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Congress of Black Women of Manitoba Inc. fonds
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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

Congress of Black Women of Manitoba Inc.

Accession 16.015 consists of 10 series of records pertaining to the operations, events, and members of the Congress of Black Women of Manitoba. Series include minutes 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 presentation by a member of the Congress, and has been included in the internal publications series of accession 16.015.

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.

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.

Correspondence

Series 2 consists of both incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding events, workshops, multicultural initiatives, and other topics or events in which members of the Congress were interested or involved. Also included in this series are invitations, greeting cards, memos between organizations or members of the Congress, nominations, letters of support and thanks, and other materials related to correspondence such as reports, presentations, information about meetings, funding information, program proposals, surveys, budget info, and programs and brochures.

Correspondence

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.

Electronic Records

Series 8 consists of CDs and DVDs. Discs mainly contain photos and recordings of proceedings taken at events sponsored by the Congress or attended by its members. Other files include PowerPoint presentations, posters and other promotional materials, sound recordings, and meeting minutes.

Events and Workshops

Series 3 includes materials created or collected as part of planning, promoting, or hosting events and workshops organized by members of the Congress, including Family Violence Workshops, Festivals of Art & Culture, Cultural Awareness Workshops, conferences, and Unity Dinners. Materials include programs, guest books, event proposals, and invitations. Also included are evaluations of events, and invitations and programs for external events that were attended or participated-in by members of the Congress.

A member of the Congress was part of researching and curating a 1996 exhibit at the Manitoba Museum called Back Tracks to Railway Ties, and the transcripts of oral history interviews conducted as part of the project and other related materials are also included in this series.

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.

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