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Minutes and Agendas

Series 2 contains the minutes and agendas of meetings including the annual national meetings held by the Congress of Black Women of Canada, and, primarily, the monthly meetings held by the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba. The level of detail contained in the agenda and minutes can vary greatly. Generally, they contain a brief outline of the meeting’s agenda, list of membership attendance at the meeting, a summary of the discussions and voting held at the meeting, including notice and discussion of events and relevant causes, and, sometimes, detailed reports from the elected officers, such as the President and the Treasurer, on the state of affairs of the Congress.

Events and Workshops

Series 4 contains records related to events and workshops sponsored by the Congress, or related organizations and government departments and agencies. Some of the records include minutes and agendas of planning meetings and/or the event and workshop, reports on workshops, manuals and information packets for conducting workshops, and notices and programs of events and workshops. The workshops concerned a broad number of issues, but anti-racism workshops and workshops against family violence and violence against women were some of the most prevalent. Some of the more frequent events included Black History Month celebrations, Women’s history celebrations, Kwanzaa, Congress anniversary dinners and Congress fundraisers and socials.

External Publications

Series 6 contains external publications, and mainly consists of newsletters and reports created by related organizations and government agencies and departments. Some of the reports focus on the Caribbean community in Manitoba, multiculturalism, women’s health, and violence against women. The newsletters were published by the Manitoba Intercultural Council, Manitoba Culture & Heritage, The Winnipeg Core Area Initiative, the Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women, Caribe, and Global Eyes Magazine.

Congress of Black Women of Manitoba Inc.

This accession is arranged into six series. The first series consists of the national constitutions and by-laws of the Congress of Black Women of Canada. The second series consists of meeting minutes and agendas, and while national meetings are included, local chapter meetings form the bulk of the series. The third series contains both outgoing and incoming correspondence between Congress members, allied organizations and various government departments and agencies, and includes invitations and responses to events and workshops, and calls to support causes relevant to the Congress. The fourth series is comprised of records relating to events and workshops, such as notices, programs and detailed reports and workshop manuals. The fifth series consists of internal publications, such as briefs to government departments, newsletters and information booklets. The sixth series includes external publications, such as the newsletters of allied organizations and government reports

Constitution and By-Laws

Series 1 contains the 1982 constitution and by-laws of the Congress of Black Women of Canada, as well as amended versions from 1991 and 1992, and draft versions of the constitution and by-laws from the early 1990s. These governing documents outline the mandate, objectives, rules of membership, autonomy of chapter and associate organizations, election rules, duties of the Executive Council, and committee responsibilities of the Congress of Black Women of Canada and its chapter and associate organizations.


Series 3 contains both incoming and outgoing correspondence between members of the Congress, related organizations and government departments and agencies. Government recipients and senders include both federal and provincial Ministers in charge of Multiculturalism, Heritage and Culture, Employment and Immigration, Health and Welfare, Pensions, and the Status of Women, as well as the offices of the Mayor of Winnipeg, the Prime Minister, and the Premier and Lieutenant- Governor of Manitoba. Government agencies related to immigration, multiculturalism, and women’s issues, such as the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council, Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba, Citizenship Council of Manitoba/ International Centre, Manitoba Intercultural Council, and Canadian Human Rights Commission, also corresponded with the Congress. National and provincial ethnic organizations such as the Afro-Caribbean Association of Manitoba, the National Black Coalition of Canada, Guyanese Cultural Organization of Winnipeg Inc., Trinidad and Tobago Society of Winnipeg, Grenadian Association of Manitoba, Caribbean-Canadian Association of Winnipeg Inc., and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Association of Winnipeg, also were in frequent contact. Women’s groups, such as the Fort Garry Women’s Resource Centre, The Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women, MFL Women’s Committee, and the National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women, made up a significant portion of the correspondence. Much of the content of the correspondence relates to invitations and responses to events and workshops, and calls for support of various causes relevant to Black women in Canada.

Internal Publications

Series 5 consists of internal publications created by the Congress. A collection of newsletters published by the Congress forms the bulk of the series, as well as information booklets about the Congress, and briefs written by the Congress to various government departments and agencies concerning human rights, pensions, multiculturalism, racism and violence against women

Congress of Black Women of Manitoba Inc. fonds

  • CA UWA 11.003, 15.014, 16.015, 17.008
  • Fonds
  • 1973, 1980-2015

The fonds documents the organizational history of the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba and the recent social and cultural history of Black women in Manitoba. The fonds consists of four separate accessions: 11.003, 15.014, 16.015, and 17.008. Accession 11.003 consists of 6 series: minutes and agendas, constitution and by-laws, correspondence, events and workshops, internal publications, and external publications. Accession 15.014 includes one series containing 345 photographs. Accession 16.015 includes 10 series: meetings and reports, correspondence, events and workshops, grant applications, research materials, internal publications, external publications, electronic records, moving image records and photographs. Accession 17.008 consists of one series of presentations.

Congress of Black Women of Manitoba Inc.


Photographs in this series depict members and events of the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba, as well as members of the community with whom the Congress interacted. Photographs are from events hosted or attended by the Congress or its members, including meetings, workshops, brunches and luncheons, Kwanzaa and Christmas celebrations, Unity Dinners and dances, 25th Anniversary celebrations, national and local conferences, the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba Pioneer Gala, the Y.M.C.A Women of Distinction Award Gala, and other events and gatherings.

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