In this panel presentation participants will engage in a courageous discussion of not-for-profit leadership and resilience amongst Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). Together we will reflect on the growing social unrest emanating from the unjustifiable harm and violence that colonization, systemic racism, and oppression have inflicted on multiple generations of BIPOC communities. We will reflect on the ways these systemic challenges manifest in the not-for-profit sector, and the ways in which BIPOC leadership continues to advance transformational change in the face of these challenges.
Presenters: Cicely Blain, Kris Archie (Note: Ginger Gosnell-Myers is no longer able to participate in the panel)
Moderator: Nav Nagra
BOSS stands for Building Organizational and Sector Sustainability. BOSS is a space for dialogue and game-changing tactics on how not-for-profits can lead positive and lasting community and systemic change. Our themes for 2021 are: Collaboration, Equity, and Transformation. We want to rebalance our economy by pulling together as a sector to uncover and amplify the full potential of not-for-profit leadership.
Leading up to our larger BOSS Conference in February 2021, this November online event series, BOSS Reimagined, is a space to convene for thoughtful public dialogue and collaboration. Through online engagement, we will catalyze the potential for sector-wide participation in at the BOSS Conference 2021.
Cicely Belle Blain is a Black/mixed, queer femme from London, UK now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican, and English. At the heart of all their work, Cicely Belle harnesses their passion for justice, liberation, and meaningful change via transformative education, always with laughter, and fearlessly in the face of systemic oppression.
They are noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one of Vancouver’s 50 most powerful people, BC Business’ 30 under 30, and one of 150 Black women and non-binary people making change across Canada. They are now the CEO of Cicely Blain Consulting, a social justice-informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with over 200 clients across North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Cicely Belle is an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University and the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020).
As the Communications and Inclusion Manager at Vantage Point, Nav works to bring an equitable and inclusive lens to Vantage Point’s communications and practices both within the organization and within the not-for-profit sector. Nav has been Vantage Point’s key Diversity and Inclusion facilitator for the past two years and works continually to weave in new learnings as they come. Outside of Vantage Point, Nav is an Editor at Room Magazine and a Care Consultant at Breathing Space Creative.