In 2018,  local community members from Newmarket came together to connect, and to discuss how to build a more diverse and connected Newmarket. Based on their ideas and discussions, the Newmarket African Caribbean Canadian Association (NACCA) was developed.

NACCA’s vision is to build a strong and connected community where Black Canadians of all ages are connected to their past while firmly stepping into their future. And where the town of Newmarket and neighbours are welcomed and encourage to support the organization’s vision. 

NACCA recognizes youth as pivotal members of our communities and are a focus of their work. The organization aims to support a generational legacy of education, empowerment and unity that will foster pride in identity, culture and history for the people of African descent.

NACCA is committed to building capacity for youth, family and community advancement through programs for Black youth, including educational, cultural, recreational and social activities in a supervised setting.

NACCA has developed a strong sense of values, fostering mentorship and education, youth engagement, innovation, cultural diversity and empowerment. The organization, its members and volunteers operate within an anti-oppression and anti-black racism. All are encouraged to do the same.

Focusing on education and celebration of Black history, NACCA provides a safe space where the Black community can gather, connect, share and collaborate while creating a network that promotes opportunities for the community.

In recognition of Black History Month, NACCA created a full calendar of free, educational and empowering virtual events. Events vary from supporting Black-owned businesses through the Ujamaa Marketplace to encouraging youth to submit artwork through a virtual art show, to hosting conversations with and about historical Black figures in Canada.

Thank you, NACCA, for ensuring that Black Canadians in our community are supported and connected, and that allies are educated. Today, and always.

For more information on NACCA’s work and how to get involved, please visit: https://www.naccacommunity.ca/