Programs & Services

We are proud to provide services to improve the wellbeing of people of African Descent living in the CRD region and across Vancouver Island.

Our Programs

From information/referrals to educational and cultural programs, we are here to help.

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Community Connections

We assist people of African descent in the Capital Regional District to facilitate their settlement and integration in Canada. We provide information about housing, education, employment, and health care. The Centre is also a place where people can socialize and make valuable community connections.

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Information & Referrals

Through workshops and small group discussions, we provide Capital Regional District (CRD) residents with information about youth services, entrepreneurship, and money management.

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Cultural Awareness

Issamba Centre advances awareness and understanding of the richness and diversity of African and Caribbean culture and traditions

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Food Security

Every week from August - November, we are providing food baskets of culturally relevant food staples to members of the African descent and black community living in Victoria, Saanich, Langford, Duncan, and Nanaimo. To qualify, you have to be of African descent and be low-income.

How Can We Help

Issamba Centre offers a broad range of services designed to empower and meet the growing needs of the African descent community in Victoria and surrounding areas. Here are some highlights. 

La Teranga Food Baskets

Every Thursday, we provide food baskets of culturally relevant items to members of the community.

Live Music & Events

 We are passionate about promoting African culture through activities and events that celebrate African and Caribbean traditions of dance, music, literature, and the culinary arts.

Community Outreach

We advocate on issues affecting the African descent community. We believe that organizing and advocating for social and economic justice promotes access to opportunities.

Information & Referrals

Through workshops and small group discussions, we provide Capital Regional District (CRD) residents with information about youth services, entrepreneurship, and money management.

Cultural Supplies

We have hair products and African clothing for sale

Social Connections

We provide a home-away-from-home for Africans on Vancouver Island, and give ‘a taste of Africa’ for those visiting. As a bright, welcoming space, the Centre will promote social interaction, networking and dynamic experiences.

Around the Center

Issamba means coming together in Cameroon, and is a highly regarded value. In addition to being a hub for people of African descent, we also provide a gateway for engagement with Africa and the Caribbean.

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Dedicated meeting & lounge space

High speed internet connection, comfortable seating and meeting space for rent.

Social Connections

We arelocated in the vibrant neighborhood of Quadra Village. Stop by and make friends :)

Computer Access + Free Printing 

Access to computers and free scanning/printing in a beautiful, welcoming space.

Dedicated staff and volunteers

Our staff and volunteers are happy to assist you virtually or in person.

African Arts & Cultural Centre: A hub for people of African Descent

Centre Culturel et Social pour les Personnes d'Ascendance Africaine

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