started! I'm sure many of us can agree that spaces like Sankofa Maroon Village are needed now more than ever! As life in the city becomes increasingly tenuous, with the rising cost of food, soaring rents, air pollution, and declining mental health (especially amongst Black communities), we NEED healthy, healing places to go to, to ground, to grow our own food in clean soil, to drink water directly from the earth, and build something different, something better, for ourselves.
However, the hard truth is that working without funding for so long has quickly exhausted the personal resources of organizers , and we are at a critical juncture where we need support to maintain, sustain and grow this project in order for it to survive.
MORE ABOUT SANKOFA MAROON VILLAGE
Moyo Wa Africa is the founder of the burgeoning Sankofa Maroon Village - a learning centre and living space for African-descended people to reclaim cultural knowledge, strengthen our connection to the natural world and learn sustainable living skills here in Turtle Island. After generously being hosted by the Adinkra Farm for four years, we recently acquired our own space where we are working to create the first African-centred eco-village" in 'Canada.' While building upon the rich African history in the Owen Sound and Collingwood areas, where free Black people and maroons established some of the earliest Black settlements in Ontario, we also strive to work in solidarity with the Anishinabeg people in whose territory we reside.
We are a non-profit with a membership structure whereby residents and part-time residents can access the space as well as the Sankofa Learning Circle, the Sankofa Community Garden, and the Sankofa Centre for Healing, Arts, and Eco Education.
The Sankofa Maroon Village provides opportunities for people of African descent to: access affordable, sustainable housing and retreat space; improve mental and emotional health through connection to nature and healing services; learn about organic gardening and grow food to support physical health and sustainability; learn about and celebrate African and diasporic cultural knowledge; educate Black children and youth in a culturally relevant manner; experience community; and earn income through the Sankofa Centre for Healing and Eco Education.