The census and you

The census and you

This fact sheet provides an overview of the census, when it occurs, why it’s important and how census information is used. It has been produced in 25 non-official languages, including 13 Indigenous languages and dialects.

Susan Chomba – The Scientist

The sounds of Susan Chomba’s youth were the cackles of hyenas, her grandmother’s voice telling tales over a fire, and the barks of baboons, which ran through her village on the slopes of Mt. Kenya with their babies on their backs.

Elizabeth Mrema – The Convener

Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr – The Groundbreaker

Despite her joyous smile that’s about as sincere as smiles can be, the furrow between her eyes alludes to Freetown Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr being somewhat of a similar specimen. And how could she otherwise? Aki-Sawyerr has led campaigns against blood diamonds, co-founded a charity to support disadvantaged youth in the midst of her country’s civil war, and served as a director at the National Ebola Response Centre during the pandemic’s deadly outbreak before being elected to her mayoral position in 2018.

Vanessa Nakate – The Activist

Some leaders capture their audiences with their outright confidence and impassioned speeches. Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate’s tremendous effect comes from an affect quite the quiet opposite, where unadorned and softly spoken statements – above expressed at a Global Landscapes Forum event in 2020 – are worth leaning in to hear.

Meet Mogadishu’s first female rickshaw taxi driver

Saynab Abdikarin turns heads everywhere she goes in Mogadishu. The 28-year-old is the first woman to drive a rickshaw taxi in the streets of Somalia’s conservative capital, where the tricycles commonly known as “bajaaj” have long been operated just by men. “I believe that whatever job men can do, women can do, too,” says Saynab. A mother of five, Saynab took on the job out of necessity 10 months ago after her husband left her and their children.

Unique challenges faced by black muslim community warrant better understanding, attention

Heritage Canada designates February as Black History Month to focus on recognizing the legacy of Black Canadians, both in the past and present. While it’s a celebration of contributions to society which simultaneously highlights resilience, excellence and history, it is also an opportunity to reflect on learnings that include the narratives of unique Black communities.

Michelle Obama interviews Amanda Gorman

Amanda Gorman captivated the world when she read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Jan. 20 Inauguration ceremony. Sitting just feet away from the 22-year-old that day was former First Lady Michelle Obama, who had met Gorman twice before—in 2016 at a White House event.

How to evaluate information & disinformation

How to evaluate Information & Disinformation Based on Carl Sagan’s “Baloney Detection Kit” revised for New comers to Canada. Carl Sagan was an associate professor at Harvard and later at Cornell, from 1976 to his death. Sagan published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books.

Women of colour inspired to dream big by Kamala Harris

Women discuss what it means to have Harris as the new U.S. vice-president. Thousands of people on both sides of the border watched history in the making on Wednesday as Kamala Harris became the first woman of colour to be vice-president of the United States.

Inspiration for black women

In one of the inauguration’s most talked about moments, poet Amanda Gorman summoned images dire and triumphant Wednesday as she called out to the world, “even as we grieved, we grew.” The 22-year-old Gorman referenced everything from Biblical scripture to the musical Hamilton, and at times echoed the oratory of John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. With urgency and assertion she began by asking “Where can we find light/In this never-ending shade?” and used her own poetry and life story as an answer.