Leading in Colour is a youth-led community organization exclusively by and for racialized youth under the age of 30. Our goal is to train young leaders in activism-based skills that they can use to advocate for themselves and their communities, through peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.
Who Are We?
Leading in Colour launched at the end of July 2019 and was born out of righteous anger. After experiencing the rejection of racialized perspectives in activist settings, our founder, Serisha, felt the only way to combat the white supremacy disguised as performative allyship and white saviourism was to create spaces where racialized communities could learn from each other. Using a model of peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, the goal was to centre the lived experiences and expertise of racialized youth in a way that highlighted their leadership in unlearning internalized oppressions and conducting intergenerational education in their homes. The hope was to support youth as they endeavoured to learn how to take meaningful action while representing the interests of their communities and additionally, learn what demonstrable solidarity and active allyship can look like across oppressed and repressed
communities. Our ways of working are largely influenced by the cultural upbringing and values of our team. As first-generation Canadians, children of refugees & protected persons and generational survivors of Apartheid, our values are rooted in the following:
– Global Decolonization
– Anti-Oppression (e.g. anti-racism, accessibility, intersectionality)
– ‘The Last Will Be The First’
– Community Care
As beneficiaries of refuge in Tiohtià:ke on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka, we hold solidarity with Indigenous Peoples across what is currently known as the colonial state of Canada. We recognize the deep connection between the creation of the Apartheid state of South Africa and The Indian Act. We also acknowledge the failure to enact the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions by the governments and inhabitants of both states. Leading in Colour operates virtually from the unceded territories of the Algonquin Anishinabeg and of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Since our inception, Leading in Colour has evolved and shifted in both our appearance and what we’re able to offer.
Our new logo embraces the history of our old logo’s ‘L’ shaped arrow, guiding us ever forward in a shape of a boat that journeys our history as descendants of enslaved and indentured peoples.
The varying shades of brown denote the diverse levels of melanin we hold not only within our own household but across the communities we call our kin.
The tones and placement of ‘COLOUR’ is used to illustrate an abstract face representing the community of leaders we support.
We create with intention and humility to honour the difficult work of unlearning oppression and the foundations set by our ancestors, communities, parents and elders.