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Black Community Resource Centre

  • BCRC1
  • Corporate body
  • 1992-[20--?]

The Black Community Resource Centre (BCRC) takes a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of English-speaking youth. We refer to this approach as the “Holistic Project.” This approach recognizes that youth have many needs that must be addressed in order for youth to achieve their maximum potential in our society.
BCRC is a growing, resource-based organization that strengthens community capacity by providing professional support to organizations and individuals in need. The Centre is committed to helping visible minority youth rekindle their dreams, and achieve their full potential.

They provide and implement professional innovative support services to individuals, communities, para-public and public organizations. They also develop and run health, education, socio-culture, and community economic development programs

They put emphasize on: infrastructure support and training, prevention and empowerment, a community-building approach, collaboration and partnerships, an inclusive perspective, and support to individuals and organizations.

They offer services :

Information and referrals
Them staff can either answer questions relating to employment, health and social services, or they can direct you to the professional assistance you seek.

Support to schools
Self-development workshops and interactive activities designed for students. Various themes covered such as team building, conflict resolution, self-esteem, anti-racism, etc.

Documentation Centre
The library contains over 200 culturally relevant, up-to-date documents on various subjects. These subjects include, but are not limited to: education, history, socio-cultural issues and topics related to Quebec society.

They offer advice for a non-profit organization. They can design workshops and sometimes they would be able to provide facilitators. Occasionally they can provide meeting space for others organizations (partners).

Black Studies Center

  • BSC1
  • Corporate body
  • 1973-[20--?]

The Black Studies Center (BSC) Montreal Inc is a registered charity. The mission and mandate of the organization are set out in its letters patent, part II of the Quebec company Act. The organization received its charter, January 4, 1973. The BSC reports on an Annual basis to the Federal and Provincial Governments of Canada. Its activities and operations are published and made accessible to the Canadian Public through public notices and on request from the Charities Division of the Federal Government. It Board of Directors constitute the single and only legislating agency subject to the Quebec Civil Code and the laws set out in the Quebec and the Canadian Company acts. The organization presents education workshops, conferences and cultural exhibits. It has housed and incubated many community organizations ( the Black Theatre Workshop of Montreal, The Black Community Council of Quebec, the Quebec Board of Black Educators, Women on the Rise); and several small businesses. It partners with other organizations and higher educational institutions (such as Concordia University) to provide management and communication skills to community based organizations, and to the youth in minority communities. A major object of the organization is to set up a capital fund to support the social and economic growth and development of members of the Blacks communities; and to work with public agencies and other partners to facilitate their fuller integration into the social, political, and economic decision making processes of Quebec. The organization was a member of the federation of organizations called the Black Community Council of Quebec (BCCQ); and is represented on the Board of the Black Community Resource Center. It has conducted extensive research on the social, political and economic status of Blacks in Montreal and Canada; and presented several briefs on the issues to all levels of Government; and to the general public and commissions.

The BSC is an information gathering and informing agency that has extensive archive holdings documenting the history of Blacks in Montreal, Quebec and Canada. One aspect is the collection and maintenance of data on the demographics of Blacks in Canada. The BSC archives have their early beginning in research conducted by a team of Black activists working under the direction of Dr. Clarence Bayne as founder and Executive Director of the Montreal based Research Institute of the National Black Coalition of Canada (1971). The Research Institute was closed in 1974, due to funding and management problems under the direction of Dr. Lemuel Sealey (See “Cancelled LIP Grant to Blacks May be revived, “ Montreal Star, March, 1974). The early work of Bayne and his research group consisting of Dr. Yussuf Naim Kly (See book, International Law and the Black Minority in the U.S.), Fred Anderson, Gordon Sadul, Joy Sitahal and Louis Gonzalez was transferred (1974 and 1975) to the BSC by the Late Roy States (Secretary of the NBCC). The BSC has built on this documentation, developing a pictorial history and digitized Exhibit of Blacks in Quebec; gathering and storing documents about Black Community Organizations; building a gallery of exemplar Blacks (1950 to present); creating demographic databases. It has a library of Black Journals and community Magazines, material from Community workshops, briefs to commissions, course materials on small business start ups for minority entrepreneurs and organizational literacy.

Work continues in collaboration with the ICED, John Molson School of Business, in building a net work of communication information digitized centers for sharing information between community development agencies. This work is based on new developments in information sharing across disciplines; and supported by the evolving discipline of an “informing science”.

In 1972 the BSC bought a building located at 1968 De Maisonneuve Blvd, where its activities were housed up until November2014. It sold that asset in November 2014 and created the BSC Charitable Activity Funding Program, a capital managed investment fund dedicated to the mission, and charitable objectives of the organization. Revenues generated by the investment fund is used finance the cost of its new archive space located at 3333 Cavendish Blvd. Suite 340. Some of its archive holdings are being digitized with partial funding from Libraries and Archives, Canada. The work can be viewed at Do search for “Black Studies Archives”.

