African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI)
About African Communities of Manitoba Inc. (ACOMI)
The African Communities of Manitoba, Inc. (ACOMI) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization which aims at a vibrant, engaged and sustainable African Canadian presence across Manitoba, contributing to a culturally rich and economically prosperous, socially inclusive society. ACOMI carries out and promotes programs, projects and activities for the encouragement, support and advancement of the African community in Manitoba, including the preservation and promotion of its unique culture and human heritage.
We operate the ACOMI Resource Center in downtown Winnipeg and provide services that support the settlement and on-going integration of people of African heritage in a culturally appropriate manner. We provide assessment and referrals to programs and services needed to address issues of employment, poverty, homelessness, education, health, nutrition and recreation; as well as supporting youth with mentorship, essential life-skills and post-secondary educational bursaries. Our drop-in program for children ages 6-12 years provides a safe space for newcomers, indigenous and main-stream Canadians to participate in our programs.
We also provide leadership, support and capacity building to African ethno-cultural organizations in Winnipeg, and are a valuable resource for information and access to people of African heritage and ethno-cultural organizations and associations.
ACOMI has hosted the Folklorama African Pavilion since 1997. This festival brings together over 25 ethno-cultural African communities and over 200 community volunteers to showcase African culture and cuisine.
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