Fort Black Society promotes community spirit with potluck and dance challenge

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On August 21, 2021, the Fort Black Society hosted a community gathering and potluck at Turner Park. The outdoor event saw a great turnout of nearly 100 people who came to eat great food and meet new people in their community.

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“We served food from all different countries at the event, jollof rice and jerk chicken from Jamaica, just different kinds of popular food from different countries,” said Jibs Abitoye, organizer and city councilor. . “It was so nice to get together and share a meal, to dance together and to chat in community. We had a really good turnout, and the idea of ​​having the potluck was just to bring people together and do it safely. “

The potluck was attended by City officials, Federal candidate Tanya Holm, and a special turnout was made by the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP, who wowed the crowd with a fun dance routine.

“We had about 12 RCMP and municipal law enforcement officers, so it was really nice to see that,” Abitoye said. “They played games with the kids, they played soccer and they participated in our dance challenge which we are trying to get people in the community to participate in.”

The Fort Saskatchewan Dance Challenge by the Fort Black Community is a fun, light dance that community members can participate in to show their neighbors that these tough times don’t put us off. To watch videos from other participants, such as the Fort RCMP Dance Challenge, or to submit your own video, visit the Fort Black Society Facebook page @FortBlackCommunity.

“We try to invite different members of the community to participate in the dance challenge just to encourage this community spirit,” said Abitoye. “Given the pandemic and what we’re still going through, with the new variant and the new cases, we just want to foster a sense of oneness, fun and community.”

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The Fort Black Society is a group formed out of a desire to help each other out in the community.

“Really, the whole essence of the group is to support people, not just black people because we are really open to everyone,” Abitoye explained. “It is also supporting African heritage. It was really great to see community organizations like the Boys and Girls Club approaching us to collaborate and teach children things like how to cook African food, learn more about African culture, the arts, fashion, music and more. things like that. We are also here to volunteer and give back to the community. We’re still very new, but we’re still looking for ways to give back to our neighbors.

The group recently obtained its official registration in early August with the Alberta Companies Register. They hope to organize more events like potlucks that bring people together in the near future.