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Operation Black Vote Canada Announces Second Year Fellowship Program

Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Online applications are open for Black Canadians 18-25 years old, from Quebec and Alberta for the second year of the 1834 Fellowship program. So named for the year that slavery was abolished in Canada, the 1834 Fellowship will seek out 20 high-potential Black youth to prepare them for civic leadership roles and support them in their skills and career development. The first year of the 1834 Fellowship program presented a slate of successful Fellow graduates from the Province of Ontario. 21 Black youth were mentored and trained among Canadian leaders such as the Honorable Jean Augustine, MP Greg Fergus, and former Diplomat Nadia Theodore. The 1834 Fellowship is an intensive one-year civic leadership and public policy training program developed by Operation Black Vote Canada. The application deadline is January 15, 2021. The second-year (2021-2022) is open to 20 eligible candidates in Quebec and Alberta only. Candidates can apply online at The 1834 Fellows will participate in various virtual weekend policy mixers and networking events with some of Canada’s Top Black politicians and professionals. We are excited that we can expand the 1834 Fellowship to Alberta and Quebec. It is an opportunity for Black youth to have access to mentors, resources and training for skills they need to pursue their interest in public policy”. – Velma Morgan, Chair of Operation Black Vote I’m thrilled to be coordinating the 1834 Fellowship in Alberta! I look forward to assisting youth to develop their leadership skills while building their practical knowledge of public policy. I think this will be an excellent opportunity to build the capacity of our future leaders, and I’m excited to take part! “ – Robyn Taylor, 1834 Fellowship Coordinator -30- Operation Black Vote Canada (OBVC) was established in 2004 as a non-profit and multi-partisan organization that supports the election of Black people to public office. The organization educates, motivates, and advocates for Black Canadians to participate in Canada’s government, agencies, boards, commissions, civil service and in Canada’s political process at all levels. OBVC’s mission is to simplify and demystify the path to public office and civic engagement. For more information, visit

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