Black Theatre Workshop

  • BTW1
  • Corporate body
  • 1971-[20--?]

The Black Theatre Workshop (Le Theatre BTW Inc.) evolves out of the Drama Committee of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Montreal (October1965 - 1985). It is the oldest surviving professional English speaking Black theatre company in Canada. It was conceived by and created by Dr Clarence S. Bayne who served as its President and Artistic Director for many. He is currently a member of its Board of Governors, in the positions of Chair of the Executive Committee and Vice President.

Black Theatre Workshop is Canada’s oldest Black theatre company was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1972. Their mission is to encourage and promote the development of a Black and Canadian Theatre, rooted in a literature that reflects the creative will of Black Canadian writers and artists, and the creative collaborations between Black and other artists. Black Theatre Workshop objective is the promotion and the production of Black theatre that educates, entertains and delights its audiences. The company strives to create a greater cross-cultural understanding by its presence and the intrinsic value of its work. The history of the BTW involves a relentless struggle to diversify and democratize the arts in Canada.

The BTW is funded by Canada Council, CALQ, CAM, Heritage, TD Bank, Cole Foundation, and a number of Black community donor organizations, and supporters in the community at large. Over the years, the company and its artists have received several awards for the artistic excellence of its work from the Montreal English theatre critics and from The Black History Month Round Table. The company plays and active role in PACT.

Dr. Clarence S. Bayne

  • CSB1
  • Person
  • 1932-[20--?]

Dr. Clarence S. Bayne was born in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies in 1932. He came to Canada in 1955 from Trinidad and Tobago. He obtained a BA (Economics) in 1958 and Masters (Economics) from UBC in 1960. In 1961, he started studies at McGill University for a Ph.D in economics, specializing in econometrics and monetary and macro-economic theory, which he obtained in 1977. His doctoral thesis is entitled "A Study of the Oil Industry of Trinidad and Tobago in the World Oil Economy". He was a part time lecturer at Sir George Williams University, 1961 to 1964, where he taught introductory, intermediate, mathematical economics, and comparative economics systems. In 1966, he was hired full time to the Faculty of Commerce and Administration (Now John Molson School of Business). He developed and taught the first courses in intermediate statistics, sampling theory, and qualitative and quantitative forecasting. Dr Bayne is now a full professor in the Department of Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems (DSMIS)/ Supply Chain, Business and Management Technology . He was the Director of the Graduate Diplomas in Administration and Sport Administration between 1990 and 2006. He is currently the Director of the Institute for Community Entrepreneurship and Development(ICED). He specializes in the economics and management of not-for-profit organizations. He is also president of the following not-for-profit organization, Black Studies Center of Montreal, and the Black Community Resource Center. He is the Founding Past president and member of the Board of Governors of the Black Theatre Workshop of Montreal.

Dr. Bayne's research interest is very cross disciplinary, with an emphasis on community development. He has published, and lectured quite extensively in this area in many cultural communities across Canada (the Cree, Black, Inuit); and in Nigeria, and South Africa.

Dr. Bayne has received several distinguished Awards and recognition for his work in community development. Some of his awards include Recipient of the Governor General's 125th Anniversary of Confederation Award, the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), The Trinidad and Tobago 50th Independence Anniversary Commemorative Award (2012) The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013); The Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2000), the Quebec Board of Black Educator's Award (2000), Montreal Association of Black Business and Professionals Award (1988), City of Montreal Round Table on Black History Month Award (2016).

Quebec Board of Black Educators

  • QBBE1
  • Corporate body
  • 1968-[20--?]

The Quebec Black Board of Educators was found, by a group of Black educators, in 1968. This group work created to provide remediation and tutorial assistance to Black youth, primarily in the PSBGM school system in the city of Montreal. The group of educators was formed by Quebec certified Black teachers, some university students and some instructors from the universities.

Initially, the group consisting mostly of Canadian University educated Caribbean immigrants set about trying to reduce the dropout rate of Black youth from the Montreal school systems. In addition, there was a marked absence of native born Blacks on the university campuses. This lead to the observation that, for Blacks, the route from the Caribbean to university was shorter than the route from the local schools to the university. There was something endemic in the school system that prevented local Blacks from completing high school. But by the mid-eighties a large numbers of immigrants from the Caribbean were arriving in Montreal and his scholar system was not equipped to address the cultural variations and problems the children of these immigrants brought to the schools.

To correct the situation the QBBE was founded. The organization developed an approach that consisted of three streams of redress: run their own remedial summer schools; work with the school boards and other local institutions; and work with the parents of the students. The QBBE was one of the founding member organizations of the BCCQ. It is also a member organization of the BCRC.

The mission of QBBE is to promote the development of educational services for Black youth and other youth between the ages of 5 to 25, who live in the Greater Montreal and surrounding regions. The Organization is also committed to change and improvement in the Provincial education system that will be beneficial all youth; and to the increase of Blacks teachers, administrators and education specialist in the system.