The Anti-Racist Cooperation (ARC) Hub is a dedicated coordination secretariat and a resource center for the sector: the ARC Hub is hosted by Cooperation Canada and funded by Global Affairs Canada. Our goal is to help Canadian international development and humanitarian organizations improve their ability integrate anti-racism and intersectional feminism into their work in the creation of resources, knowledge sharing spaces, networks of support and trainings.
Following the death of George Floyd in summer 2020 and the global conversation that occurred around acknowledging the effects of systematic anti-Blackness, an informal advisory group convened by Cooperation Canada launched a set of sector-wide consultations to establish an anti-racism framework for international cooperation, developed by the sector for the sector. The result of these efforts was the Anti-Racism Framework for Canada’s International Cooperation Sector, launched in January 2021 with 71 signatory organizations. As part of their commitments to anti-racism, signatories completed the first annual survey on sector progress towards anti-racism. Using this data, a group of sector volunteers, the Taskforce for Accountability, produced the first baseline report on anti-racism in Canada’s international cooperation sector.
In December 2021, Cooperation Canada received support from Global Affairs Canada to support the sector with dedicated resources, building on the energy and commitments of countless volunteers from organizations across the sector.
Meet our team
- Provide open trainings, events and meetings to all in the sector
- Answer questions and provide guidance to individuals and organizations based on good practice and anti-racist principles and available resources
- Ask for and receive sponsorship and additional funds for GAC-funded activities, as long as it’s counted as the in-cash contribution on eligible activities
- Support the annual signatory and reporting process
- Communicate publicly about how racism manifests in the sector, and reiterate the anti-racism principles that ARC aims to promote
- Provide trainings and events to only members or signatories
- Advise on specific situations and how to resolve them
- Charge fees for any of its activities funded by GAC, or use other funds to pay for activities planned in the GAC-funded project
- Enforce compliance to the framework commitments for signatory organizations
- Confirm or deny specific allegations of racist or discriminatory acts in the sector