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The village: a place of healing, peace & unity

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The village: a place of healing, peace & unity

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, we looked for a solution with a lasting impact. We are building communities – gathering spaces – where people of African Descent experience a strong sense of belonging. Regardless of skin colour, economic and social status, culture and religion, civil and political orientation, every member of The Village will experience true peace – a true, lasting, and sustainable progression towards justice, compassion, and full participation of all members of the community in every aspect of society.

The Village of Peace is an independent, not-for-profit that promotes the mental health and well-being of people of African descent with services that create gathering spaces, design trauma-informed, anti-racism curricula; certify community healers, health coaches, and psychotherapists as Trauma Recovery Specialists; and support the success of Black entrepreneurs.

God said to Abram, “Know for sure that your descendants will be strangers [living temporarily] in a land (Egypt) that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed for four hundred years.
- Genesis 15:13

Our Mission

What makes us different

Our mission is to unite people of African Descent in online and geographic spaces that heal the multiple and intersecting traumas associated with 465 of racial oppression.

Our vision is to become a peaceful, transforming and unifying presence among people of African Descent. 

  • Peace, justice, and mercy for all
  • Protect the most vulnerable
  • Heal, transform, and change the world
  • Knowledge of God is wisdom
  • Forgiveness is the path to true peace and freedom
  • Develop a national Truth, Forgiveness and Reconciliation process to support healing within the Global African community
  • Develop and deliver the Peace Ambassador Program
  • Create Villages of Peace around the globe
  • Work with national and international partners to acquire lands and financial reparations
  • Community capacity building
    Economic independence and self-governance

Our clients include students (K to post-secondary), mental health practitioners and Black entrepreneurs. We are located in two regions: Brampton, ON and Kamloops, BC.

We're Creating An Army of Peacemakers

An 18-month certificate program to certify community healers, health coaches, and psychotherapists as Trauma Recovery Specialists.

We're Doing Forgiveness

We believe forgiveness is very much an action that we must engage in before we can experience true healing and breakthrough.

We're Building Black Businesses

Our goal is to help position black business owners as servant leaders in the African diaspora to ensure prosperity in our community.

We're Creating An Army of Peacemakers

An 18-month certificate program to certify community healers, health coaches, and psychotherapists as Trauma Recovery Specialists.

We're Doing Forgiveness

We believe forgiveness is very much an action that we must engage in before we can experience true healing and breakthrough.

We're Building Black Businesses

Our goal is to help position black business owners as servant leaders in the African diaspora to ensure prosperity in our community.

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New Program!

Smashing The Mirror

A large sized multi-ethnic group of attractive high school -aged students, both male and female, are huddled together smiling at the camera in this educational portrait.
We're passionate about helping a generation overcome their traumas and fearlessly pursue a happy, healthy, purpose-filled life!

Smashing The Mirror is a 22-week trauma-informed, anti-racism, secondary school curriculum that contributes to the elimination of racism and racial discrimination in Canadian public schools. The program aims to address systemic racial barriers, conduct research to support the integration of health in education, and foster cultural and intercultural community building.

Message from our Founder

The Village of Peace was founded with a great sense of hope at one of the most dramatic moments in the 21st century. The murder of George Floyd sent every person of African descent a devastating message. “Until you choose to empower and protect yourself, you will not be safe.”

We are purposefully creating a gathering space in Kamloops, BC and calling people of African descent to come in. We’re responding to our Nation’s need for safety and protection, a strong sense of belonging, and esteem in our community. 

We’re healing the traumatic wounds connected to the enslavement experience and ending the traumatic responses that hinder our full participation in all aspects of Canadian life. We are providing mental health care delivered by people who look like us and who value our spiritual ways of being. We’re creating economic independence as we support black entrepreneurs by bringing to life their creative business ideas! 

I’m excited about what the next 30 years will bring for our Nation. We are building a village that will allow us to return to ourselves and from the center of that village, we will erect a monument and send a message to the world “We forgive you, but this will never happen again!”  

Welcome to the village of peace!

Dr. Joan Samuels-Dennis

Founder, CEO

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Meet Our Board

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Harriet Obodo
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Richard Kanyangu
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Peter Akarakiri
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Kimone Gustav
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Jason Vilon
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Cynthia Dorrington
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Gathering Spaces

Kamloops, British Columbia

British Columbia offers it’s rocky coastlines, sandy beaches, forests, lakes, mountains, inland deserts and grassy plains to all who dare to visit, explore, or make it their home. We’re building a thriving settling place for black people all across the globe in Kamloops, BC, and there’s a place for you and your family here just waiting to be discovered!

Uniting people of African Descent in geographic spaces and places that heal their multiple and intersecting traumas.

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